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A Vacation Episode wherein the cast packs up and travels to Hawai'i, land of Hula and Luaus and (of course) Hawaiian Shirted Tourists.note 

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 number 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 1970s and '80s, when shows like Hawaii Five-O, Fantasy Island, and Magnum, P.I. were on the air and going strong.

A subtrope of Tropical Island Adventure.


Examples of one-shot Hawaii-themed episodes:

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     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 has 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.)
  • HappinessCharge Pretty Cure!: The team visits Hawaii, and teams up with the Hawaiian Precures, Cure Sunset and Cure Wave.
  • Similar like in the games, the Pokémon anime has Ash and his mother travel to the Alola region, which is based on Hawaii. After their vacation there, Ash stays in Alola to go the Pokémon Trainer School.

  • 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 
  • Gidget Goes Hawaiian
  • From Here to 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
  • The rejected movie Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian. To which one particular person who was offered to do a rewrite answered "Didn't we really say all we needed to say with the first one, or must we go tropical?"
  • Buffalo Soldiers: At the end of the movie the main character, a drug-dealing private stationed in late Cold War West Germany, is reassigned to a base in Hawaii after getting away with all his crimes.
  • Flirtation Walk opens on Oahu, as an American soldier there is falling in love with a rich girl. They take a drive along the coast, and they just happen to run into a luau! Where several dozen native Hawaiians are singing and dancing with careful choreography!
  • A part of The Film of the Book adaption of Everything, Everything is set there for a while.
  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is also set there because the movie's main plot, which is the wedding of the Stangle brothers' younger sister, happens there, including the ATV tour of the part of the island where Jurassic Park was filmed.
  • Donnie and Marie in Goin Coconuts!
  • Seven (1979) is set in Hawaii and trailing the mob bosses involves the heroes checking out a lot of the tourist hotspots. Beaches, tropical jungles and hula dancers abound.

  • Towards the end, the main character of Clone Republic takes a vacation to Hawaii with a friend.
  • The Monk novel Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii has Adrian Monk and Natalie Teeger travel to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Natalie goes to be a bridesmaid at a friend's wedding, while Monk tags along because he can't function without Natalie. Then the duo stumbles upon a rash of criminal activity going on around the place.
    • This does happen in-series, in a way, in "Mr. Monk and the Bad Girlfriend". Stottlemeyer is planning to take his girlfriend Linda Fusco to Hawaii, supposedly to propose to her, but then Monk and Natalie expose Linda as having killed her ex-business partner. So after Linda is arrested, we see Stottlemeyer has taken Randy along with him instead. He then tosses away the ring he apparently intended to use to propose to Linda.
  • Days of Infamy by Harry Turtledove explores the (global) consequences of how WW2 would have panned out if the Japanese had followed through Pearl Harbor with a full-scale invasion and occupation of Hawaii. As well as altering the course of the wider war, occupation would not have been fun for American citizens of all ethnicities.
  • Eli and his family take a vacation to Gram's house in Hawaii at the end of The Compound.

     Live-Action TV 
  • The infamous episode of Happy Days.
  • Jon & Kate Plus Eight renewed their vows as an excuse to go to Hawaii. That didn't work out so well.
  • The Jeffersons
  • The Brady Bunch - Season 4 started with a three-part family trip to Hawaii, where the kids toured the local beaches, got involved with a cursed tiki, and ran into Don Ho and Vincent Price.
  • Sanford and Son
  • My Wife and Kids
  • Charlie's Angels
  • The Fall Guy
  • The Rockford Files
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • A two-part crossover story started on Magnum, P.I. with "Ki'I's Don't Lie" and and ended with the Simon And Simon episode "Emeralds are Not a Girl's Best Friend". The shows were broadcast back to back on CBS for several years, making this a good ploy to retain viewers for two solid hours.
  • Full House
  • Green Acres: The penultimate episode, "Hawaii Honeymoon", has Lisa and Oliver take a fifth honeymoon in Hawaii. Most of the episode deals with the shenanigans of the hotel owner's daughter. This was a pilot for a spinoff, Pam, that wasn't picked up.
  • Growing Pains
  • Saved by the Bell
  • Mama's Family: A two-part episode. Mama wins the trip for four on Jeopardy. Iola pays her own way to join them.
  • Modern Family
  • On Boy Meets World Corey and Topanga have their honeymoon in Hawaii.
  • Saved by the Bell
  • Step by Step had it's Hawaii episode where Frank wins a trip to Maui and is allowed to bring the family along. The episodes deviate into several different subplots involving the family members trying to enjoy their time in Hawaii.
  • Storage Wars went to Hawaii to auction off the (declassified) contents of former military bunkers released by the Department of Defense.
  • The first part of "The Doorway", the Season 6 opener on Mad Men, contains a storyline of Don's trip to Hawaii with Megan. It's a bit of a deconstruction of this trope, as the fakeness of the whole '60s Hawaiian vacation is clear and Don's alienation really comes out there.

  • 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, Honolulu's Waikiki neighborhood has had O'ahu's largest concentration of hotels, tourist traps, and shops for years and years, and is often derided as tacky tourist central. 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.
  • As early as 1963 German singer Paul Kuhn poked fun at this trope in "Es gibt kein Bier auf Hawaii" — wherein he sings about not wanting to go there because the place is too hot and there's no beer.
  • Roxy Music had "Hula Kula" as the B-Side to "Street Life." Arguably a case of Shown Their Work as Phil Manzanera spent part of his childhood in Hawai'i.
  • "Hello Goodbye" by The Beatles ends with a repeated "hey la hey aloha" chant, and in the promo film they're joined by hula dancers for this.

     Professional Wrestling 
  • In 2006, Dramatic Dream Team found themselves with four Japanese men dressed as Hawaiians after an apparent trip to the area calling themselves the aloha World order.
  • Experienced by the roster of Dragon Gate when they were received by Action Zone Wrestling for Aloha Hawaii Night in 2008 (though the first encounter was Showdown in 2007)

     Puppet Shows 
  • A multi-part story on Sesame Street in 1978 had the cast visiting then cast-member Buffy Sainte-Marie in Hawaii. It is also discovered that Snuffleupagi as a species are native to the islands.


     Video Games 
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon takes place in a Hawaii-inspired region Alola.
  • 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.
  • In Kingdom Hearts II, if Stitch is summoned, Sora will be warped to Hawaii to be greeted by the little alien before returning to the world he was in before. This is quite amusing if triggered in a world with form change, as it will result in Sora standing in Hawaii in vampire garb or in grey armor with cyan Tron Lines.
  • Persona 5 features a school trip to Hawaii for its main cast mid-way into the game. Interestingly, the characters complain about how mundane they find the whole experience, basically doing nothing out of their ordinary routines.
  • Fate/Grand Order: The "Servant Summer Festival" event takes place on a week-long Hawaii vacation where time mysteriously keeps looping. Funnily enough, the guts of the event were more about making doujinshi for the local Fan Convention that was running at the same time than about the fact that it was in Hawaii (though it might have been due to the fact that Comiket was happening when the event came around).

  • Schlock Mercenary: A terraformed vacation world has no actual natives, but invokes all sorts of Polynesian trappings (including naming everything using random Polynesian syllables) because the planet's wealthy owners thought it would increase profits.

     Western Animation  

     Real Life 
  • A popular honeymoon destination.
  • Hawaiʻi'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.
  • Disney's Polynesian Village 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 ukulele 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 Disney Resort on Hawaiʻi itself, on Oʻahu, called Aulani.
  • Resorts on Hawaiʻi 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.)
  • In case you didn't know, Barack Obama is from Honolulu, Hawaii. Read his article for more info.


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