The Brady Bunch Guide to Hawaii
The Brady Bunch Guide to Hawaii
It appears the Brady Bunch never left the island of Oahu during their classic three-part TV series event. In fact, they barely left greater Honolulu. The screen captures, links, and map below showcase all of their tourist activities, real and fictionalized. It’s the Brady Bunch Guide to Hawaii.
This is where the Brady Bunch stayed during their trip, it looks pretty much the same.
- Hotel website: http://www.sheraton-waikiki.com/
- Intro Video: http://youtu.be/wrlW9IWOptU
- Video of hotel entrance: http://youtu.be/4W4aguUegqg
Puu Ualakaa Park
The Brady Bunch’s tour guide, David, takes them to this overlook and they all have a good laugh trying to pronounce Puu Ualakaa.
The Brady Bunch’s tour guide, David, points out the ‘Iolani Palace in front of the new state building while they stand in the park that features the King Kamehameha Statue.
King Kamehameha Statue
The Bradys stood in the park and admired the King Kamehameha Statue.
Halona Blow Hole
The Brady Bunch enjoyed a view of Halona Blow Hole during their tour with David.
The Brady Bunch enjoyed a group Outrigger adventure. I’m not sure if they used Waikiki Beach Services back then, but you could.
USS Arizona Memorial
The Brady Bunch took a quiet and respectful tour of the Arizona Memorial.
Pearl Harbor Tour
The Brady Bunch took a boat tour of Pearl Harbor and their tour guide David tells them about the Shark Queen God and the island chief’s warning not to build a military base in the harbor, that bad luck (taboo) would soon follow.
FYI: Tarantulas are not native to Hawaii.
RIP, Don Ho
Bobby and Cindy run into Don Ho outside of the Sheraton Waikiki. For much of Don Ho’s last 30 years, he was, “a steady Waikiki nightclub attraction, appealing largely to tourists. In his long-running show at the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber hotel, he would crack jokes and play familiar songs.” [Source: NYTimes]
Note: Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber has since been renamed Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort.
If you want to take an outdoor Hula lesson, try not to hurt your back like Alice. Some beachfront hotels offer weekly outdoor Hula lessons. Or consult the Hula Schools Worldwide website to schedule a lesson.
"Rabbit" [Mānana] Island
The Brady girls viewed “Rabbit Island” (actually, it’s named Mānana Island) via coin-operated binoculars while visiting Sea Life Park.
- Video, Rabbit Island near Sea Life Park: http://youtu.be/drtcZ8eg-x8
Mrs. Brady, the girls and Alice visited Sea Life Park, where Jan had her picture taken with a Red-footed Booby. They also viewed “Rabbit Island” (i.e. Mānana Island) from that location.
The Koʻolau Range
The Brady boys and their tour guide, David, look out towards Koʻolau Range, probably from somewhere in the vicinity of the Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden. David tells them that according to legend, the deep creases of the Koʻolau Mountains were made by old islanders dragging canoes up the mountains from the beaches.
The Brady boys attempt to return the taboo Tiki idol to an ancient burial ground of Kings situated “on the other side of the island,” all of which was fictionalized and filmed with Vincent Price on a soundstage in LA. If you want to visit a real burial ground of Hawaiian royalty, the Royal Mausoleum of Hawaii is the final resting place of Hawaii’s two prominent royal families: the Kamehameha Dynasty and the Kalākaua Dynasty.
- Virtual tours: http://www.vthawaii.com/OAHU/Nuuanu/Nuuanu.html
VIncent Price and the Brady Bunch enjoyed a Hawaiian luau, filmed on a soundstage in LA. For a real Polynesian experience, visit Hawaii’s Polynesian Cultural Center, located in Laie, Oahu, about an hour’s drive from Waikiki. http://www.polynesianculturalcenter.com/
Blowing of the Pu
The blowing of the Pu, a deep part of the Hawaiian culture, has multiple uses and communicates various meanings in both Religious and secular traditions.
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All of the locations mentioned above are plotted on this handy Google Map. Enjoy!
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