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The impact "The Hawaiians" has made on this viewer stretches over many years. Not only because it finishes the story initiated by the earlier film release, "Hawaii," which is readily available on video. But also because within this film we enjoy an epic life's story of a Chinese m woman, played by Tina Chen, who only speaks the Hakah mountain dialect. She arrives in Hawaii with almost no English, but a strong desire to survive and succeed. She is the center figure of the story and as such, she gives birth to five sons and ultimately one daughter all by a man, also from China, played by Mako. She dedicates herself to him. This guy, by the way, is already married to a woman still living in China,his first wife, who he sends much of his earnings to. So our Heroine, must be her own children's "auntie."
When her husband contracts Leprosy, Wu Chow's Auntie, as she is now called by everybody who knows her, nobly follows her husband to the outcast Island of Molokai where she takes care of him until he dies.(Mako is not Chinese but an excellent Japanese-American actor. We can see him in his latest film as the Admiral who attacks "Pearl Harbor."} Thanks to the friendship of the Hawaiian Island Master played by Charlton Heston, this great lady, who miraculously does not contract the dreaded Leprous disease, is allowed to return to her children, now grown to teenagers. All five boys,and the youngest, a girl, born at the Leper Colony and sent home just after her birth, have all managed to still be living together at the old homestead. Although missing for so many year, they are nevertheless, glad to see their mother, but when Wu Chow's Auntie begins to take charge and direct them, declaring which son will be a lawyer and which a doctor etc.; they are astonished and resistantly shout questions ... " How can we do this, we have no money. " Wu Chow's Auntie listens patiently to all the reasons for why her expectations are impossible. Then the noble mother pulls herself to her fullest height, surely no more then five feet, and declares, looking each child in his eyes until he is forced to lower them: "Impossible has come back from Molokai." Naturally to find out what happens to this woman you have to read James Michener's epic novel. This one scene alone, would make the film a MUST SEE in my opnion. I really am impatient with the controllers who are delaying the release of this wonderful story. Come on guys, get moving.. Give us "The Hawaiians," on VHS and DVD too.
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