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Hawaiian Fantasies

Although Statehood was not granted until 1959, a vacation to beautiful Hawaii has long been part of the popular imagination.

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(total playtime 9 hours, 6 min)
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Just over the horizon in our collective imagination are the friendly and sunny islands of Hawaii. This vacation paradise is not as inaccessible as it once seemed, thanks to the development of relatively cheap air travel. Many service people at least pass through Hawaii during their enlistments, and personnel from all four branches of the military consider the assignment to a base in the Islands a highlight of their career. Images of Hawaii from movies and TV are incredibly popular, including classic TV series like Hawaiian Eye, Hawaii Five-O starring Jack Lord, Magnum P.I., Elvis Presley's Blue Hawaii, From Here to Eternity, Disney's Lilo and Stitch, and the popular remake of Hawaii Five-0 currently in broadcast.

The Hawaiian tourism industry has long been aware of the importance of media representation in attracting visitors. The syndicated radio program Hawaiian Fantasies was recorded before jet travel made a Hawaiian vacation a reasonable dream for most people. In 1933, during the depths of the Great Depression, hearing Polynesian singing and steel guitar over the radio was as close as most Americans could come to the Island paradise.

The stories told on Hawaiian Fantasies are based on Hawaiian and Polynesian folklore. The first broadcast tells of a freedom loving people driven East from Europe and the near East until they found themselves on the far shores of Asia, where they took to double-hulled canoes and set out on great voyages of discovery on the great Pacific Ocean. Some settled in Tahiti and other islands, while some of the hardiest and bravest continued north to the Islands we now know as Hawaii.

Hawaii Swing and SwayHawaiian Fantasies was recorded during what is referred to as the Annexation Period in Hawaiian history. The earliest human settlement in Hawaii occurred around 300 A.D., followed by a more important migration from Tahiti around 1100 A.D. (about the same time the Vikings were upsetting things in Europe). The Tahitians brought the kapu system of beliefs based on reverence for the ali'i or kings and noblemen. Although there may have been some previous limited Spanish contact, the first documented European contact with Hawaii was British explorer James Cook in 1778. Cook called them the Sandwich Islands for his sponsor, the Earl of Sandwich. At the end of Cook's second visit in 1779, he attempted to kidnap one of the ali'I or local princes whose people had stolen a longboat from the expedition. The boat was not recovered and Cook and four Royal Marines were killed on the beach.

Kamehameha the Great united the ali'i throughout the Hawaiian Islands after a series of battles in 1795. He established a monarchy which was recognized by many of the great nations of Europe. Hawaii DancerHowever, as a poor nation placed in a strategically important spot, the Kingdom of Hawaii was coveted by several of the Great Powers with interests in the Pacific. Christian missionaries had begun visiting the islands, that the whaling industry found that Hawaii was a useful supply station near their hunting grounds. One of the greatest political factors was American capitalists developing the cultivation of sugar cane in Hawaii. The Kingdom of Hawaii began to fall apart and western capitalist formed a Committee for Public Safety which overthrew the monarchy in 1894 to form the Republic of Hawaii. The Committee began lobbying for Hawaii to be annexed by the United States, which finally occurred in 1898.

Hawaii became an important American Territory, but except for sugar growers and pineapple canners, it remained largely a backwater. The American Navy recognized its importance at the center of the Pacific, and the Army came in, charged with the security of the American bases in the Islands. There were those who encouraged Statehood for the Islands, but the American businessmen who were running things found Territorial status to be more advantageous. The Empire of Japan, working towards their own ambitions of Pacific domination, attacked the American forces near Honolulu on the morning of December 7, 1941. Nine years after Hawaiian Fantasies was first aired by Transco Syndications, Hawaii was on the mind of every American.

Before the War, air service to Hawaii was limited to Pan American's weekly Clipper service, and until 1939 the seaplanes only carried five or six passengers (mail and cargo had priority). Non-military flights to the area were forbidden during the War, but regular flights were common by the late Forties. PanAm made the first scheduled nonstop flight from Tokyo to Hawaii in January 1950, using a B377 Stratocruiser. Trans-Pacific transport came of age during the Korean Conflict as the islands became an important stop-over for military flights to Korea.

President Eisenhower signed the Hawaii Admission Act on March 1959, and the Fiftieth State was officially welcomed into the Union effective on August 21, 1959.

These recordings are parter of the larger Hawaii Collection.  For other Hawaiian series, see also: Royal Hawaiian HotelCocoanut Grove AmbassadorsHawaii CallsMemories of Hawaii, and Complete Broadcast Day Dec 7, 1941 (Bombing of Pearl Harbor)

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      37 shows - total playtime 9 hours 6 minutes
      1. Hawaiian Fantasies 01 Flight Into Pacific.mp3
      2. Hawaiian Fantasies 02 Paipai, Volcano Goddess.mp3
      3. Hawaiian Fantasies 03 Magic Pipes.mp3
      4. Hawaiian Fantasies 04 Carefree Hawaiian Life.mp3
      5. Hawaiian Fantasies 05 King Kamahamaha Stops.mp3
      6. Hawaiian Fantasies 06 Mahielai Loves Mortal.mp3
      7. Hawaiian Fantasies 07 Suns Strange Habit.mp3
      8. Hawaiian Fantasies 08 Song Of Moikaiha.mp3
      9. Hawaiian Fantasies 09 Legend Of Bread Fruit Tree.mp3
      10. Hawaiian Fantasies 10 Legend Of Kami Kau.mp3
      11. Hawaiian Fantasies 11 Race Of Warriors.mp3
      12. Hawaiian Fantasies 12 Legend Of Lenore.mp3
      13. Hawaiian Fantasies 13 Legend Of Ghost Dance.mp3
      14. Hawaiian Fantasies 14 King Kamahamaha.mp3
      15. Hawaiian Fantasies 15 Legend Of Water Of Life.mp3
      16. Hawaiian Fantasies 16 Spirit Of Sea.mp3
      17. Hawaiian Fantasies 17 Bringing Of Fire.mp3
      18. Hawaiian Fantasies 18 Rock Of Kau Ali.mp3
      19. Hawaiian Fantasies 19 Prince Of Spear Throwers.mp3
      20. Hawaiian Fantasies 20 Puna And Dragon Goddess.mp3
      21. Hawaiian Fantasies 21 Ha Taya Falls In Love.mp3
      22. Hawaiian Fantasies 22 Legend Of Shark God.mp3
      23. Hawaiian Fantasies 25 Maui Lifts Up Sky.mp3
      24. Hawaiian Fantasies 26 Mauis Catch .mp3
      25. Hawaiian Fantasies 27 Story Of Hai Ku.mp3
      26. Hawaiian Fantasies 28 Woman In Moon.mp3
      27. Hawaiian Fantasies 29 Strongest Boy In World.mp3
      28. Hawaiian Fantasies 30 Story Of Aloa Kaya.mp3
      29. Hawaiian Fantasies 31 Maui Seeks Immortality.mp3
      30. Hawaiian Fantasies 32 Story Of Twins.mp3
      31. Hawaiian Fantasies 33 Legend Of Maanihuni.mp3
      32. Hawaiian Fantasies 34 Island Home Of Beauty.mp3
      33. Hawaiian Fantasies 35 Feather Cloak.mp3
      34. Hawaiian Fantasies 36 Legend Of Rainbow God.mp3
      35. Hawaiian Fantasies 37 Ku And Keela.mp3
      36. Hawaiian Fantasies 38 Hawaii Calls To You.mp3
      37. Hawaiian Fantasies 39 Magic Pipes.mp3
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      37 shows - total playtime 9 hours 6 minutes
      1. Hawaiian Fantasies 01 Flight Into Pacific.mp3
      2. Hawaiian Fantasies 02 Paipai, Volcano Goddess.mp3
      3. Hawaiian Fantasies 03 Magic Pipes.mp3
      4. Hawaiian Fantasies 04 Carefree Hawaiian Life.mp3
      5. Hawaiian Fantasies 05 King Kamahamaha Stops.mp3
      6. Hawaiian Fantasies 06 Mahielai Loves Mortal.mp3
      7. Hawaiian Fantasies 07 Suns Strange Habit.mp3
      8. Hawaiian Fantasies 08 Song Of Moikaiha.mp3
      9. Hawaiian Fantasies 09 Legend Of Bread Fruit Tree.mp3
      10. Hawaiian Fantasies 10 Legend Of Kami Kau.mp3
      11. Hawaiian Fantasies 11 Race Of Warriors.mp3
      12. Hawaiian Fantasies 12 Legend Of Lenore.mp3
      13. Hawaiian Fantasies 13 Legend Of Ghost Dance.mp3
      14. Hawaiian Fantasies 14 King Kamahamaha.mp3
      15. Hawaiian Fantasies 15 Legend Of Water Of Life.mp3
      16. Hawaiian Fantasies 16 Spirit Of Sea.mp3
      17. Hawaiian Fantasies 17 Bringing Of Fire.mp3
      18. Hawaiian Fantasies 18 Rock Of Kau Ali.mp3
      19. Hawaiian Fantasies 19 Prince Of Spear Throwers.mp3
      20. Hawaiian Fantasies 20 Puna And Dragon Goddess.mp3
      21. Hawaiian Fantasies 21 Ha Taya Falls In Love.mp3
      22. Hawaiian Fantasies 22 Legend Of Shark God.mp3
      23. Hawaiian Fantasies 25 Maui Lifts Up Sky.mp3
      24. Hawaiian Fantasies 26 Mauis Catch .mp3
      25. Hawaiian Fantasies 27 Story Of Hai Ku.mp3
      26. Hawaiian Fantasies 28 Woman In Moon.mp3
      27. Hawaiian Fantasies 29 Strongest Boy In World.mp3
      28. Hawaiian Fantasies 30 Story Of Aloa Kaya.mp3
      29. Hawaiian Fantasies 31 Maui Seeks Immortality.mp3
      30. Hawaiian Fantasies 32 Story Of Twins.mp3
      31. Hawaiian Fantasies 33 Legend Of Maanihuni.mp3
      32. Hawaiian Fantasies 34 Island Home Of Beauty.mp3
      33. Hawaiian Fantasies 35 Feather Cloak.mp3
      34. Hawaiian Fantasies 36 Legend Of Rainbow God.mp3
      35. Hawaiian Fantasies 37 Ku And Keela.mp3
      36. Hawaiian Fantasies 38 Hawaii Calls To You.mp3
      37. Hawaiian Fantasies 39 Magic Pipes.mp3
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    37 recordings on 10 Audio CDs
    total playtime 9 hours, 6 min

    Hawaiian Fantasies Disc A001

    1. Hawaiian Fantasies 01 Flight Into Pacific
    2. Hawaiian Fantasies 02 Paipai, Volcano Goddess
    3. Hawaiian Fantasies 03 Magic Pipes
    4. Hawaiian Fantasies 04 Carefree Hawaiian Life

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    Hawaiian Fantasies Disc A002

    1. Hawaiian Fantasies 05 King Kamahamaha Stops
    2. Hawaiian Fantasies 06 Mahielai Loves Mortal
    3. Hawaiian Fantasies 07 Suns Strange Habit
    4. Hawaiian Fantasies 08 Song Of Moikaiha

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    Hawaiian Fantasies Disc A003

    1. Hawaiian Fantasies 09 Legend Of Bread Fruit Tree
    2. Hawaiian Fantasies 10 Legend Of Kami Kau
    3. Hawaiian Fantasies 11 Race Of Warriors
    4. Hawaiian Fantasies 12 Legend Of Lenore

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    Hawaiian Fantasies Disc A004

    1. Hawaiian Fantasies 13 Legend Of Ghost Dance
    2. Hawaiian Fantasies 14 King Kamahamaha
    3. Hawaiian Fantasies 15 Legend Of Water Of Life
    4. Hawaiian Fantasies 16 Spirit Of Sea

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    Hawaiian Fantasies Disc A005

    1. Hawaiian Fantasies 17 Bringing Of Fire
    2. Hawaiian Fantasies 18 Rock Of Kau Ali
    3. Hawaiian Fantasies 19 Prince Of Spear Throwers
    4. Hawaiian Fantasies 20 Puna And Dragon Goddess

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    Hawaiian Fantasies Disc A006

    1. Hawaiian Fantasies 21 Ha Taya Falls In Love
    2. Hawaiian Fantasies 22 Legend Of Shark God
    3. Hawaiian Fantasies 25 Maui Lifts Up Sky
    4. Hawaiian Fantasies 26 Mauis Catch

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    Hawaiian Fantasies Disc A007

    1. Hawaiian Fantasies 27 Story Of Hai Ku
    2. Hawaiian Fantasies 28 Woman In Moon
    3. Hawaiian Fantasies 29 Strongest Boy In World
    4. Hawaiian Fantasies 30 Story Of Aloa Kaya

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    Hawaiian Fantasies Disc A008

    1. Hawaiian Fantasies 31 Maui Seeks Immortality
    2. Hawaiian Fantasies 32 Story Of Twins
    3. Hawaiian Fantasies 33 Legend Of Maanihuni
    4. Hawaiian Fantasies 34 Island Home Of Beauty

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    Hawaiian Fantasies Disc A009

    1. Hawaiian Fantasies 35 Feather Cloak
    2. Hawaiian Fantasies 36 Legend Of Rainbow God
    3. Hawaiian Fantasies 37 Ku And Keela
    4. Hawaiian Fantasies 38 Hawaii Calls To You

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    Hawaiian Fantasies Disc A010

    1. Hawaiian Fantasies 39 Magic Pipes

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