Sesquicentennial celebration of Captain Cook's discovery of Hawaii: (1778-1928) held in the Hawaiian Islands, August 15 to 21, 1928. Monmouth-class British armored cruiser underway en route to Hawaii. Royal Hawaiian flag draped on tripod of submerged tablet, marking the site of Cook's demise. (The inscription reads: "Near
this spot Captain James Cook, R.N., was killed, Feb. 14, 1779.") Smoke seen rising from naval guns on the British cruiser, in Kealakekua Bay, firing 21-gun salute. Camera pans over to the battleship, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) also firing her guns in salute. A group of British buglers plays "The Last Post," during the ceremony. U.S. Secretary of War, Dwight F. Davis and Territorial Governor of Hawaii, Wallace R. Farrington, step into a Hawaiian outrigger canoe for a short trip across the bay. Next they are seen stepping from the canoe, to a Navy launch tied at the dock in Napoopoo, and thence to the dock, itself. Change of scene shows Secretary Davis and Governor Farrington, with many other guests at a traditional Hawaiian Luau. There Secretary Davis is also seen delivering remarks to the gathering.
U.S. Secretary of War, Dwight F. Davis and Hawaii Territorial Governor Wallace Rider Farrington, play golf at Kilauea National Park, Hawaii. Farrington places a ball on what is marked as "19th hole 510 yards." Davis and other onlookers stand nearby. Several sailors stand by a sign reading:"Kilauea Golf Course, 19th hole- Halemaumau." Using an iron, Farrington drives the ball, raising sand from the ground. Davis then tries his hand, striking his ball, with a clean drive, and follows up with a smooth ground stroke that puts his ball into the volcanic crater. The men and spectators look out over the crater for possible sight of the ball.
Railing and sign at Kilauea National Park, Hawaii, reads: "Kilauea Iki, 770 feet deep, Active in 1868." Camera pans down into the crater and across the rim. Scene shifts to U.S. Secretary of War, Dwight F. Davis, and Hawaii Territorial Governor, Wallace R. Farrington, standing with two military officers, at the edge of the crater.
Camera pans into crater of Kilauea volcano, where someone has scrawled an inscription in the lava (not readable). Scene shifts to Secretary of War, Dwight F. Davis, and Hawaii Territorial Governor, Wallace R. Farrington, stepping out of the local volcano museum, onto a patio, where other persons are standing. Scene shifts to deck of the battleship, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) where Secretary Davis stands near the railing. Closeup of Major General Fox Conner, Commander of the U.S. Army Hawaii Department, standing with Rear Admiral Robert R. Marvel, aboard the Pennsylvania. Marines firing gun salute with artillery field pieces as the Pennsylvania arrives at Pier 5 in Pearl Harbor. Secretary Davis on the dock, with his party including: daughters, Alice and Cynthia; Civilian aide, John H. Holliday and Military Aide, 1st Lieutenant Lester J. Maitland. The daughters are assisted as they enter a car. Next, Secretary Davis and Aide Holliday, enter a car displaying the Secretary of War Flag on its hood.
Dedication and unveiling of the Captain Cook memorial monument at Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii. American navy launch, from the USS Pennsylvania, arrives and sailors tie it to a dock at Waimea, Kauai Island, Hawaii, as spectators watch from the dock platform, above. The launch displays the American flag as well as that of the U.S. Secretary of War. Dwight Filley Davis (Secretary of War) with his daughters and another gentleman, disembark, followed by a U.S. Navy Captain. Secretary Davis and his party pose for the camera. The Captain also appears momentarily, saluting Secretary Davis. A U.S. Navy band and sailors are seen standing near a veiled monument. Camera focuses on a large British Red Ensign flag hung above the crowd, along with the Hawaiian flag and the American flag. U.S. Naval officers render military salutes as other ceremony participants give civilian hand-over-heart salutes or stand at attention. Ceremony guests are seated as American Boy Scouts distribute programs to them. Next, a contingent of British Marines is seen in formation on the square near the monument. The camera focuses next, on a contingent of American sailors, who came ashore from the USS Pennsylvania. Two little girls, Cecelia Cruikshank and Molly Gouveia (one American and one native Hawaiian) pull ropes to unveil the monument. British officers place a wreath from the King of England. The band plays again, as participants salute. U.S. Major General, Fox Conner, Commander of the Hawaiian Department of the Army, poses in front of the monument and is joined by Naval officers from a British Cruiser.
Thomas Edison with his original tin foil phonograph (recording and playing device), that was produced in December 1877. Edison stands near a NBC microphone and shows operation of his tinfoil phonograph, also referred to in press of the late 1800s as a Talking Machine. This footage was shot on the occasion of a recognition ceremony for Edison on October 20, 1928, where he was also presented the Congressional Gold Medal by President Calvin Coolidge. This original tinfoil phonograph had been given by Edison in 1880 to a representative of the English Patent Office who visited the Menlo Park lab. The machine had been exhibited in England. It was repatriated for this 1928 event by the South Kensington Museum in London. British diplomat Ronald Ian Campbell, partially visible on the left in this footage, presented the phonograph back to Edison. Today it is on display at the Edison National Historic Site in West Orange, New Jersey.