1940s VINTAGE HAWAII FOOTAGE (SILENT) SURFING SUGAR & PINEAPPLE FARMS HONOLULU MAUI OAHU 19874



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This reel of gorgeous color footage from 1940s Hawaii was made for sale to visiting tourists at shops in Honolulu. Each 100′ roll of film, running about 3-4 minutes, presented a different aspect of the magic isles. First is “Pineapple and Sugar Industries of Hawaii” (:29), showing the rich agriculture that supported the territory’s economy. At :50 crops are burned to prepare the soil. At 1:03 loads of sugar cane are removed from the field and processed at 1:15. At 2:00 pineapples are harvested in fields by laborers wearing hats to shield them from the sun. At 3:01 the pineapples enter a sorting machine where they are then processed for canning (3:23). At 3:56 they are shipped all over the world. At 4:00 is the second film, “Maui the Valley Isle” showcasing various sights on the island. The film closes at 7:26 with a spectacular sunset. At 7:32 is a film about Oahu, with shots of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach. This begins at 7:40 with shots of a Pearl Harbor’s cemetery. At 7:50 an ocean liner, probably SS Lurline, is shown arriving in port while at 8:00 visitors arrive on a United Airlines DC-3 airplane. At 8:13 the Aloha Tower is shown and at 8:44 the famed statue of King Kamehameha. At 9:37 local fishermen show off their catch while at 9:50 is extensive footage of surfing. At 10:03 are shots of the blow hole and at 10:15 Waikiki Beach and more surfing as well as catamarans and canoes.

At 11:03 “Surfing Thrills at Waikiki” is a delightful look at the art of surfing as it existed in the early post-WWII era.

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6 comments

  1. Also, notice how blue the sky is when not cloudy….I miss our deep blue skies like before They started dispensing aerosols from specially equipped planes.

  2. I found out the first hawaiian surfers, that pioneered an entire sport, were involved with the overthrow of the queen.

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