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South Seas Adventure

South Seas Adventure(1958)

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Young Kay Johnson, a comptometer operator from Akron, Ohio has been saving a long time to take a luxury cruise to the island of Hawaii. Once there, she delights in the colorful native music and dance and meets Marlene Hunter and her brother Ted, members of an old and influential Hawaiian family. Ted takes Kay for a tour of the Hawaiian islands, showing her the naval base at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Mount Haleakala volcano on Maui and the famed surf at Waikiki Beach. Meanwhile, several tourists board the schooner Te Vega for its journey westward to Tahiti. On board, artist Jean-Louis Martin anticipates discovering the land that influenced writer Joseph Conrad and painter Paul Gauguin. Upon arriving at Tahiti, Jean-Paul and the other tourists join the natives as they celebrate Bastille Day. Jean-Louis is attracted to the beautiful Turia from Bora-Bora, who wins an exciting dance contest. When the Te Vega resumes its journey through the South Pacific, Jean-Louis remains in Tahiti with Turia. Soon, the schooner arrives in Tonga, where the passengers are serenaded by a native choir. Sightseeing includes a visit to the shoreline to witness the activity of the famous blow holes. In Fiji the Te Vega is welcomed by Governor General Sir Ronald Garvey. When the travelers arrive in New Hebrides they are treated to an amazing courage-testing ritual that features young men diving head first from a platform one hundred feet high held only by vine cords around their ankles. The trip then resumes by air as travelers proceed to Australia. There, Stefan Koscheck and his family are introduced to the School of the Air, which allows residents in far flung outback communities to receive an education from teachers far away via two-way radios. The Koscheck family also receives a demonstration of a dependable system that allows a single doctor to visit patients miles apart by airplane. At the journey's final destination of New Zealand, former American G. I. Jim Perry introduces his wife to the untouched beauty of the country he discovered while recovering from injuries during the war. Upon returning to Hawaii, the travelers discover that Kay and Ted have decided to marry.