"All the people of these Islands make it more adored
than paradise in bloom" - My Hawaii (Felix Cavaliere/Eddie Brigati)
Beginning with their first visit to Hawaii in 1966,
The Rascals enjoyed a mutual love and respect for the people and places of
the islands that lingers today. Their performances at the H.I.C Arena in
Honolulu (1966-1969) broke attendance records. They would often bring their
families and make the trip a vacation spot as well. The "beauty and magic of
all the islands" inspired songs such as "Island Of Love", "A Beautiful
Morning" and of course "My Hawaii" which became somewhat of an anthem for
the fiftieth state. Friends like Tom Moffatt and the late DJ Bob "the beard"
Lowrie would trumpet their visits on K-poi radio. The airport would be
overflowing with fans and well wishers upon their arrival. Hawaii was
paradise to The Rascals. Here is a small tribute to the wonderful times
spent there by the boys and their families.