The Grand Manner of Matson The Book

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The Grand Manner of Matson is the 2014 sequel to The White Ships, which is currently sold out. Follow our Facebook feed for news about a reprint of The White Ships, and a second sequel, due to be completed in 2021!


"White Ships" by Kawika Alfiche is a musical tribute to the nostalgic era of white ships hapa haole music. The CD features a magical mix of Kawika's original compositions, plus his enchanting versions of Boat Day classics, including Aloha Oe and Now is the Hour and the rarely recorded Malolo. Order the CD on Amazon or iTunes

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The White Ships Documentary   coming soon

If you enjoyed the book, you'll love the documentary featuring never-before-seen vintage Matson liner footage and interviews with former passengers and crew. Check below for sneak previews, and visit The White Ships at Facebook and Twitter sites for more images, videos and news.

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World War II veteran Michael O'Brien recalls his experiences as an 18-yr-old serving for the US forces aboard the troopship SS Lurline in 1943. O\'Brien sailed from San Francisco to India with more than 7,000 troops aboard. The interview was recorded in Lahaina, Maui in 2011.

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Maritime historian David Perry talks about the legacy of Matson liners in San Francisco, still a port of call for many of the world's finest cruise ships. The Crystal Symphony, after passing under the Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise, berths at Pier 35, the home of Matson's passenger ships until the 1970s.

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Youtube Vintage films and excerpts from the White Ships documentary.