There are many silent film productions just surfacing from the pioneering days of filmmaking. One such film was cleaned up by the U.S. National Archives and shared with the public. “The Hawaiian Islands” was produced by the Ford Motor Co. and its Ford Educational Library in 1924, showcasing Honolulu as a “modern city with avenues of beautiful palms and tropical plants.”

Among its many scenes are of old shops lining downtown Honolulu, passenger trains crossing through Oahu, Japanese plantation workers hacking away at sugarcane, Filipino sakadas harvesting pineapple, kanaka maoli preparing poi and pulling up fishing nets, and surfing along Waikiki.