Its Friday and so for this week’s Movie Night we are doing Lilo and Stitch. Perfect for a summer night but also great for learning more about Hawaii, which is where majority of the film takes place.
Before we even get into the film, lets talk about Hawaiian facts:
- Hawaii was the 50th state to join the United States of America in 1959.
- It is nicknamed the Aloha State
- The Capital is Honolulu
We are going to add a video of the scenery. Hawaii has a lot of history that is mixed with Asian and Polynesian cultures. It is a beautiful state but also has a lot of problems. You and your ids can research more on that if you wish.
Now on to the movie. Lilo and Stitch actually is its own little franchise that includes Lilo and Stitch (2002), Stitch! The Movie (2003), Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch (2005), Leroy and Stitch (2006). There were also three series based off the film which were Lilo and Stitch the Series (2003-2005), Stitch the Series (2008-2015) and Stitch & AI (2017).
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Enjoy planning your movie night with the roundup we used for our own.
DIY Hawaiian Luau Decorations: Pineapple Centerpiece (Cricut Craft) – Hawaii Travel with Kids
“Planning a backyard Hawaiian luau and want to create your own Hawaiian luau decorations? Scroll to find out how to DIY a pineapple centerpiece using a soda can and paper with this Cricut Hawaiian paper craft.”- Marcia
DIY Hawaiian Luau Decorations: Hawaiian Paper Lei (Cricut Craft) – Hawaii Travel with Kids
“Are you throwing a Hawaiian luau party this summer? Scroll to find out how to make your own paper lei Hawaiian luau decorations using a Cricut!” – Marcia
Hawaiian Plumeria Paper Flower Craft – Hawaii Travel with Kids
“Looking for a cute Hawaii craft to make? Keep scrolling for my Hawaiian Plumeria Paper Flower Craft tutorial!” – Marcia
Entrees and Sides
Kalua Pork – House of Nash
“This ridiculously easy, smoky and salty Kalua Pork (aka Kalua Pig) is made with only 3-ingredients in the slow cooker or instant pot. The mouth-watering meat is tender, juicy, and delicious all on its own, but it can also be used for burritos, salads, tacos, and more!“- Amy
Hawaiian Macaroni Salad – House of Nash
“This Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is a creamy, comforting, authentic side dish from the islands that’s perfect for summer cookouts, barbecues, and luaus (obviously). We’re talking local Hawaiian plate-lunch style classic macaroni salad here, and it’s delicious!” – Amy
MAUI’S BEST HAWAIIAN BANANA BREAD RECIPE- Kim and Kalee
“his Hawaiian Banana Bread recipe is the perfect combination of rich and sweet. It’s inspired by Maui’s Road to Hana and is super moist like Aunt Sandy’s Banana bread or Old Lahaina Luau banana bread!”- Kim and Kalee
Air Fryer Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wings – Hawaii Travel with Kids
“Looking for an awesome Air Fryer chicken recipe to make? You’ll love this Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wings recipe that’s is packed with flavor!”- Marcia
Homemade Hawaiian Rolls – Amanda’s Cookin
“Everybodys favorite soft, fluffy Hawaiian bread can be made at home. Deliciously sweet homemade Hawaiian rolls are the perfect addition to dinner!” – Amanda
GRILLED PINEAPPLE – Keep Calm and Eat Ice Cream
“This grilled pineapple is fresh, easy and delicious! Made with fresh pineapple its a simple dessert with just four ingredients thats on the table in twenty minuits. Perfect for summer days or when you’re missing the sunshine!” – Sarah
My Favorite Fruit Salad – Imaginative Homeschool
“This is a blog about our homeschool journey. Our homeschool has incorporated a lot of imaginative learning: talking stuffed animals, pretend play, and general “make believe.” Now that my homeschooled son is older, there’s less of that, but I still blog about it a bunch because…well, there’s a lot of stuff we did when he was younger I just haven’t gotten to blogging about yet.” – Gale
HOW TO MAKE CREAM HORNS AT HOME – Kim and Kalee
“You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make homemade cream horns! Our Hawaiian cream horns are light, fluffy and delicious! They’re the perfect dessert for holidays, family get-togethers, and parties!” – Kim and Kalee
CREAMY HAWAIIAN FRUIT SALAD RECIPE – Movie Nights at Home
“This creamy Hawaiian fruit salad recipe is the perfect blend of creamy goodness and tropical fruit! It’s also such an easy recipe to throw together and is always a crowd-pleaser!” – Kim and Kalee
No Churn Homemade Mango Ice Cream – Hawaii Travel with Kids
“Want to make the creamiest mango ice cream with condensed milk and whipping cream? Scroll to get my full No Churn Homemade Mango Ice Cream recipe!”- Marcia
Copycat Disney Pineapple Dole Whip Recipe – Hawaii Travel with Kids
“Is Dole Whip one of your favorite dairy-free treats? You’ll love this easy pineapple Dole Whip recipe that will remind you of Disney Parks or visiting Dole Plantation in Hawaii. Scroll to learn how to make Dole Whip!” – Marcia
How to Decorate Tropical Cookies – Buttercream Parties
“Today’s tutorial is how to decorate tropical cookies including tropical drink cookies & buttercream hibiscus cookies. I love these fun coconut drink cookies with their umbrellas. The pineapple wedge goes perfectly with the pineapple decorated cookies as well.” – Leah
Aloha Bundt Cake – Liv for Cake
“This Aloha Bundt cake is loaded with the very best Hawaii has to offer – bananas, pineapple, coconut, and macadamia nuts!“
Pineapple Cupcakes Perfect For Luau – The Inspiration Edit
“These pineapple themed cupcakes are super cute and easy to make. If your attending a luau, looking for a fun summer cupcake treat or simple want a pineapple cupcake topper then your in the right place! ” – Angela
Instant Pot Oreo Cheesecake – Corrie Cooks
“Yes, you can actually make an amazing cake using your Instant Pot!” – Corrie
Ocean Themed Party Cake and Snacks – Imaginative Homeschool
“My son loves anything to do with sea life, so of course I had to have an ocean themed party last year. I had some fun decorative food for this party I want to share with you all.” – Gale
Homemade Hawaiian Punch-House of Nash
“This tropical Homemade Hawaiian Punch recipe is a delightfully easy and refreshing non-alcoholic fruit punch that is perfect for any party or luau! You’re going to want to make this all summer long!“- Amy
Virgin Pina Coladas – House of Nash
“Enjoy a cool, tropical treat this summer with these creamy, refreshing and non-alcoholic Virgin Piña Coladas that are perfect for the whole family to enjoy! It’s a sip of paradise in every glass and will transport you right to the shade of a palm tree on a warm beach, no passport required!“- Amy
This is a very interesting list of recipes and geography. I remember watching that movie in theaters when I was a kid. I will give Disney props for actually making a movie respectful to Hawaiian culture even though the Elvis stuff got out of hand. It is also one of the few Disney movies to pass the Deggan’s Test which is a plus. Wish they would have that kind of respect for other cultures, but that’s a story for a different day. Good post though!
Thank you, while Disney absolutely has its faults, Disney and his animators have tried and more recently had more success with giving more props to the cultures they were inspired by when it comes to films.
The few reasons they had Elvis in the film was that for Lilo, his music helped her. She connected. Elvis also loved Hawaii, so they had it in honor of that as well.
I can go off on all that lol. I’m also a Disney film historian and theorist and there is so much in each film.
You’re welcome. I’ve noticed that when it comes to the Asian and Polynesian communities with their more recent films, so props to them for putting effort. I heard they actually used the Tokelauan language for one of the Moana songs and got people in that country to consult them, so I have no issue with that for example. I don’t want to repeat myself when it comes to the two Disney movies that take place in Africa nice I’m trying to be in a good mood.
That’s true with Lilo in-character. I will spare you some of my thoughts about Elvis, but I didn’t know that when it came to him loving Hawaii. You learn something new every day. Sadly, I also found out that the Hawaiian language is sadly endangered the other day.
Sure thing. At least you aren’t a Disney sycophant. It annoys me when people don’t research these things or gloss over the major issues that rarely get talked about.
Oh yes, I mean they still have a lot of growing and inclusion to make. Aluani the Disney resort in Hawaii is doing more harm then good.
No company is perfect. I give props where they are due but there are many more that need work. I don’t think they have really done well when it comes to representation in Africa whether it’s animated or live action.
Of course. I haven’t been to any of the Disney parks, so I’m not familiar with Aulani. I just read an article about the Disney resort and yeah…it does look problematic especially with it being close to an actual native Hawaiian-owned resort.
Sure thing and I don’t expect every company to be perfect, but some companies should know better and own up to their mistakes. Then again, I feel like a good portion of Disney fans treat the company as something that can do no wrong. I wholeheartedly agree with you when it comes to Africa let alone the diaspora in a lot of their movies. They have 2 animated movies in Africa and have no Black characters, don’t own up to any of the racist implications with certain characters, or how they trademarked “Hakuna Matata” yet was forced to drop that Dia de las Muertes/Day of the Dead trademark with Coco.
Big time, and then tried to trademark Loki from Norse Mythology. It’s frustrating to say the least. Big fan, former CM and well Disney film historian but I will happily point out the issues so they can work on it
Wait, Disney tried to trademark Loki? That is insane. Makes me wonder if that would count as cultural appropriation against the Norwegian community since the original character (not his Marvel counterpar, obviously) has been there for over a millennia. It reminds me of how they trademarked the name “Snow White” even though they legally cannot trademark the titular character or her story since she’s been in public domain for centuries.
They tried but people fought it. It was a bad look
Good on the people for taking Disney and Marvel to task. I just wish that kind of pressure would be more consistent across the board like the aforementioned “problem-free philosophy”. I had concerns that Disney would try to trademark “Ohana” or “Aloha” for Lilo & Stitch if they had the chance. Even people who don’t know Hawaiian know what those words mean regardless if they saw that movie or not.
Yeah, I haven’t heard anything if they tried on those words
About Ohana and Aloha? I hope they haven’t tried that.
I don’t think they did.
Good on them for having the decency not to do so.