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New documentary ‘Under a Jarvis Moon' recalls an adventure in the South Pacific

Noelle Kahanu Noelle Kahanu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nearly three quarters of a century ago, the first of many groups of students from Kamehameha Schools, were sent on a mission, more than a thousand miles away from home.

Their duty was to literally pave the way for the future of air commerce trade. Since then, not much has been said about the adventures on the islands of Jarvis, Howland, and Baker... until now.

In the 1930s, when the government decided to use young Hawaiian men to help colonize the three islands for the purpose of being a link between Australia and the United States, never did they imagine that the Hawaiians would create a new chapter in Hawaii's history.

That's where Bishop Museum Project Manager Noelle Kahanu found herself locked into history.

"When I meet people who haven't heard of this story, they're immediately drawn in and it, you don't have to recognize a name on that list of 130 young men that served time on these islands", said Kahanu.

A few years ago, Kahanu had the chance to speak with surviving members of those voyages, turning the encounters into part of a documentary she helped put together.

And Friday night, there will be a free screening of the documentary "Under a Jarvis Moon". Festivities kick off at 6:30 PM in the Atherton Halau at Bishop Museum.

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