On August 21, 1959, Hawaii officially became the fiftieth state in the United States of America. These beautiful islands have attracted much tourism from people around the world. Today, Hawaii is the location for many movies, inspiration for music, and setting for books that make them timelessly iconic. In the 2002 film Lilo & Stitch, we are introduced to a lonely young girl living in Hawaii and some of the culture.
The film opens up with Lilo going to feed a fish in the ocean. However, by doing so she is late for her hula dancing lessons. When she does show up she makes it just in time to create a bit of a mess for her and the other dances. Upset with herself for biting her fellow classmate with whom she just wants to be friends with, she goes home. In the meantime, her sister Nani shows up only to realize that Lilo is home. Nani then hurries home where she meets a grumpy social worker who threatens to take Lilo away after a visit gone awry. Realizing that Lilo only wants a friend Nani takes her to a pet store.
When Nani and Lilo arrive at the store, she lets Lilo go and pick out a pet dog. When Lilo goes looking for a dog she finds a blue alien that is on the run. She decides to pick out him as her new “friend.” Unbeknownst to her there are aliens on the way to pick up Stitch or Experiment 626 back to his planet. Nani reluctantly takes Stitch home with her and Lilo. Lilo attempts to make Stitch an upstanding citizen while Stitch is dodging his creator Dr. Jumba and Agent Wendell.
Just as Stitch is finally starting to settle into his new life in Hawaii, trouble begins. Dr. Jumba and Agent Wendell accidentally cause a fire in Lilo’s home leading her to run away to find herself taken captive by Captain Gantu. Gantu is bent on bringing Stitch back for fame and glory. However, his plan is thwarted with Stitch being allowed to stay in Hawaii with Jumba and Wendell. It is also revealed that the social worker is a former CIA agent who started some of the rumors around Wendell and Jumba’s planet. The movie ends with Lilo, Nani, Stitch, and Nani’s boyfriend living happily ever after as a family.
Lilo & Stitch is quite the family fun adventure film to take place in Hawaii. Located on the beautiful island of K’auai, we are in a Disney film like no other. On August 21, 1959 Dwight D. Eisenhower, signed an executive order making Hawaii the 50th state of the United States of America. Hawaii is a beautiful state where there is much to be seen.