Cast & Crew
When Lopaka, a poor Hawaiian fisherman, falls in love with Kokua, a young girl of royal blood, her father refuses her hand until Lopaka can bring him two feather cloaks from a rare bird. While searching the mountains for the bird, Lopaka encounters a dying priest of Pele who sells him a wishing bottle in which Kono, the god of the volcanos, is confined. He is warned that the possessor of the bottle who dies still owning it will be damned and that the only way to rid oneself of the bottle is by selling it for a sum less than it was bought. Made rich by Kono, Lopaka marries Kokua and sells the bottle. He later finds himself in a terrible dilemma when, as a victim of leprosy, he is forced to buy the bottle back for the smallest coin of the realm. To save her husband from damnation, Kokua sacrifices herself by buying the bottle for a smaller French coin, but luckily a base and wicked sailor appears with a still smaller Chinese coin and becomes its final owner when the bottle is lost at sea. The wealth of Lopaka vanishes with the bottle, but he is content with Kokua by his side.
This picture was shot in Hawaii according to press releases. The original title of the scenario was "The Mountain Devil." The continuity for this film included in the studio records states that the film begins with Robert Louis Stevenson, played by James Neill, reading the story of The Bottle Imp to a little boy and girl.