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Bali Hai

I’d meant — and had forgotten — to rent South Pacific immediately upon my return from the Garden Isle. (Hold, please, while I add it to my Netflix queue. Okay then.) It’s not that I’m such a crazy fan of Rodgers and Hammerstein, though truth be told, I’m a sucker for a kitschy musical. Nope, it’s that I wanted to see the scenery, to see if I could name any of the locations where the movie was filmed.

IMDB states, minimally, that it was filmed on Kauai but this press release — which reminded me to rent the movie — names a few more specific sites and says that the landscape is “easily recognizable in the movie and visitors coming to Kauai’s north shore today will note how largely unchanged the area remains five decades later.”

I can’t tell from the clips I found on YouTube if it’s the landscape is truly familiar, but I love the completely tropics-struck expressions on the faces of the sailors in this bit. Oh, I’ve felt like that. I heard you the first time, Bali Hai. No need to hit redial.

Bali Ha’i may call you, any night, any day, in your heart, you’ll hear it call you: “Come away…Come away.”

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  1. Off to Kauai on Monday. Going to go rent South Pacific right now! Mahalo