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  • keith2draw
    Feb 2, 2007
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      Here's a description of the movie that the film snipet is from:

      Song of the Islands, a Miller-Nagel Production, was a forty-minute drama made in 1934
      and screened in many mainland theatres and on cruise ships. Blanding wrote the
      screenplay and provided narration, and the Hawaiian cast consisted of Sam Kapu, Pualani
      Mokimana, James Kamakaiwi, and Joe Kamakau. Music was provided by Harry Owens and
      his Royal Hawaiian Orchestra, Bob Cutter, the Hawaiian Girls Glee Club, Ray Kinney and his
      Hawaiians, the Joe Kamakau Singers, and Minerva Patten.

      As a steamer departs for the mainland, a woman asks Hawaiian resident Don Blanding to
      explain the custom of throwing leis into the water. Blanding explains that its roots lay in a
      story of Old Hawaii: Princess Pualani, whose name means "Flowers of Heaven," is an island
      girl who loves Moku, a young native who is not of royal blood. Like all Hawaiians, Moku
      and Pualani love the water. They spend their time together like happy children and Moku
      makes a lei of shells for Pualani, a symbol of their eternal love. In those days, the
      Hawaiians practiced the old crafts, including weaving, netting and carving cocoanuts. One
      day, large canoes approach the island and Pualani's father, the chief of the village, greets a
      prince traveling from a neighboring island. The prince, who is looking for a wife, and has
      heard stories of Pualani's beauty, wants her for his bride. The chief accepts the prince's
      gifts and tells his daughter that she must marry him. She does notwant to marry the prince
      and leave her home, but her father insists that it is her duty. Even though Pualani knows
      that she will one day be a queen, she still loves Moku. Though her heart is broken, Pualani
      returns the lei to Moku. During a sumptuous wedding feast, traditional foods are served,
      including fish and poi, which is made from Taro root and prepared by the men. The pig
      brought by the prince has been wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in a pit for three
      days. As Pualani dances the traditional Hula, Moku can no longer bear to watch the
      ceremony and leaves. Later, he makes a special lei for her and gives it to her as she
      departs in the prince's canoe. As the canoe goes further away from the island, Pualani
      lovingly kisses the lei and places it in the water. For hours Moku sadly looks toward the
      sea until the lei drifts onto the shore. Now knowing that Pualani still loves him, Moku
      prays to the gods that, like the lei, Pualani will someday return to him. At the end of the
      story, Blanding tells his companion that it explains the reason why tourists throw leis into
      the water as they sail away from Hawaii, promising that someday they will return.

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