The Museum has received assistance in its Polynesian department
through the visit of Mr. Alexander Hume Ford, secretary of the
Pan-Pacific Union and editor of the Pan-Pacific Magazine.
Mr. Ford is a Charleston boy who has not visited the city for
He has made an intensive study of the inhabitants of the Pacific
Islands and has therefore been able to give much valuable
information to the Museum staff in regard to specimens in the
Polynesian collection, in which he is much interested.
On Thursday, December 18, Mr. Ford gave an illustrated lecture
under the auspices of the Museum, in which he showed lantern
slides and moving picture films illustrating the life and
customs of Hawaii and other Pacific Islands.
Mr. Ford revived the sport of surfboard riding in Honolulu, which had become almost a lost
art, and one of his films shows the way this interesting feat is
Just as we never formed a correct idea of the trotting of a
horse until motion pictures were available, so the details of surfboard riding were never correctly illustrated until the
story was told by the camera.
The old pictures of this sport prove to be inaccurate in many
Mr. Ford's lecture was a source of much pleasure not only to his
old friends but to many others who enjoyed his vivid and
versatile descriptions of the life of a distant people.
The Museum is indebted to the courtesy of the Y. M. C. A. for
the use of its hall for Mr. Ford's lecture.
Bulletin of the Charleston
Museum, Volume 15,
December 1919, page 79.