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The Hawaiians (1970)

The intertwined lives of two kindred souls with ambition begins when Captain Whip Hoxworth discovers that Nyuk Tsin has been smuggled aboard as part of cargo on The Carthaginian, which he ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Micah Hale
Milton Overpeck
Virginia Ann Lee ...
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Queen Liliuokalani
Foo Sen
Khigh Dhiegh ...
Kai Chung
Mary Munday ...
Malama Hale


The intertwined lives of two kindred souls with ambition begins when Captain Whip Hoxworth discovers that Nyuk Tsin has been smuggled aboard as part of cargo on The Carthaginian, which he captains, a cargo supposed to consist of only male Chinese workers bound for Hawaii. Nyuk Tsin was kidnapped from her Haaka village to be sold to a Honolulu brothel. She is spared when Mun Ki claims she is his wife, and Hoxworth goes along with his wife's suggestion that they can work in the Hoxworth household as domestic servants. Nyuk Tsin becomes known to all as Wu Chow's Auntie (Aunt of Five Continents) when her five sons are named after continents (with Mun Ki's wife in China regarded as their official mother). Whip founds an empire in pineapples, using Japanese laborers, after smuggling his first seed crop from French Guiana as Wu Chow's Auntie grows a family business in Honolulu around her sons. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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The continuation of James A. Michener's epic novel, Hawaii!



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Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 November 1970 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Master of the Islands  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Although he had declined the original "Hawaii " in 1966. Heston was willing to make this sequel. According to David Shipman's Great Movie Stars- the International Years, Heston was paid $750, 000 plus 10% of the profits. See more »


During the bathing scene, bikini tan lines can seen on one of the Japanese women. See more »


Whip Hoxworth: I envy the pious. They can be bastards and never know it.
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History of Hawaii, docudrama
27 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

Out of all of the "Hawaiians" conversions of James Michner's novels, I lke this one best("The Hawaiians"). It has a possible plot of how Hawaii began its Pineapple industry. The Pineapple actually being in the Palm Tree family and what a person is eating is the soft inner pulp of the tree. It is was actually produced in New Guinee and it was a death offense to transport live Pineapple from there.

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