Aloha – Hawaiian greeting for hello or goodbye.
Atoll – Remnants of an extinct volcano from which an island forms with a lagoon in the middle.
Bikini – Two piece bathing suit designed by a French fashion designer, inspired by the Bikini Atoll.
Bikini Atoll – A South Pacific nuclear testing site by the US Military which is now the most radioactive island on the planet.
Exotica – A genre of music of Midcentury American which is a combination of Tropical, Latin and Jazz.
Lava – molten rock turned to liquid from a volcano
Luau – Traditional Hawaiian party which includes a feast of various foods and entertainment.
Mahalo – Hawaiian for Welcome or Thank you.
Mermaid – A mythical creature which is said to be half fish, half woman. Often an illusion or hallucination of sailors long out at sea for months at a time with cravings for the opposite sex. Quite often what they were seeing was a Manatee which swims much like a human in certain circumstances.
Mixology – The art and/or science of mixing cocktails and cocktails.
Monsoon – A season of heavy rains and strong winds
Ohana – Family, home and/or nest.
Pele – Volcano Goddess
Polynesian Pop – 1950s trend in American pop culture or perception of what Polynesian culture actually is.
Tidal Wave – A huge ocean current of strong waves caused by the Moon.
Tsunami – Underwater ocean earthquake resulting in tidal waves
Typhoon – Strong tropical storm also known as a cyclone