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
- Urusei Yatsura, complete with Gratuitous English.
- Minako was hoping to have one of these in one chapter of Codename: Sailor V, but the plane ended up going to Greece instead.
- Sazae-san had a TV special where the family goes to Hawaii.
- Ocean Waves features a class trip to Hawaii, where Rikako convinces Taku to give her a large amount of cash (supposedly to replace lost traveler's checks.)
- 50 First Dates is also set in Hawaii.
- Forgetting Sarah Marshall has the protagonist go to Hawaii to escape his love troubles.
- The Descendants is set in Hawaii and the various cultures and internal politics of Hawaii are pivotal to the plot.
- Lampooned in "A Very Brady Sequel'', which features a scene where the bad guy gets a flat running over a tiki idol. note
- From Hereto Eternity is set on a Hawaiian army base just before the attack on Pearl Harbor, and while we do see the nice beaches, and all the army men wear Hawaiian shirts while they're out on the town, in general the movie is pretty dark, and we only see a few native Hawaiians around.
- Soul Surfer
- Towards the end, the main character of Clone Republic takes a vacation to Hawaii with a friend.
- 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 USS Arizona 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, complaining about how commercialized and cultureless Hawai'i has become. (For the uninitiated, Waikiki has been the largest concentration of hotels, tourist traps, and shops for years and years, and is often derided as a tourist trap. The tourist industry is a bone of contention for some native Hawaiians.)
- Britney Spears has her Live And More special DVD take place on Hawaii, with the usual touristy things and a concert on the beach.
- Friendly Fires' "Hawaiian Air" is more about the journey to Hawaii and the anticipation, but the music video has scenes filmed in Hawaii and features a little bit of Product Placement for Hawaiian Airlines.
- The Blue Scholars released an EP in 2009 titled OOF! that is dedicated to songs about Hawaii, and filmed a music video for "HI-808" there.
- Lilo & Stitch is set in Hawaii; however, the Crossovers they had with other Disney Channel shows did feel like this.
- Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
- Phineas and Ferb
- Rocket Power: Tito is from Hawai'i, and uses pidgin English and sayings.
- The gang also goes there in The Movie, and it's revealed that Otto and Reggie's late mother was Hawaiian.
- Slinkman in Camp Lazlo wanted to go to Hawaii for his break, but Lumpus, lazy as always, tricked him into thinking Camp Kidney was Hawaii. It took a while, but when Slinkman finally did believe that lie, the bean scouts also caught on the act (thinking of it more of a fun game). The bean scouts played along so well that, when Lumpus decided to tell the truth, he instead ended believing he was in Hawaii.
- Test Drive Unlimited. In the first one it is the main venue, and it is fully explorable, with no invisible walls. In 2 is joined by the island of Ibiza.
- A popular honeymoon destination.
- Hawai'i's got a lot of international tourists - while the main draw is Japan, many tourists come over from all over Asia (India included) and Europe.
- 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.
- There is a Walt Disney Resort on Hawai'i itself, on O'ahu, called Aulani.
- Resorts on Hawai'i itself have been doing something similar for quite a while as well, with paid luaus. All of the Luaus will have a dance: if it's not exploring every culture of the Polynesian islands, they'll demonstrate the various forms of Hula. Kalua pig (a pig pressure-cooked underground) is a must.
- The Tiki "culture" was centered around exotic tropical drinks, bamboo furniture, and hibiscus flowers, and Tiki heads everywhere (from columns that held up the bar itself, to decorations, to cups). (Tikis are a real thing, but they don't have anything to do with drinking or partying.)