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Five Questions with South Pacific’s Mitzi Gaynor on Kauai

Mitzi_Gaynor_South_Pacific_Princeville_KauaiHAWAII: After 50 years, did you notice anything had changed on Kauai?

GAYNOR: Not a thing! Except that the limousine they picked us up in seemed bigger than the whole island used to be. Now, you can fly here direct from Los Angeles, and the airport has like 20 gates.

I’m going to tell you what it was like.  Back then, we had to wait a couple of days in Honolulu, because the plane to Kauai only flew once a week or so.  I think they had to wind up the rubber bands.

When we got to the island, there was a green pasture, and  they just put the plane down (Gaynor claps her hands loudly) right in the middle of it.

We stayed at the Coco Palms Hotel, which is just shacks with those corrugated tin roofs. The coconuts would go bang on the roof, and the first night Jack (her husband, who passed away in 2006) leapt out of bed, What?!

Of course, when we’d arrived, all the ladies were wearing stockings and girdles and little suits and hats and purses and gloves to match, it was 1958. The minute we felt the tradewinds, we went native. Everything came off and we went immediately to the Lihue General Store, and bought every muumuu there.

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