September Feature: Hawaii’s Steamship Era

In 1882, Captain William Matson sailed his three-masted schooner, the Emma Claudina, from San Francisco to Hilo, Hawaii, carrying 300 tons of food, plantation supplies and general merchandise. That voyage launched the Matson Navigational Company, which flourishes to the present day.

Starting in the mid-1920s, however, Matson was best known for its luxury liners that accommodated the increasing passenger traffic to Hawaii before airplanes. Their first world-class luxury liner, the S.S. Malolo, was built in 1927. At the time, she was the fastest ship in the Pacific, cruising at 22 knots. The success of this liner led to the construction of the other three ships in Matson’s famous “Great White Fleet,” the Mariposa, Monterey and Lurline. Together, these four ships, combined with the iconic Matson-owned Royal Hawaiian Hotel, became instrumental in the development of tourism in Hawaii.
This month, we invite you to browse our collection of Matson memorabilia from Hawaii’s “steamship era,” including colorful menus, original postcards, an incredible resin flying fish wall accent straight from the ballroom of the S.S. Malolo, and an exclusive handmade travel agent’s model of the S.S. Monterey!