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Honolulu: The Paradise of the Pacific (1935)

A Traveltalk visit to Hawaii's capital city in the 1930s.

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This travelogue starts with a bit of island history and a visit to the statue of King Kamehameha, who unified the islands in the 18th century. The statue, with a lei on its extended arm, welcomes the many travelers arriving at the shore. Honolulu's central location in Pacific trade routes as well as its strategic U.S. military base are mentioned. From there, it's hula time, then a trip to Waikiki, a look at young men in canoes, and a bird's eye view of the coastline. As we bid farewell, we hear the strains of "Aloha Oe." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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2 November 1935 (USA)  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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On the Beach at Waikiki
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Music by Henry Kailimai
Lyrics by G.H. Stover
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15 March 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Honolulu: The Paradise of the Pacific (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another entry in MGM's popular TravelTalk series with this one looking at Honolulu and needless to say there's a lot of outdoor activities being shown off. We visit various sites including the capital, floral wreaths making, coloring of coral, Waikiki Beach plus countless surfers and swimmers. I've said this several times but it's important to remember when a short like this was made. Sure, you can punch up Honolulu on your computer today and get a much better documentary on what to do there but in 1935 I'm sure this was a major delight and that's why this series lasted so long. The one interesting note while watching this movie is the fact that it shows the island six years before Pearl Harbor.


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