The Hawaiians

Synopsis: The intertwined lives of two kindred souls with ambition begins when Captain Whip Hoxworth discovers that Nyuk Tsin has been smuggled aboard as part of cargo on The Carthaginian, which he captains, a cargo supposed to consist of only male Chinese workers bound for Hawaii. Nyuk Tsin was kidnapped from her Haaka village to be sold to a Honolulu brothel. She is spared when Mun Ki claims she is his wife, and Hoxworth goes along with his wife's suggestion that they can work in the Hoxworth household as domestic servants. Nyuk Tsin becomes known to all as Wu Chow's Auntie (Aunt of Five Continents) when her five sons are named after continents (with Mun Ki's wife in China regarded as their official mother). Whip founds an empire in pineapples, using Japanese laborers, after smuggling his first seed crop from French Guiana as Wu Chow's Auntie grows a family business in Honolulu around her sons.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Tom Gries
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
134 min

You don't believe it

can happen until it does.

I didn't expect such a

gathering of the clans.

I thought the will

had already been read.

Hello, Malama.

Why so glum?

Must be the company you keep.

Is good to have you back.

I wish you'd seen grandfather

once more.

Cousin, Micah.

The will has been read, Whip.

Some time ago.

Perhaps you'll want

to look it over privately.

No, I'm only interested

in the ships.

I imagine he left all the other

businesses to Malama and you.

If you read it, you'll see

that he left the shipping business...

all the businesses to us.

What the hell do you mean?

You get Hanakai Plantation,

free and clear.


85,000 acres of nothing.

He always said is

the only mistake he ever...

Did you put him up to this?

I had nothing to do with it. If you

think my wife did, you're wrong.

I don't. The only thing I've ever

held against her is marrying you.

I loved that old son of a bitch.

And he loved you.


At the end, he was obsessed

with the old missionary families.

He said they left

all their sons rich...

but he didn't have

to do that for you...

because you could make it

on your own.

He provided you with an option

to buy the Carthaginian...

out of earnings if you chose

to stick to the sea...

which he advised.

He wasn't married

to Purity.

Granted, but he knew you better

than you know yourself.

Now, we're prepared

to make an offer.

For Hanakai?

You name it.

No, we agree

that Hanakai has no value.

Assuming you don't want

any favours from your sister...

we'll give you, not lend,

but give you...

funds enough to buy

the Carthaginian outright.

I don't want a gift and I don't

want one stinking ship...

I want a shipping line,

a scheduled line.

I want it enough

to eat crow for it.

All right, Micah,

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James R. Webb

James R. Webb (October 4, 1909 – September 27, 1974) was an American writer. He won an Academy Award in 1963 for How the West Was Won.Webb was born in Denver, Colorado, and graduated from Stanford University in 1930. During the 1930s he worked both as a screenwriter and a fiction writer for a number of national magazines, including Collier's Weekly, Cosmopolitan and the Saturday Evening Post. Webb was commissioned an army officer in June 1942 and became a personal aide to General Lloyd R. Fredendall who was commander of the II Corps (United States). Webb accompanied Fredendall to England in October 1942 and participated in the invasion of North Africa in November 1942 when the Second Corps captured the city of Oran. The Second Corps then attacked eastward into Tunisia. In February 1943 the German army launched a counterattack at Kasserine Pass which repulsed the Second Corps and nearly broke through the Allied lines. The Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower relieved Fredendall of command in March 1943 and sent him back to the United States where he became deputy commander of the Second United States Army at Memphis, Tennessee. Webb returned to the United States with Fredendall and later served in the European Theater. Webb left the Army after the war and returned to Hollywood, California, where he continued his work as a screenwriter. He died on September 27, 1974, and was buried in Los Angeles National Cemetery. more…

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