The 1950s was a decade of unprecedented economic growth and during that period the average American’s income grew by thirty percent. This set of images taken in Hawaii during 1958 show the result of the economic expansion which also happened there at the same time. A year later the US territory officially became the fiftieth state.
The boom in new car sales and registered cars on the road in Hawaii lead to the need for more filling stations and car service facilities. This set of images contain views of the August 2, 1958, grand opening of Megs Nakama’s Flying A Service Station on the eastern side of Honolulu.
Terry Koenig’s father worked in Hawaii for the Tide Water Oil Company which used its Flying A brand name to sell its gas, oil, and lubrication services. Terry was a young child at the time and he attended this grand opening with his dad, who took this set of photos.