„I‘ d like to see s`more of Samoa….“ is a little-known gem of the Hapa Haole/Comedy Hula genre and was probably written around 1940, when a movie of the same title featuring the popular comedians the three stooges premiered.
The unnamed composer may have had a vision of a moonlit tropical shore in is dreams to inspire him, but he certainly had a sense of humor as well.
While citing all the classic cliches of Hapa Haole songs like little grass shacks and blackhaired beauties, he pokes fun at this seemingly unintelligible exotic language „whick that whack“ and employs some amusing wordplay „with the Humu and Nuku and maybe the Apua`a too“.
The clever lyrics reach their final punchline with „….and I’d go there tomorrow, if only I knew just where it was.“, revealing the naive ignorance of early 20th century South Seas enthusiasts.
The ironic undertone was perfectly transferred into choreography by the late Uncle George Holokai, employing sliding side steps so indicative of Samoan dance at distinctive parts of the song.