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A Tourist Trap episode whereby the cast packs up and vacations in Hawaii, land of Hula and Luaus. Often a thinly veiled excuse for a Beach Episode, if not outright inexplicable considering how expensive traveling there can be for mainlanders. Expect to see a huge amount of native Hawaiians, even though they make up less than a quarter of the population, and a majority of Hawaiians are Asian or part-Asian. Hawaii-themed episodes seemed to reach the peak of their popularity back in the '70s and '80s, when shows like Hawaii Five-O, Fantasy Island, and Magnum, P.I. were on the air and going strong.

A subtrope of the Vacation Episode.

Examples of one-shot Hawaii-themed episodes:


Anime and Manga

Film

Literature

  • Towards the end, the main character of Clone Republic takes a vacation to Hawaii with a friend.

Live-Action TV

Music

  • Elvis Presley did several projects in Hawaii, largely under the influence of his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, who'd been stationed there in the Army. This includes a 1961 benefit concert for the Pearl Harbor Memorial, three movies (Blue Hawaii; Girls, Girls, Girls; and Paradise Hawaiian Style), and the 1973 TV special Aloha From Hawaii.
  • The Strokes made a song about Hawaii.
  • "Holiday in Waikiki" by The Kinks satirizes this trope.

Newspaper Comics

Web Comics

Western Animation

Real Life

  • A popular honeymoon destination.
  • The Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World is an entire vacation resort based on this stereotype: all of the buildings are modeled on massively oversized longhouses and various "Hawaiian" music is played (often ukelele tunes) throughout the resort. All of the hotel buildings are named after Pacific islands and chains like Hawaii, Tonga, and Tahiti. Guests entering the Great Ceremonial House (the main building) are often given a lei and a fire dancing/torch lighting ceremony is held every day just before evening. This is only the tip of the iceberg.
    • Nearby resorts have been doing something similar for quite a while as well, with paid luaus.

Notes

  1. A tiki idol has a prominent role in the TV episode(s).
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