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[Hawai'i Place Names]
Ford Island

Island (450 acres), Pearl Harbor, Oʻahu. Dr. Seth Ford (1818-1866), a Honolulu physician, came to Hawaiʻi from Boston and worked at the Hawaiian Insane Asylum and the U.S. Marine Hospital from 1861 to 1866. He purchased the island, and it was named after him. Following his death the Honolulu Plantation bought the island and used it to grow sugarcane. During World War I, the army purchased it from the Li Estate for $236,000. In 1923 it was transferred to the navy and used as a landing field. In 1962 the navy decommissioned it as a landing field. In 1964 it was designated as a national historic landmark, and in 1975 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also known as Mokuʻumeʻume, Poka ʻAilana.

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