PBS Hawaii Presents: Under a Jarvis Moon
The broadcast premiere of Under a Jarvis Moon will air on Thursday, August 25th, at 8:30 p.m. This amazing one-hour documentary, produced by Bishop Museum, covers a forgotten chapter in Hawaii's history. The film tells the true story of over 130 young men from Hawaii who, from 1935 to 1942, were sent by the U.S. government to occupy the remote Pacific islands of Howland, Baker and Jarvis. The initial wave of "colonists" were native Hawaiian alumni and students from Kamehameha Schools. The federal government's rationale behind selecting Native Hawaiians was that they believed Hawaiians might be better suited than other races to withstanding the harsh living conditions on these islands. The purpose for the project was at first unclear, but it soon became evident that the claiming of these islands was integral to the United States' military strategies of the time.
Learn more about the movie here.