Beach Crooners

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Toes in the Sand with Bing Crosby, 1936
Image from Bishop Museum Library and Archives (

IMAGINE THE SCENE: You’re sauntering along the shoreline in Waikiki. the notion of sampling a frosty new drink everyone is talking about-the mai tai-beckons you to the Pink Palace of the Pacific when, there in the sand, you spot a few fellas strumming ‘ukulele under the near setting sun. although this sight is nothing out of the ordinary, one of the crooners, who appears to be leading on vocals, looks oddly familiar. You smile as you pass, the strumming and gentle lyrics floating through the air, carried to sea in the gentle trade winds…When you dream about Hawaii / Don’t forget to dream about that night we met… To the tune of steel guitars beneath the stars of Waikiki / When you dream about Hawaii, dream of me.

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