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Hawaiian Native Life
Description: An educational film about Hawaii in the 1940s
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Clip #: TFA-349B
Length: 10:31
Year: 1940
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1940s
Region: South Pacific
Country: United States
State: Hawaii
Subject: Agriculture
Original: 16mm
1940s, Hawaii, spinning globe zooming in on Hawaii, Mauna Loa, area of broken lava with no soil coverage, agricultural workers of various nationalities planting and cutting sugar cane and harvesting pineapples, immigrants, sugar cane field being burned off before harvesting, sugar cane loader, cane traveling in water down chutes from field into railroad cars to sugar plant, bay, Honolulu cityscape, factories, port, palm-fringed shore, boys swimming in surf, boy drinking water from rain barrel, woman wrapping fish in broad leaves and cooking on open fire, man grating coconut meat, boy leading donkey carrying firewood from grove of Koa trees, boys fishing with nets, girl putting coconut meat into cloth and squeezing juice out to make dressing for vegetable dishes, boys returning with catch of Manini fish, family sitting down at outdoor table and saying grace before eating breakfast, white men from nearby plantation coming to inspect sport canoe being built by native workers, teenage boy leading donkey carrying younger siblings to school, children standing up to pledge allegiance to flag, boys of various ethnicities including Asian and Native Hawaiian playing football on playground, girls playing basketball, canoe builders carrying completed sport canoe to water’s edge where it is blessed by priest and launched for trial voyage, feast being prepared for completed canoe, men making poi, women wrapping fish in long stemmed leaves, pig being roasted, women making plumeria leis, roast pig cooked on hot rocks being uncovered from beneath leaves and carried to banquet scene and placed on ground covered in banana leaves, banquet commencing with people eating from seats on blanket and man sprinkling spices over roast pig, Polynesian man showing white man how to eat poi with hands, men and women leaning against palm trees singing and playing ukuleles

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