The world has changed a lot since that day in late July in the early sixties when my younger sister had a Hawaiian party for her birthday. We wore hula skirts made out of pink tissue paper and piled into the station wagon to all see “South Pacific” which was making a second run at the town’s only theater.
Check out at least the beginning of this video showing a Polynesian woman trying to get an American soldier in WWII to fall in love with her daughter.
It’s over fifty years later. Yes, movies have clearly come a long way. Yes, the concept behind the scene could be considered offensive. And the message of the song itself?
Yeah. Still right on the mark. Thank you Rogers and Hammerstein