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GROUNDBREAKING AT THE 
NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965 




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With the same festive spirit and native charm envisioned 
for Hawaii's Fair exhibit. Loki and Olina assist Lt. Gov. 
and Mrs. fames K. Kealoha and Fair president Robert 
Moses at official groundbreaking ceremonies. 




Attending the Hawaiian groundbreaking ceremonies are: 
Kei Yamato, Leslie Levi, Rev. Dr. Harry Komuro. Rev. 
Joseph J. Bevilacqua, Reginald W . Carter, Robert Moses, 
Lt. Gov. and Mrs. James K. Kealoha, General William 
E. Potter. Reino Aarnio. 



I 1962 New York World'* Foir 1964- 1965 Corporator. 



REMARKS BY HAWAIIAN AND WORLD'S FAIR 
OFFICIALS AT THE HAWAIIAN PAVILION 
GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONIES, NEW YORK 
WORLD'S FAIR, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1962. 



GEN. WILLIAM E. POTTER (Executive Vice Presi- 
dent of the New York World's Fair) : Ladies and Gentle- 
men, welcome to Hawaii. To start our festivities this 
morning I'd like to introduce the Reverend Bevilacqua, 
who will invoke the blessing. 

REV. BEVILACQUA: Let us pray. Eternal God, the 
source of all human good, we are extremely grateful to 
be here this morning to open up this worthwhile venture. 
We ask thy blessing upon what we do, that this World's 
Fair may demonstrate the unity of all peoples throughout 
the world and that this Hawaiian exhibit may demonstrate 
to the world that the spirit of Aloha can bring people 
together and bind them into one common humanity. 

So bless our efforts here this morning and may the 
world come to be closer together, because the spirit of 



Aloha has invaded this Fair and has gone throughout the 
world. In the name of Him who came in order that 
abundant life may be available to all people, and that the 
universality and harmony of all races may be demonstrated, 
we ask this blessing upon this groundbreaking ceremony 
here today. Amen. 

GEN. POTTER: A year ago, I visited Hawaii in order 
to present to the leaders of Hawaii the advantages of being 
in the New York World's Fair in 1964 and 1965. We 
soon found that the man we dealt with, the man who was 
putting quiet strength back of the effort, was the Lieu- 
tenant Governor of that great state and soon-to-be execu- 
tive director of the Hawaiian exhibit. I'd like to introduce 
to you Lt. Governor James K. Kealoha, who will make 
a few remarks. 

LT. GOV. KEALOHA: Thank you very kindly Gen- 
eral Potter. Reverend Bevilacqua, Mr. Moses, officers and 
members of the New York World's Fair Corporation. 

We are indeed very happy to be one of you this morn- 
ing, and as I am extending Hawaii's warmest Aloha to all 
of you, I see that I have also brought with me Hawaii's 
warm sunshine. 




The magic of Hawaii, America ' s distinctly different state, 
will be recreated at the 1964-1965 New York World's 
Fair. Embracing 113,838 square feet in the Lake Area, 



home of the exposition' s amusement section, the state 
will present its history and culture in the Aloha Building 
while the "Restaurant of the Five Volcanoes," reaching 



partly over the lake, will serve exotic native dishes. Life 
of Hawaii of old will be presented in the open-air, 
thatched-roof "Ulu Mau Village." 



We are extremely proud to be the first state to parti- 
cipate in the New York World's Fair program. And at 
the same time, with a completion of the contract, and our 
now-definite participation, I hope that we can bring the 
spirit of Aloha from the Islands to contribute to this great 
event here in New York City's Flushing Meadow Park. 

We wish for the Fair every success and every happiness 
and I am sure that we, in our little way and from Hawaii, 
can contribute something to its well being and to its prog- 
ress. Mr. Moses, I told you a few minutes ago before 
arriving here that we would be very happy if you and 
General Potter can come down to Hawaii before the end 
of the year, for one visit at least. 

So, we know exactly where we are going from here on 
until we start presenting Hawaii's part in your program. 
I wish every success, every happiness, and good health 
to all of the people of New York. Mahalo and Aloha. 

GEN. POTTER: In our little expedition to Hawaii — 
we had people who devised an exhibit that will astound 
everybody in New York and be a prime attraction of our 
Fair. This exhibit in its entirety was designed and thought 




partly over the lake, will serve exotic native dishes. Life 
of Hawaii of old will be presented in the open-air. 
thatched-roof "Ulu Mau Village." 



We are extremely proud to be the first state to parti- 
cipate in the New York World's Fair program. And at 
the same time, with a completion of the contract, and our 
now-definite participation, I hope that we can bring the 
spirit of Aloha from the Islands to contribute to this great 
event here in New York City's Flushing Meadow Park. 

We wish for the Fair every success and every happiness 
and I am sure that we, in our little way and from Hawaii, 
can contribute something to its well being and to its prog- 
ress. Mr. Moses, I told you a few minutes ago before 
arriving here that we would be very happy if you and 
General Potter can come down to Hawaii before the end 
of the year, for one visit at least. 

So, we know exactly where we are going from here on 
until we start presenting Hawaii's part in your program. 
I wish every success, every happiness, and good health 
to all of the people of New York. Mahalo and Aloha. 

GEN. POTTER: In our little expedition to Hawaii — 
we had people who devised an exhibit that will astound 
everybody in New York and be a prime attraction of our 
Fair. This exhibit in its entirety was designed and thought 



up by Mr. Leslie Levi, who is here today and we are 
honored by the presence of Mrs. Levi. The architect who 
put the imagination in the buildings is also here — Mr. 
Reino Aarnio. 

It is now my great pleasure to introduce the man who 
manages the Fair, and who accepts the kind invitation of 
the Lieutenant Governor to Hawaii — our president, Mr. 
Robert Moses. 

ROBERT MOSES: Well Em glad that General Potter 
accepted that invitation. I accept it for both of us. We'll 
be there hand in hand. Now I don't make a practice of 
flattering people or playing up one particular site as against 
another, or using too much circus language — but I think 
this is the finest site in the Fair. I base this on considerable 
experience. Along with some other people who are still 
connected with the Flushing Meadow Park, we selected 
this as the site for the 1939-1940 World's Fair. We had 
charge of what was called the basic improvements, before 
Grover Whalen took it over and ran the Fair itself. 

One of our problems was what to do about a state 
exhibit — and by state exhibit I mean the New York 



State exhibit. There was a committee appointed by the 
Governor, and their first disposition was to build a tem- 
porary building, just large enough for the exhibits them- 
selves that were to go inside. We finally persuaded them 
to build this structure which you see over here on the 
west, which of course is a permanent building and has 
a theatre that seats over 8,000 people — and a swimming 
pool and all the other things that go with it. In the proc- 
ess, we chewed up so much time and money in building 
this permanent structure that there wasn't any place for 
the exhibit. So they had to build a temporary building 
which is of course no longer here, to house the State 
exhibit. 

When we picked this site we told the Governor and 
the members of the Legislature and the members of the 
Commission, that this was the best site in the World's 
Fair and I still think it is. We have some problems with 
the water here in the lake but they're being solved. Gen- 
eral Potter and General Whipple and the others are work- 
ing on that. I don't think we need have any doubts on 
that score. 

I would be hopeful that somehow — I don't know how 






this can be done, I'm just thinking out loud, which is 
always a dangerous process — that something of this 
Hawaiian exhibit could remain here after the Fair, as a 
permanent part of Flushing Meadow Park. And I want 
to point out to you what very few people understand — 
that Flushing Meadow is at the geographical center of 
New York City. It is presently at the population center, 
and I think you can figure out, very easily, that this in the 
long run is going to be a larger and more important park 
in New York than Central Park. It will be the park in 
New York City. 

And we want Hawaii to be here not only during the 
Fair, but afterwards. I haven't any doubt at all about the 
success of this exhibit during the Fair. I like the people 
who are in it. I like their enthusiasm. And we are de- 
lighted that they have such a wonderful location for their 
show. 





Fair president Robert Moses presents official Fair medal- 
lion to Hawaii's Lt. Gov. James K. Kealoba. 




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NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965 CORPORATION 

Flushing 52, N. Y. Tel. 212-WF 4-1964 

ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee 

WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President 

CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations 

WILLIAM A. BERNS, Vice President, Communications and 

Public Relations 
ERWIN WITT, Comptroller 

MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section 

GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority) Transportation Section 
ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretary of ffie Corporation and 

Assistant to the President 
WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer 



HAWAII WORLD'S FAIR COMMITTEE 

LT. GOVERNOR JAMES K. KEALOHA, Chairman 

SENATOR WILLIAM H. HILL 

SENATOR HEBEDEN PORTEUS 

SENATOR FRANCIS M. F. CHING 

SENATOR SAKAE TAKAHASHI 

SENATOR NELSON K. DOI 

REP. STANLEY I. HARA 

REP. DAVID K. TRASK, JR. 

REP. LARRY N. KIRIYAMA 

REP. WILLIAM E. FERNANDES 

REP. WEBLEY EDWARDS 

MRS. ELIZABETH FARRINGTON 

MR. RALPH HONDA 

MR. CHINN HO 

MR. RAY MILICI 

MR. THURSTON TWIGG-SMITH 

REINO AARNIO, Archifecf 

EXHIBIT MANAGER 

IVEL CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION, 
LESLIE LEVI, President 



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