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Paradise, Hawaiian Style

3.7 / 5

Words & Music: Bill Giant Bernie Baum Florence Kaye

Hawaii, U.S.A., Hawaii..U.S.A..
We're flyin', comin' your way
Aloha, Hawaii U.S.A.

Gee it's great, to be in that fiftieth state
The land of enchanted dreams
What an isle, where it's heaven tropical style
Where love weaves a spell, it seems

Hawaii, U.S.A., Hawaii..U.S.A..
We're flyin', comin' your way
Aloha, Hawaii U.S.A.

Gee what fun, just to swim and surf in the sun
While the trade winds caress the sea
What a sight, those exotic scenes of delight
Are waiting for you and me

Hawaii, U.S.A....Hawaii...U.S.A...Hawaii..U.S.A....

Recordingdate: 1965/07/27, first released on: Paradise, Hawaiian Style (album)


Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Paradise, Hawaiian Style:

(steel guitar)


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dgirl wrote on August 19, 2009
this worked better for the Aloha special than it did for the awful movie from which it came. so-so song.
JLpResLey wrote on September 17, 2009
Bad song, terrible movie. But I must admit, Elvis sings it well, he probably did the best he could do with it
pasa-ryu wrote on September 17, 2009
i happen to love the movie and this song!-especially the outtake version on the expanded RCA/FTD albu:..where you hear Elvis laughing and having fun with the song!-'yes' he probally hated having to sing the song,but the professional artist that he was,he gave it his very best he could.(how many artist today could have managed to make awful songs sound good as Elvis did with all the movie songs he was forced to sing??)How Elvis managed to to such a good job on what many consider 'mediocre' movie songs i do not know-but he did...thats what elvis was,a unique artist who tackle any song and sing any style!!-i agree that this song sounded better suited in the Aloha from Hawaii concert when he's arriving(that was a very good gimic they did),but i still play the song and still enjoy it.
My boy, my boy wrote on September 17, 2009
I have nothing against the song. It fits well the first segment of the Aloha show. But the sad attempt to recapture the magic of the Blue Hawaii film with the new picture failed, definitely.
old shep wrote on September 17, 2009
A bad song from an equally poor film, and there were many more songs like this to come.
NONE000000 wrote on September 17, 2009
Possibly Elvis' worst film. It's a shame there are a lot of contenders for that title. The song, however, isn't really too bad. I mean, it sounds like an advertising jingle for the board of tourism in Hawaii, but it isn't all bad. And I do love the operettic outtake on the FTD release. Elvis' voice was so good and strong and powerful, it is a shame it was wasted on this. He truly could have done anything.
bajo wrote on September 17, 2009
PHS was the first, brand new LP album I ever owned. I had got hold of some old and worn out copies of Golden Records and Elvis Is Back. But, this new shining baby sure held something new and I was really excited when I put it on. It was nothing near what I thought Elvis was all about. But, while waiting for some uptempo numbers and rockers, I was let down. Even though I played it over and over, my only comfort was that my mother liked it. Somehow it became special. Over the years there are only three songs that I find suitable for inclusion on my CDR compilations and those are Drums Of The Island, This Is My Heaven and Sand Castles. Especially the two last mentioned are actually songs I really like. Good voice and performances from Elvis. The title track is one of the poorest! Still, I must admit I was suprised to hear it on the Aloha show. And I thought it suited that opening scene. That's all. Regarding the movie I was shocked to see Elvis in those opening scenes in the airplane. It didn't become better during the movie. For the first time i though of Elvis as overweight! Luckily he pulled himself together for later movies. But, PHS became the biggest letdown of all Elvis' movies imo!
burninglove92 wrote on December 18, 2009
pretty catchy tune in my oppinion. fits really good with aloha concert.
Deano1 wrote on February 25, 2010
The title song from Elvis' 21st movie is a passable tune at best that Elvis doesn't sound overly interested in singing. I go back and forth as to which is worst, the "Harum Scarum soundtrack or the "PHS" soundtrack. Both movies rank in the bottom three of his movies (I feel "Harum Scarum" is the worst) and when it comes to albums I think this PHS is slightly more palatable than HS, but that opinion might change tomorrow. The "Kissin' Cousins" LP is almost as bad, but it at least as two high caliber bonus tunes, a top 20 hit from the movie and a few decent tracks from the film.
ElvisSacramento wrote on November 06, 2012
This is such a terrific, fun, catchy and exotic song and it's always such a joy to listen to. I rate this song and Elvis' rendition of it 5 stars.
Gorse wrote on November 27, 2012
I will review the song and ignore the movie and find that as a title song it was distinctly passable. Fitted perfectly into the Aloha concert and like songs of old released in modern movies, takes on a new life. - 3 1/2 stars.
Steve V wrote on November 27, 2012
Awful movie with a bunch of poorly recorded awful songs including this title tune. Elvis is good although he sounds uninterested and the operatic bursts dont work for 1965 on a bad song like this. The Beatles visited Elvis when he was making this film. I'm sure he didn't talk about the songs he recorded for this film.
kink56 wrote on November 27, 2012
Don't care for the song. I like Stop Where You Are, This Is My Heaven, Sand Castles, and Scratch My Back just fine.
alanfalk wrote on November 27, 2012
Good song that is worth the 3.5 stars it has as I´m writing this. This is one of the not so good soundtrack, allthough it actually has two 4,5 star songs IMO ; Sand Castles and This is My Heaven. I will always take Elvis´ best movie songs over any of the Beatles´ songs though !! They should make a 5 cd set with the best movie songs from the 60´ (and yes there are enough songs for that IMO), so non elvis fans could hear the best of his movie songs without having to hear the lesser songs.
john804 wrote on November 27, 2012
I give both the song and the movie 1 zillion stars each!
Steve V wrote on November 28, 2012
I think I will just give every song, every word Elvis ever uttered a zillion stars. No need for intelligence here or even rendering an opinion..
sugartummy wrote on April 20, 2013
A nice opener for the album, movie and Aloha Special. It captures a feel of Hawaii, which it intends to do.
Gorse wrote on July 11, 2013
I always find the comments that Elvis was not interested bemusing, as I cannot detect that in this recording. Good title song, smelling of Hawaii, deemed good enough as the global Aloha introduction, makes me wonder what fans expect from a title tune.
NONE000000 wrote on July 11, 2013
Fun and all....but when people rate "Paradise Hawaiin Style" the same number of stars (5) as "Mystery Train" or "Suspicious Minds", I think maybe some of you people should head off to a Jutin Beiber fan site instead. You clearly have no concept of quality, music or artistry. I comment on the songs, but stopped rating them since some people just give everything "a zillion" stars, or claim everything Elvis did outweighs anything the Beatles did. It must be strange to go through life so cluelessly.
alanfalk wrote on July 11, 2013
Good song, since I heard it and commented on it last time have come to the conclusion that it is in fact a better song than it is credited for. And regarding what people find worth listening to and how many stars the individual songs are worth, I think people should remember that some times ones judgement can be clouded by how many times one have heard a song. And if the Beatles comment was aimed at me, then please read what I wrote before biting my head of,I wrote "I will always take Elvis' BEST movie songs, over any of the Beatles' songs though", that means that I find Jailhouse Rock, Trouble, Can't help falling in love, Rubberneckin' and Edge of Reality and Got a lot of living to do etc. better than any Beatles output, of course I didn't mean that old Mc. Donald is better than twist and shout (my favorite Beatles song). And why should people stop giving their opinion here just because they find others statement or rating absurd ? When I rate a song I do it with my ears and heart, NOT with my intellect and that is why I also prefer Mozart over Wagner and Verdi over Tjajkovskij when it comes to opera.
cookingfat wrote on July 11, 2013
Good song lousy film, but it worked really well for the TV special.
Cruiser621 wrote on July 12, 2013
I actually like this track and to be honest a lot of the soundtrack songs to boot from this movie. The movie to be sure sucked big time. Another rehash of Blue Hawaii; not this time sport. The height of the British Invasion and Elvis puts out garbage soundtrack after garbage soundtrack? What's wrong with this picture? Colonel Parker and "show me the money"... Don't think so Colonel. Rest in peace.
JerryNodak wrote on March 15, 2019
I don't think of this as an awful film. It works for me as a colorful, very scenic, tune filled tour of Hawaii. Probably the closest I'll ever get. But, therein lies the problem. The tunes. Lord, except for this one and "This Is My Heaven," Yikes! I believe this film would have a better rep if the overall soundtrack was better. I give the song Paradise, Hawaiian Style 3 stars.
Miknik7077 wrote on September 23, 2020
Sung well by Elvis that gave it that Hawaiian feel but the lyrics sound like it should be a commercial on why you should go to Hawaii.
The Poor Hawaiian Beach Boy wrote on October 06, 2021
Personally, I find the title track to be one of the better songs included on the otherwise abysmal Paradise, Hawaiian Style soundtrack. It's an irresistibly catchy Hawaiian-tinged number in the same vein as the material on the Blue Hawaii soundtrack from 1961. The other good songs for me are "This Is My Heaven" and the non-movie bonus track "Sand Castles." Everything else is forgettable at best.
The Hawk wrote on April 28, 2022
One of the best Elvis movie title songs. Five stars.
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