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Romance and Pineapple Whiskey in Hawaii During World War II | The Cut

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For young sailors who were shipped off to South Pacific ports during World War II, there was a waiting period known as “shore leave,” when they stopped in the Hawaiian islands (then an American possession) on their way to war. In local Hawaiian bars and on beaches, they drank pitchers of cheap beer and pineapple whiskey, rode motorcycles along the coastline, and occasionally fell in love.


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