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Hawaii, the Aloha State: Part 2

Aloha! As I noted in my first article, there is so much to learn about Hawaii. In this article, I'm going to tell you about what I thought are some Fun Facts about Hawaii.

Hawaii and the Movies: There's a long list of movies that were filmed or produced in Hawaii. As I researched, I found some surprising information.

James Michener wrote " Hawaii" and it was made into a movie in 1966, starring Julie Andrews, Max Von Sydow and Richard Harris. It also featured a native Tahitian lady who didn't speak English at all and had never before been an actress. Her name was Jocelyne LeGarde and she won the Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She learned her lines phonetically. Quite an accomplishment I think.

Lilo & Stitch is the first full length animated movie to take place anywhere in Hawaii, but it was originally set in Kansas! Somehow, I think if they stayed in Kansas it just wouldn't be as much fun.

Jurassic Park was filmed on the islands of Oahu and Kauai in 1992. But the island the zoo-amusement park is supposed to be just off Costa Rica.

Hawaii and Television: For me, Hawaii 5-0 and Magnum P.I. are the first two that come to mind. My dad was even a technical advisor for a Hawaii 5-0 episode that was filmed on his merchant ship. Cool, huh!

Hawaii 5-0: Jack Lord and James MacArthur (Helen Haye's adopted son!) star as two detectives for the state police department, which doesn't exist in reality. Most of the show was filmed in Honolulu and on the island of Oahu. It was the longest running police drama on TV until Law & Order (which came about 20 years later!) 5-0 became a slang term for the police.

Gilligan's Island: Only the pilot episode was filmed on Kauai. The rest of the show was filmed in California. In one episode though, the castaways' island is supposed to be located 300 miles southeast of Honolulu, but in another episode the Professor says they are 3,100 miles from Hawaii, placing the island just south of Baja California, both areas well charted. By the way, I finally found out what Gilligan's real name is supposed to be: Willy Gilligan. I also learned that Skipper's name is Jonas Grumby and the Professor is Roy Hinkley.

Magnum P.I.: Okay, I'll admit I had a huge crush on Tom Selleck. Obscure tie-in to Hawaii 5-0, CBS re-used many of the sets from Hawaii 5-0 for Magnum P.I. Early episodes even make reference to the fictional 5-0 squad.

Jake and the Fatman: Yes, I watched this show, mostly to see Joe Penny. The show started out in Los Angeles, but once Magnum P.I. ended, the show was moved to Hawaii, although it subsequently ended up back in LA. It wasn't such a weird change in plot though, because Jason Fatman McCabe was born in Hawaii.

The Thorn Birds, mini-series: Why was this filmed in Hawaii? The setting is the Australian outback, about an Australian sheep-farming family, written by an Australian author. Sorry, but I don't see the connection.

Dog the Bounty Hunter: I have only watched a few episodes, but I've seen the non-postcard picture side of Hawaii. The show came about from Duane "Dog" Chapman and his bounty hunting company being featured on A&E network's Take This Job.

There are many more movies and TV shows that either have been set, filmed and/or produced in Hawaii. If you need beautiful lush greenery, lava spewing volcanoes or beautiful sandy beaches, Hawaii is your site.

Now for some more fun facts. Hawaii celebrates Kamehameha Day on June 11th, the only US holiday to honor a monarch.

Hawaii is the only state without a state police force or a Department of Motor Vehicles; all this is handled at the county level.

The only incorporated city in Hawaii is Honolulu. There are only 5 counties covering Hawaii ( Hawaii, Honolulu, Kalawao, Kauai and Maui), the same number as Rhode Island.

The State Flag was very surprising. It is the only flag in the United States that actually features another country's flag - Great Britain's Union Jack! The State Flag symbolizes Hawaii as a kingdom, protectorate, republic, territory and finally a state. The Union Jack is featured in the upper left corner, while the rest of the flag is comprised of 3 alternative stripes of red, white and blue.

Aloha: In Hawaiian, aloha means affection, love, compassion and mercy, and is used as both a greeting and send off. Aloha Spirit is often described as a sense of care and hospitality to those around, and is where the official nickname, The Aloha State, comes from.

Once again, I've run out of room and I still have more to tell! I'll just have to continue in a third article! Aloha readers!

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