11 Other Pacific Stories

11.1. Tu'umalo le Tupu o le Malo o Toga, Lana Afioga Taufa'ahau Tupou IV (King Taufa'ahau Tupou's Funeral in Tonga)
23 min. Samoan Narration. ASCC Samoan Studies Inst. © 2006
On Sept. 12, 2006 his Majesty King Taufa’ahau Tupou passed away and was buried on September 19th. This video highlights the funeral with a Samoan narration.

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11.5. Then There Were None
26 min. Pacific Islanders in Communication © 1989
Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey chronicles the decimation of the Hawaiian people and culture, as the Hawaiian Islands were transformed from an independent Polynesian kingdom into the 50th State of the United States. Lindsey, who is part Hawaiian, presents the history and the injustices incurred upon the Hawaiian people in a clear, dramatic and yet factual manner using mostly archival footage and an eloquent narration.

11.6. Sumo East and West
53 min. Ferne Pearlstein & Robert Edwards. Dist. Pacific Islanders in Communications. © 2003
Documents the culture and art of Japanese Sumo, as it is being developed and practiced by dedicated individuals in Hawaii. Very educational video for those interested in the sport, art and associated spiritual beliefs of Sumo.

11.7. American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawaii
56 min. Blue Stocking Films Inc. © 2003
Documents the traditions and art of the Hawaiian hula, and its contemporary resurgence among Hawaiian communities within the U.S.A mainland. Footage from various schools of Hawaiian hula, interviews with the Hula masters are featured. A useful look into the cultural meaning of the Hawaiian hula and its significance for some Hawaiians outside of Hawaii. Presentation

11.9. Hawaiian Sting
9 min. Pacific Islanders in Communications © 1997.
A scripted acted out comedy featuring a Hawaiian man talking about using the “Hawaiian Sting” to kill flies and cockroaches, these insects are taken as symbolic for the intrusion of Westerners and their culture into the Hawaiian Islands. Decoration

11.12. John Frum: The Big Death
28 min. (Films for the Humanities ans Sciences) © 1995
(Melanesian Cargo Cults. World War II and the Pacific Islanders). During the war, supplies for American troops were regularly unloaded on Tanna Island in Vanuatu by a pilot who introduced himself simply as “John from USA.” The islanders came to believe that ‘John Frum’ was a god who would bring riches from the sky. Later, when an American Red Cross medical officer visited the area, the Tannese associated his airplane with John Frum and took the insignia of the cross as their symbol. Films for the Humanities and Sciences.

11.14 Yap: Tuba Making
5 min. FSM Historic Preservation Office © 2006
Ethnographically documents how adolescent Outer Islander of Yap collects the “tuba” or coconut toddy drink for his family. The task involves climbing the coconut tree, pouring out the already collected toddy from the coconut shell, shaving off a layer of the coconut flower pod, and retying the shell. Tuba is an important drink of Yap, that most men are involved in producing and drinking. The film is narrated in the first person by the young man.


11.15 Yap: Amach Men's House Ceremony
9 min. FSM Historic Preservation Office © 2006
Depicts the Amach ceremony for a men’s house in Gargey village, Yap Island, FSM. The Amach is the central ridgepole of the men’s house, and its placement is marked with a special ceremony. The house is completely made with traditional indigenous materials. No nails or imported materials are used. Yap Historic Preservation Office provides support for this project, and the HPO Officer explains in English about the event.

11.16 Yap: Wuluu' Mens House and Fish Weir Project
10 min. FSM Historic Preservation Office. © 2006
Documents a Men’s House in Wuluu’ community of Yap Island, Micronesia, and the construction of a traditional Yapese fish weir called Sabin. Mr. Francis Reg of the Yap Historic Preservation Office is on site to explain the Men’s House and the activities therein. The Men’s house is an important structure of traditional Yapese community life that the Yapese are maintaining. It is constructed only with traditional locally available materials, as is the sabin ( fish weir). The Historic Preservation Office assists communities to preserve their cultural traditions. Pacific Stories

11.19 Suicide in Micronesia: Finding a better Way Out
32 min. Micronesian Seminar © 2004
A look into the rising numbers of suicide cases in Micronesia.

11.21 The Meaning of Food
PBS © 2004
3-part documentary series (56 min each) on the cultural meaning of food among various ethnic groups within the USA. Hosted by master chef, Marcus Samuelson.
Episode One: Features an Italian American family preparing a wedding feast and a South Asian group preparing of a feast following their religious observation of Ramadan.
Episode Two: Focuses on the theme of food as a means of communication and features segments on African Americans in South Carolina and their ‘rice culture’ (geechee), the traditional importance of whaling and whale meat among the Makaw tribe of Neah Bay (American Northwest Coast) and Chech Americans making the Kolachi (pastry).
Episode Three: Features Chinese-American, Japanese-American, Mexican-American, and Samoan groups in USA and the various roles of food in their daily, business, family and ceremonial lives.

11.25 Black Grace: From Cannon's Creek to Jacob's Pillow
1 hr Pacific Islanders in Communications © 2008
The story of a New Zealand Samoan modern dance group making it big with the invitation to perform at the famous venue of Jacobs Ladder, an international center for modern dance.

11.26 Time and Tide
1 hr. Wavecrest Films © 2005
Follows the return visit of a group of Tuvaluans from New Zealand to their island homeland in the center of the Pacific. Documents the changes on the island, and the severe threat of rising sea levels due to global warming that is occurring in these low luying coral atoll islands.

11.27 Polynesian Power
1 hr ESPN © 2005
Documentary about young American Samoan men and their aims to join professional American football. Two individuals are followed in detail - one from American Samoa, the other a young Samoan American from California.

11.28 Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai'i
1 hr Pacific Islanders in Communication. © 2009
Complex development and rich meanings of Hawaiian pidgen English.

11.30 Heart Strings
27 min Alpha Media Corporation © 2008
Tells the story of the tradition of a Hawai'ian Ukulele maker,Kamaka and Sons Enterprises, passing the trade down three generations.

11.31 Made in Taiwan: Nathan and Oscar's Excellent Adventure
45 min. Alpha Media TV-G, New Zealand © 2009
Nathan Rarare of Maori descent and Oscar Kightley of Samoan descent investigate their genetic ancestry back 30, 000 years Polynesian origins in Taiwan. Informater, amazing and entertaining

11.33 Keao
10 min. Pacific Islander in Communications © 2009
A young Hawaiian woman perform for commercial hula, but traditional meaning and values associated with the art form lead her to reject this commercialization.

11.34 The Man On The Rim: The Peopling of the Pacific. First Footsteps
56 min Fully Underwritten by the Quantum Finacial Group in Melbourne, Australia.
This educational documentary examines the ancient settlement of the Pacific Islands.

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