This was the last song with the word "Hawaii" in it to make the Hot 100. America had a fascination with Hawaiian culture in the '50s and '60s that was reflected in movies, TV shows and music. By the '70s, the populace of the lower 48 seemed less enamored - Joni Mitchell even wrote about the commercialization of the island in her song "Big Yellow Taxi
In the decade preceding Hawaii Five-O
, there were five charting hits that mention the state, four of which were instrumentals:
"Blue Hawaii" by Billy Vaughn (#37, 1959)
"Hawaiian War Chant" by Billy Vaughn (#89, 1959)
"Hawaii Tattoo" by The Waikikis (#33, 1965)
"Hawaii Honeymoon" by The Waikikis (#91, 1965)
The lone vocal hit was "The Hawaiian Wedding Song (Ke Kali Nei Au)" by Andy Williams (#11, 1959).