We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I love that film. One, it's amazing the difference color makes - takes the event of VJ day out of set-piece history and makes it look like it happened yesterday, to people you know or who aren't different from people you know now. Two, the completely frank unfiltered joy and pleasure of the people in it - the relief that the War's over and what's better won.
Oh my goodness...that takes me back to the unfettered joy and hope we all had. All the young folks look so pretty and well and eager to move forward into civilian life. And they did, and gave the country some splendid advances in growth. Compare that with our present discouraged doubt and fears.
My Dad is no doubt somewhere in that footage. He was a petty officer in the Navy and was stationed during the war at the Keehi Lagoon seaplane hangar, and, like many military people who weren't required to live on base, roomed with fellow Navy sailors and pilots in Waikiki.
Some of the spots shown: near the beginning you can see the Honolulu Advertiser Building along South Street in downtown Honolulu, all that paper is no doubt newsprint being thrown out of the upper stories of the building.
Most of the footage in the second part is shot in Waikiki, mainly along Kalakaua Avenue which runs along the ocean. You can see the Moana Hotel (the big white building, including the scene with people looking out from balconies), the old Waikiki Theatre, and other old landmarks, almost all of which are gone today.