Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai‘i

Air date: Thurs., July 7, 9:00 pm


Born on sugar plantations and spoken by more than half of Hawai‘i’s population, the Pidgin language – part English, part Hawaiian, with influences from other languages – captures the essence of multi-ethnic Hawai‘i. The film profiles the rise of this working-class language from plantation jargon to its status as a source of island identity and pride. The film draws on a variety of sources, including archival, academic and other expert commentary, and man-on-the-street interviews and performances to shed light on this colorful language.


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