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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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On the Beach at Waikiki
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Music by Henry Kailimai
Lyrics by G.H. Stover
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Hawaii six years before Pearl Harbor...
22 November 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

A picture postcard look at Hawaii is what we get in this James A. FitzPatrick short subject with Hawaiian chants in the background as he narrates in his usual dry style a brief history of the island.

It begins with some landmark sights in Honolulu, the capitol, with a look at the imposing Tower of Aloha before switching to some natives wearing colorful capes that were worn by the Kings of Hawaii; then we see the coloring of coral; women making floral wreaths to greet visitors; a few glimpses of dances to demonstrate the various hulas of Polynesian life; and an interesting shot of Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head mountains looming in the background.

The short closes with the narrator saying something about the crescent waves and the turquoise sea as the sun sets on the island paradise.

Mention is made of the U.S. Naval Station which would later undergo attack at Pearl Harbor, but it is not shown at all.


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