Thu. Dec 8th, 2022

It’s been greater than 20 years since Disney launched “Lilo & Sew” to each vital acclaim and business success, taking households in every single place on an animated journey to Hawaii through the large display screen. Twenty years in the past, Elvis was reintroduced to a complete new technology, and ohana was outlined as “household” — and “Household means no one will get left behind or forgotten.”

The unique 2002 movie facilities on a younger Hawaiian lady, Lilo Pelekai, her older sister and guardian, Nani, and an extraterrestrial creature. Blue and koala-like, but in addition dog-ish, the creature was initially labeled Experiment 626. After adopting the creature, nonetheless, Lilo named her new buddy Sew. 

Co-directors and co-writers Chris Sanders (additionally the voice of Sew) and Dean DeBlois, together with their workforce, understood that to inform a narrative of a Native Hawaiian household residing within the archipelago, they would want to immerse themselves within the place and the tradition. It was on the island of Kauai, within the southwestern city of Hanapepe, that Sanders and DeBlois felt they’d discovered Lilo, Nani and Sew’s house. 

Hanapepe impressed Lilo’s hometown. 

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Past the resort-riddled cities of Princeville and Poipu, Hanapepe lies alongside the Kaumualii Freeway (Freeway 50), connecting the remainder of the island to the street to Waimea Canyon. Dubbed “Kauai’s Greatest Little City,” with a present inhabitants of about 2,700, Hanapepe maintains a largely pre-WWII look, with wood sidewalks, getting older storefronts, a shuttered theater and chickens crossing the road simply to get to the opposite facet. These days, it additionally has a bookstore, artists’ galleries, a shave ice store and a bakery. 

Hanapepe on the left and display screen shot from “Lilo & Sew” on the appropriate.

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Regardless of the newer companies, it is greater than quiet; in some locations, at some instances, it is mute. An unheeding customer might drive straight by means of the city with out realizing it. It is a spot the place a younger lady like Lilo simply may embrace as household an extraterrestrial creature who has crash-landed on Earth. 

The city by no means capitalized on its animated fame, which has inadvertently allowed it to take care of the look of Lilo’s hometown within the movie, even 20 years later. There’s just one nod to “Lilo & Sew” in the entire city, maybe on the entire island: a mural on the facet of the previous Aloha Theater that reads, “Welcome to Historic Outdated City Hanapepe ‘House of Lilo & Sew.'” It’s located between Speak Story Bookstore and JJ Ohana, very near Hanapepe’s historic swinging bridge. Steps away from the bridge, Aloha Spice Firm’s plantation-style constructing seems acutely just like the animation of Lilo and Nani’s home.  

Within the film, Sew crash-lands on or close to what seems to be the Napali Coast. There is a visible of what appears to be like like Kalalau Valley from the lookout accessed through Waimea Canyon Street. By following the Kaumualii Freeway farther west previous Hanapepe, to the tip of the street at mile marker 18, you’ll discover Sew’s landing website — or, on the very least, probably the most stunning views in Hawaii. 

Views of Hanapepe in actual life and within the film.

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The principle space of Hanapepe City is inland — comparatively talking, in fact, on an island 25 miles lengthy by 33 miles broad — however to re-create scenes from Lilo and Nani’s sundown seashore periods, Salt Pond Seashore Park is only a Sew roll away. The seashore park has quite a few shallow, protected swimming pools, superb for wading with youngsters, in addition to a lifeguard tower, loos, showers and pavilions for shade. Don’t count on any “Hawaiian curler coaster rides” on surfboards, however until you’ll be able to party-wave like Nani, Lilo and Sew, it’s most likely for the most effective. 

Within the 2002 movie, Lilo introduces Sew to the King of Rock and Roll. “Need to take heed to the King?” she asks. “You appear like an Elvis fan.” Instantly, he is enamored. The film options 5 Elvis songs, the primary time ever that this was permitted in a film that the King himself was not in. 

It’s probably Elvis would have beloved being featured so prominently in “Lilo & Sew,” as he had a robust affinity for Hawaii. A few of his most iconic films and performances passed off on the islands. “Blue Hawaii” was filmed in and across the Coco Palms Resort in Kapaa on Kauai, the place Elvis additionally vacationed along with his spouse and younger daughter. Driving again to the east facet of the island on the principle street, you sadly gained’t get the chance to peek on the room he often stayed in (bungalow 56), as Hurricane Iniki utterly destroyed the posh resort in 1992. However the Coco Palms nonetheless stands as an oceanfront, rusted-out husk of itself — a bit eerie however holding numerous Elvis historical past. 

The Hanapepe lighthouse.

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The Kaumualii Freeway turns into Kuhio Freeway (Freeway 56), on Kauai’s east facet, naturally bending towards the North Shore. “Lilo & Sew” tremendous followers may recall a scene the place, proper after crash-landing on what seems to be the Napali Coast, Sew steals a motorcycle to get round quicker. Within the background, the Kilauea lighthouse is in view. The lighthouse additionally seems many times in each “Sew: The Film” and “Lilo & Sew: The Sequence.” The 52-foot lighthouse rests on a rocky level 180 toes above the ocean and has acted as a beacon for watercraft since 1913. Reservations are required to formally go to the lighthouse property, however you may also casually view it from a distance within the free car parking zone. 

The Waioli Huiia Church in Hanalei.

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Whereas Lilo’s hometown — the fictional Kokaua City — was impressed primarily by Hanapepe City, Hanalei on the North Shore was certainly additionally an affect. Kauai’s North Shore mountains seem within the background all through the movie, and avenue scenes harken to the quaint city. Extra usually visited by vacationers than Hanapepe, Hanalei now options loads of present and surf outlets, eating places, and meals vehicles whereas nonetheless sustaining its small-town really feel. Whereas there, take the time to understand the epic scene of the just about 200-year-old Waioli Huiia Church and Hanalei Faculty, with the North Shore mountains towering behind. 

Certain, “Lilo & Sew” is fictional, however had the story been actual, Experiment 626 would have been the wisest extraterrestrial creature round to land on Earth on the island of Kauai. It is an distinctive place, skilled by solely the luckiest few and one small blue alien. 

Rebecca is a author and writing teacher on Oahu in Hawaii. She has two younger youngsters and a husband who observe sand everywhere in the home. She organizes a month-to-month ebook membership in her yard round string lights and bottles of wine. She enjoys cooking however not baking, operating however not quick, and the Sunday New York Instances on a Monday morning.

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