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An American missionary and his wife travel to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy.
The fictional character of Malama in James A. Michener's book and subsequently in this movie, was based on Queen Ka'ahumanu, the actual ruler of Maui at the time of the missionaries' arrival in the islands. It was she who welcomed the missionaries onto the island, passed the laws against the sailors and who converted to Christianity shortly before her death, just as Malama does in the film. Malama was expertly portrayed in the film by Tahitian Jocelyn LaGarde, who had never acted but physically resembled the actual Queen Ka'ahumanu in every way except one: Queen Ka'ahumanu was reportedly very heavily tattooed.
Next law: Everyone will love Jesus.
When Abner and Jerusha approach their hut for the first time, there is a door covered with a net with a small open entrance next to it which they entered and found Iliki, but inside the hut, the small entrance can be seen next to a solid wall with no door.
CBS edited 69 minutes from this film in order to fit it into a 3-hour time slot for its 1974 network television premiere.
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