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"Under a Jarvis Moon," a documentary about the U.S. occupation of Jarvis, Baker and Howland islands by young Kamehameha Schools graduates, will be screened at 6 p.m. Saturday at the new Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

From 1935 to 1942, more than 130 young men were sent to occupy the islands, where they collected specimens for the Bishop Museum, mapped the islands and built a landing strip on Howland for Amelia Earhart.

Japanese planes bombed the island the day after their attack on Pearl Harbor, killing two of the colonists.

The film is an outgrowth of a 2002 Bishop Museum exhibition, "Hui Panala’au: Hawaiian Colonists, American Citizens." Bishop Museum Project Manager Noelle Kahanu co-directed the documentary.

The screening is being sponsored by the National Park Service and the Bishop Museum.

The free screening will be held in the center’s newly refurbished theater. A question-and-answer session with some of the surviving colonists will follow.

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