When much of the US seems to be stuck in a deep freeze, one's thoughts naturally turn to Hawai'i. And when you think of Hawai'i, you think about traveling there.
But at this moment, I happened to be reading a bit about President Theodore Roosevelt and his "Great White Fleet." As you know, the GWF was a cruise of several US Naval ships in a fairly transparent display of sea power worldwide.
In 1908, the GWF visited Hawai'i, pausing long enough to pick up new supplies, and even a few pineapples from the locals. (Remember, at the time, pineapples were still fairly exotic. We have them year-round these days, but in the early part of the 20th century, this was heady stuff.)
|The Great White Fleet pauses in Hawai'i for pineapples. Postcard from 1908 Hawai'i.|
This got me to thinking... My grandparents were alive in 1908, and I know it was possible to travel to Hawai'i then. But would they? How much would it cost? This leads to today's challenges...
1. How much would it cost to travel from San Francisco to Hawai'i?
2. About how long would it take to get from San Francisco to Honolulu?
3. (Extra credit) If you were an average guy living in San Francisco at the time, was this just ridiculously expensive, or could just about anyone afford the fare? (Another way to think about this--what fraction of an average annual salary would the round-trip fare be? If it's more than 10% of an annual paycheck, that's too much.)
The first two challenges are pretty straightforward. I haven't done #3 yet, but I'm interested in how you approach the question.
As usual, let us know HOW you come to answer these questions. We're curious about how you think about the process, about what works for you, and what doesn't work for you!