Early movies of Hawaii, 1913.


Because there is a desire to have a movie of the parade on this upcoming birthday of Washington, a man famous for filming movies arrived aboard the Wilhelmina last week, and he is spending some days of this month filming the volcano, the sugar plantation, the harbors, and famous sights to delight the millions of people of the world.

If this haole has spare time, he will spend some time going shark fishing, and filming it.

He will go to the pineapple plantations, and film the growth of the pineapple, the activities of the laborers, as well as the canning.

During the parade on Washington’s birthday, he will be the one rolling his film; and it is believed that there will come a time when the world will see scenes of the parade in Hawaii because of this haole.

[Anyone know who this is, and where these reels might be today?]

(Kuokoa, 1/31/1913, p. 7)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIX, Helu 5, Aoao 7. Ianuari 31, 1913.

1 thought on “Early movies of Hawaii, 1913.

  1. The parade mentioned here is the Floral Parade, which began in 1906 and occurred annually on Washington’s Birthday, to emphasize its patriotic American connections. In 1910 the event was enlarged to become the Mid-Pacific Carnival, and the parade was part of it.

    One of Honolulu’s English-language newspapers would probably have the name of this filmmaker, who may or may not still be “famous” today.

    Most film that was shot this early has long since been lost to deterioration, unfortunately. Some of it could be in the Ford Motor Co. travelogue which can be found online, but there’s no way to be sure.

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