Shedding light on a royal surfboardUPDATED 7:56 PM HST May 13, 2014Video Transcript
Hawaiian monarchy. Princess Kaiulani was living in the seaside town of Brighton, England. Tonight KITV's Catherine Cruz sheds some light on a bit of little known Hawaiian history... And the people bringing it to life.. Flashback 122 years. A Hawaiian princess being groomed for the throne studying German and French in the British Isles under the watchful eye of a governess. A art film about her time there is about to come to life--thanks to a surfboard, a filmmaker and a hula halau. 36-40 146-150 220-224 Some say it may have been the happiest year away from her island home. In her letters she writes of visiting an area she just adored which reminded her of Hawaii. "I really do like it here" she exclained. She was on on the ocean again. And if not for a replica of Princess Kaiulani's surfboard in the British Surfing Museum. We might've never heard it. Surf board shaper Tom "Pohaku" Stone is humbled to learn one of his boards helped to retrieve the forgotten past. - TAPE ONE --12:09-12:18 - "I thought it was important that we keep her spirit alive," Stone was commissioned to create a replica of this original board now in safekeeping at Bishop Museum for the British surfing museum . The classic wooden board caught the eye of a British filmmaker ... Who soon immersed herself into learning more about Kaiulani's time there. She found the actual home where the princess stayed... The actual church she attended. Now she's telling the story through the eyes of Kaiulani's governess--Phobe Rooke. These are glimpses of the princess' life never before seen by a Hawaii audience. Maile Kaku, a hula dancer now living in Paris will be a part of the art film-- a tribute to the little known bit of Hawaii history. - TAPE TWO Maile 40: 14 -"Sharing that history and bringing it back and giving people from far away a more respectful and a more spiritual idea of Hawaiian culture and Hawaiian history - 40 :26 Kau was back in the islands recently to meet with her Kumu-- to bring back a dance in Kaliulani's honor ... - DAN TAPE TAPE 3 56:05- 56:09 "The idea is to bring the princess back though film and dance," And on this afternoon, Silve recalls being guided after finding a video clip of a dance choreographed by her Kumi Ellen Castillo for a Merrry Monarch performance almost two decades ago. - KILOHANA Silve 46:28-46 :43 "It is a beautiful hula kahiko and it tells a story of princess Kauilani's visit to the Holt estate and speaks of another time and place and takes us back to a gentler way of living," This past week.. Kaku performed the hula at this pavillion along the Brighton boardwalk---a nod to the princess---who will have her day by the seaside once again. Visitors to the boardwalk will catch a glimpse of the ties linking the island princess with the british isles with the hula tribute that these ambassdors of Hawaii history and culture hope will draw them in... - Silve 53:21 53:30 -"It's something that touches them and it moves them greatly and when they see it, they become very curious and they want to know more," They will have that chance when Jane Couldrey's film debuts this fall. A nod to the princess who will ve h day by the aside once again. at art film debutts ll along with a small exhibit about the princess and a weekend of hula and lei making workshops at the Museum of Brighton and Hove. Tomorrow night we spend some time with surfboard shaper Tom Stone whose work is being exhibited in a half a dozen museums across the globe.