Aloha Summer

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Aloha Summer
Aloha summer.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace
Produced by Mike Greco
Written by
Music by
Cinematography Steven Poster
Edited by
Distributed by International Spectrafilm
Release date
  • February 26, 1988 (1988-02-26)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Aloha Summer is a 1988 American comedy-drama film about a group of teenagers and their experiences one summer in Hawaii. The film was directed by Tommy Lee Wallace and stars Chris Makepeace, Yuji Okumoto, Tia Carrere, and Don Michael Paul.


An American teenager travels from the Contiguous United States to Hawaii with his parents for a vacation and meets five other teenagers. The film follows the teenagers as they learn about surfing, drinking, sex, and friendship.


Caryn James of The New York Times called it "empty nostalgia done for its own sake".[1] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times wrote the film surprises viewers with its depth and themes, which include racism.[2] TV Guide wrote, "Though they didn't create a very good movie, the filmmakers had their hearts in the right place, and for that they should be commended."[3]


  1. ^ James, Caryn. "Aloha Summer (1988)". The New York Times. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Kevin (February 26, 1988). "MOVIE REVIEWS : 'Aloha Summer': Youth in Troubled Paradise". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Aloha Summer". TV Guide. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 

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