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Bali Hai calls again! Mitzi Gaynor Kauai bound for South Pacific celebration

Mitzi_Gaynor_South_Pacific_Kauai_celebrationWhen Bali Hai calls, Mitzi Gaynor answers.

The actress who famously portrayed effervescent U.S. Navy nurse, Ensign Nellie Forbush in the classic film version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific will return to Kauai in October to help celebrate the movie musical’s 51st anninversary.

It will be Gaynor's first visit to the Garden Island since the film was made there in 1957 and 1958.

South Pacific is a great film to celebrate—No. 5 on our list of the Eight Best Movies Filmed in Hawaii.

The bulk of South Pacific’s outdoor scenes were filmed on Kauai’s picturesque north shore. Fans of the film still make pilgrimages there to visit virtually unchanged locations made famous in the film such as Lumahai Beach (where Gaynor romped while singing “I’m In Love With A Wonderful Guy”), Hanalei Bay (the backdrop for Juanita Hill as Bloody Mary’s take on “Bali Hai”) and Mount Makana (which stood in for the mysterious island of Bali Hai).

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