Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, on a visit to Hawaii, presents a baby elephant as a gift to children of Honolulu.
Honolulu Hawaii USA Date:1982, August 4 Duration:3 min 6 sec Sound:Yes
Goodwill trip to America by Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. Animated map portrays long flight from Los Angeles, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii. Hawaiian dancers performing on grass at the Honolulu zoo. view from beach of colorful sail boats and beachgoers enjoying the beautiful weather.A traditional long canoe is seen being paddling past the beachfront. As dancers finish, elephant handler (mahout), Kirpa Swami, brings forward a baby elephant, named Mari,that Mrs. Gandhi is presenting as a gift to the children of Honolulu. Spokesperson Eileen Anderson, acknowledges the gift, before a large crowd of spectators. Prime Minister Gandhi, at the microphone, explains that the elephant is a symbol of strength, of hard work, and in India, of good fortune, or good luck. Kirpa Swami brings Mari across the grass, accompanied by elephant handlers, Gwen Yoshimura and Larry Zolton. As Mari swings her trunk, Mrs. Gandhi says, "she is saluting you all." Scene shifts to the airport, where the Prime Minister's Air India jet is parked on the tarmac, displaying an American flag in the pilot's window. Prime Minister Gandhi speaks at the steps to the aircraft, extending the good wishes of the people of India to the people of the United States. She turns and waves from the top of the steps.
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