Film screening reveals unknown historic Hawaii events

Pacific Island documentaries created by Juniroa Productions continue to lead the industry with passionate stories, concepts, Hawaii events and documentaries. One of their most innovative stories, Under A Jarvis Moon, will enjoy a screening event at the Hawaii Theatre this month. On August 24, 2011 at 7:00pm, the Hawaii Theatre will host a showing of the documentary, which traces an almost forgotten history of Kamehameha Schools students who were sent on a secret US government mission in 1935. [note]The event is free, but seats must be reserved in advance. Tickets are available at Hawaii Theatre Box Office and the event is open to the public.[/note]

Why were Hawaii students sent to remote islands?

Their mission: to colonize a chain of remote desert atolls are known as the Line Islands, located south of the Hawaiian Islands. The chain’s largest inhabited island is Kiritimati, also known as Christmas Island, which has a current population of just over 5,000. However, from 1935 to 1942, over 130 students were sent to the deserted islands of Baker, Howland, and Jarvis to colonize and create reports for the US government. At the time, trans-Pacific flights from the US West Coast to Australia were not possible, and the government wanted to explore more flight landing strip possibilities in the Pacific Ocean. Another reason for sending the Kamehameha Schools students to these islands was to establish rule over the uninhabited islands. International law required non-military occupation of neutral islands in the world for at least one year before making a claim of ownership.Bishop Museum exhibit becomes Feature Documentary
The documentary grew from a 2002 Bishop Museum exhibit entitled “Hui Panala’au: Hawaiian Colonists, American Citizens.” Project manager Noelle Kahanu, whose grandfather was one of the colonists sent to the Line Islands, also helped direct the Juniroa documentary. In early 2011, “Under the Jarvis Moon” was first screened in downtown Honolulu at the Marks Garage, a community center dedicated to showcasing the arts of Hawaii.

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