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01/15/2015 07:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Stunning Photos Show How Hawaii Has Changed In 125 Years (PHOTOS)

Flash back to Honolulu in 1889.

There were no planes, a population of less than 100,000 people and only a few carriages. Unlike today, traffic was unheard of. To get around the mountainous rock known as Oahu, most people had to hoof it on foot. "If you were very young or old or disabled in any way," DeSoto Brown, a historian at Honolulu's Bishop Museum, told The Huffington Post, "you didn't walk very far, or go very far away from where you lived."

The next 125 years, however, would send Hawaii through enormous growth: a new government and statehood, the boom and then demise of the sugar industry, and martial law during the war years. Of all the changes, however, Brown says that "transportation is the thing that's made the biggest difference."

As transportation methods evolved in the twentieth century, Honolulu's pristine island paradise gave way to harbors, highways and airports -- and all the growth they brought with them.

A new exhibition at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, called "Change," examines this cultural, industrial and technological evolution. Below, see how Honolulu has changed in the pictures of local landmarks, provided by the Bishop Museum.

Punchbowl Crater, 1890
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Wilhelmina Rise in Kaimuki, 1924
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Diamond Head and Waikiki from Tantalus, 1927
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Waikiki, 1937
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Hawaii Kai, as seen from Koko Head, 1945
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Hawaii Kai, as seen from Koko Head (Waikiki and Diamond Head in the background), 1945
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Ward Avenue at Blaisdell Convention Center, 1959
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Interstate H-1 freeway construction, 1960
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Waikiki, 1960
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Honolulu from Punchbowl lookout, 1960
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Waikiki with Royal Hawaiian and Moana hotels, date unknown
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