Under a Jarvis Moon
On March 20, 1935, six young Kamehameha Schools graduates sailed from Honolulu Harbor aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Itasca for destinations unknown. Carefully recruited for their physical and mental fitness, they believed they would be collecting specimens for Bishop Museum.
Instead, they found themselves on remote desert islands in the middle of the Pacific, living for months at a time in total isolation. The ability of these young Hawaiian men, as "Americans," to survive would eventually enable President Roosevelt to claim jurisdiction over the islands of Jarvis, Baker, and Howland.
"Under A Jarvis Moon" was screened at Marks Garage to a standing-room only crowd in early January. It was later shown at the Atherton Halau Bishop Museum to more than 300 people.
A tribute to her grandfather George, Noelle Kahanu's discovery in the archives of the Bishop Museum of a story long forgotten is renewed in this film.
"Under A Jarvis Moon" was screened as part of the Hawaii International Film Festival.
Noelle Kahanu & Heather Giugni
Noelle Kahanu, Heather Giugni, Lisa Altieri
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"Under a Jarvis Moon" is available on DVD for purchase for $19.95 through the Bishop Museum's Shop Pacifica.