Alice Davis, daughter of U.S. Secretary of War, Dwight F. Davis, together with Mr. John H. Holliday, his civilian aide, step from a launch bringing them from the USS Pennslyvania, to a dock at Honolulu, Hawaii. They are greeted by two Army officers and a Naval officer. An Army band plays on the dock, in the background. They are joined by Secretary Davis. In change of scene, the camera pans across the parade ground of Fort Shafter, where troops of the 64th Coast Artillery Regiment(AA) are seen marching in formation. Secretary Davis stands with Army officers reviewing the troops. Next, Secretary Davis is seen on steps of the U.S. Army tripler General Hospital, following a visit there. He is accompanied to his car. Scene shifts to the quarters of Major General Fox conner, Commander of the U.S. Army Hawaiian Department. The staff car carrying Secretary Davis drives into Honolulu, where offices of Goodyear International, and Royal Hawaiian Sales Company, Ltd. are seen along the street. The car parks, and Davis's military aide, 1st Lieutenant Lester J. Maitland, opens the door for a rear admiral, and Secretary Davis, who step from the car. Davis is dressed formally in top hat. (Slate indicates they are visiting opening ceremonies for the new Army and Navy YMCA in Honolulu.)
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.
A trip to Honolulu, Hawaii from San Francisco, California. Animated map depicts the location of Hawaii. A cruiser leaves San Francisco for Honolulu. A Hawaiian shore. A Honolulu harbor showing buildings and a crowd on a dock. Palm trees in Honolulu. Japanese people walk along a sidewalk. A Japanese tea store. A Japanese vegetable peddler walks.
A fictional film dramatizes the relay of intelligence through Japanese consul in Honolulu, Hawaii prior to Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War 2. A German intelligence officer enters the office of a Japanese official in the Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu. The German intelligence officer gives a Nazi salute and speaks to the Japanese officer. American soldiers and girls at a poolside restaurant. American girls speak to each other. The German intelligence officer speaks to the Japanese officer in the Japanese consul. Japanese girls speak to American girls. The German intelligence officer tells the Japanese officer that American military and intelligence officers are being sent to Hawaii from Washington DC. The Japanese officer says that he has information about an American officer of Hawaiian department who has cautioned American soldiers and officers not to do anything that might offend the Japanese people in Hawaii. Two men, one acting as Uncle Same and other one as an American citizen. They talk to each other about how the U.S. Army is aware of Japanese spy activities in Hawaii.
U.S. Secretary of War Dwight F. Davis meets various officials. He represents President Coolidge at the Captain James Cook Sesquicentennial. He is accompanied by his daughters, Alice and Cynthia. Davis greets General Hines at Fort Mason, California. He boards the battleship the USS Pennsylvania and poses with his daughters. Captain Greenslade and Lester Maitland. The shipboard scenes show inspections, deck tennis, church services and physical training. A flag flutters from the foremast of the ship. Soldiers line up at the ship deck. Executive Officer Richard S. Galloway and Captain Greenslade inspect the troops. Men on the ship deck read a weekly paper 'Key Stone'. Soldiers dressed in white stand in formation on the ship deck. Inspections by the Secretary of War and Captain Greenslade. They decorate the soldiers and discuss amongst themselves on the ship deck. Army and Navy planes hover over the battleship to greet the dignitary. Men gather at pier number 2 of the Fort Armstrong at the Honolulu harbor to greet them. Officials discuss. The Governor of Hawaii Wallace Farrington arrives to greet Dwight. They inspect the guard of honor 64th CAC-AA. Dwight leaves for the royal Hawaiian hotel.
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during World War II. Animated map shows Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, Nippon, Pacific Ocean and the USA. An arrow points out from Nippon to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Two Japanese aircraft carriers, the Kaga and the Zuikaku underway at sea as seen from the carrier Akagi. Waves of water dash over a deck. Japanese crew on the deck. Japanese Naval officers look through binoculars. An officer briefs Japanese pilots. A chart drawn on a blackboard. Japanese aircraft in flight. The pilots being briefed . The pilots run towards their aircraft and get ready for a take off. A signal flag is waved. The first Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service B5N (Kate) bomber takes off. A formation of nine A6M Zeros in flight. The mast of a ship. Japanese aircraft in flight. Three Kates in flight. Ford Island and airfield seen below. Aircraft dropping bombs. Honolulu smoking due to the bombardment. 3 PBY (Patrol Bomber Consolidated Aircraft) Catalinas. Bomb bursts near airplanes on the field. Pearl Harbor smokes. Animation shows war losses suffered by the U.S. A formation of A6M Zeros in flight. A Japanese war ship underway in the Pacific Ocean. Three Japanese warships underway. (Note: The attack began about 8AM December 7th, Honolulu time, which was 3AM, December 8th, Tokyo time.)