Last Days of the Keeper

Ron Cianfarani on the catwalk of the Makapuu Light at Oahu, Hawaii. The lighthouse was built at the point in the islands where ships crossing from the Pacific coast of the US first made landfall. After a fire that killed one keeper, the original oil vapor lamp was replaced by a radio beacon and a powerful incandescent bulb. We’re not certain whether Cianfarani himself was a keeper, but the light was automated by the Coast Guard in 1974, just a few years after this photo was taken.

Photo by Warren Roll, March 8, 1971