Hawaii April foolery

Hawaii April foolery

On April 1, 1936, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin printed an intriguing news story, “Remains of Viking Longship Found in Waimanalo Quarry.” Only at the end did the article reveal, “Dr. Gellisson, in great glee, telephoned The Star-Bulletin this afternoon to announce that he had just deciphered the name on the bow of the longship. Its equivalent in English is APRIL FOOL.”

On April 1, 2014, GoVisitHawaii.com announced a new fruit found only in Hawaii: the papineapple, a cross between a papaya and a pineapple. “Two honeymoon guests ordered a tropical fruit basket to enjoy during their weeklong honeymoon stay. Of course, the basket included Hawaii-grown pineapple and papaya. After the guest checked out, housekeeping discovered that some pineapples and papayas had, well, had their own honeymoon per se,” the post explained.


Created almost eighty years apart, those are two of my favorite bits of Hawaii April foolery.

I’m not much of a prankster, but I do enjoy clever – and harmless – jokes on April Fool’s Day. Nothing mean or panic-inducing, just a little something to make people smile. The harmless prank my son remembers, years later, is how I put socks in his shoes one morning to make him think he had grown bigger.

Here’s my favorite April Fool’s Day joke, pulled-off with the help of my co-conspirator son:

Inspired by Family Fun’s “Doughnut Seeds” envelopes filled with mini doughnuts (it was really Frosted Cheerios) – I made a Hawaii version with “SPAM Seeds.” My son drew a picture of a “SPAM tree” covered in pink rectangles, and I filled a small envelope with a SPAM seeds (it was really individually-wrapped Mango Candy from Aloha Gourmet). We gave these “SPAM Seeds” envelopes to his class and shared them with family.

Are you planning to fool someone on April Fool’s Day? What’s the best trick that was ever played on you?

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