Aloha Summer Essay

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"Aloha Summer" Shows True Aloha. "Aloha Summer", a 1988, Tommy Lee Wallace film, that defies all the stereo types that we have talked about and studied throughout this coarse.Every Tuesday evening we gather as a class to discuss all the idiosyncrasies that we can depict from the films that we watch of the pacific. Not one week has a film failed to display a stereotypical view of the pacific as seen by Hollywood. As a class we sit and laugh, because of coarse we seem to know better the reality of how Hawaii really is, and although we have become accustomed to being stereo typed it still seems to be bothersome to the class. As I sat down to see this film "Aloha Summer", I was ready for a good laugh from what I expected to see of Hollywood's view of Hawaii in the late 80's, instead I sat through the movie in awe of how well Hawaii was depicted and how it defied the code of being another laughable movie.Aloha Summer is a film about the adventure that 6 teenagers shared on the summer of 1959. Early in this film we see a shot of Waikiki and it is very similar to what we have seen in many of the different films, we see women in bikinis and everybody on the beach is thin and appealing. We have laughed at this site many times this semester but the reality of it is that Waikiki beach is this meat market that we see in these films. When I walk through the beach of Waikiki the majority of what I see are women in bikinis and a lot of sexuality on the beach. Aloha Summer uses the women as a background and not as sexual objects, I felt that this movie was very fair to the scene in Waikiki as we see it in real life, The film shows a majority of tourist with a fair amount of locals having fun in the sun as we can witness nearly everyday if we walk through Waikiki beach.The next stereotype that was defeated by this film was the cockiness of the foreign male over the natives. The two lead "haoles" in this film did not display any superiority over the natives, the two "haoles" sat at the same level and spoke at the same level that the natives did. The Hawaiian friends were not treated, as pity friendships to make the "haoles" seem sympathetic to natives so that they would get the sex appeal that Hollywood sells by making the "haole" man seem native. The friendship between the Hawaiian teens and the American teens was and equal understanding of two cultures, which was set in a 1959 backdrop, way ahead of its time! In this film there was a scene which mentioned how the local Hawaiian teen was very smart and "well spoken" then the film went on to explain why he never went to college, and it was a problem that still exist till today here in Hawaii, "Jerry" the local boy, was scared of leaving the islands because he...

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