The lowdown of who’s visited The Aloha State

  • “Famous Visitors to Hawaii”

There is no doubt Hawaii is a popular destination for visitors all over the world.

According to the state’s own data, there are nearly 10 million visitors to these islands every year.​

And our Garden Island accounts for over one million of those visitors alone!​

People from all spectrums of life and every background come here to discover the beauty, pleasure and culture that all of us who live here get to enjoy every day.​

Throughout history, some visitors were well-known to many, and even made history with their visit. Iconic figures such as Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Jack London are just a few that one may already know of.​

But did you know about Buster Crabbe (of serials “Flash Gordon” and “Tarzan” fame), Sun Yat-sen (the father of modern China), or Thomas Edison (inventor of the light bulb)?​

Newly released by authors Walter Dudley and Pete Hendricks, “Famous Visitors to Hawaii: Authors, Aviators, Actors, and Others Who Visited Hawaii — Where They Went, What They Did, and How It Changed Their Lives” is an entertaining exploration into this interesting bit of Hawaii history.​

George Harrison of The Beatles, Bing Crosby, Gen. George Patton, and many more are chronicled in “Famous Visitors to Hawaii,” and it makes a fun read for visitors and residents alike.​


Ed Justus is the owner of the Talk Story Bookstore in Hanapepe. Yuriko and Ed Justus are residents of Kalaheo. The Talk Story Bookstore is open every day.


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