Aloha Hawaiian Barbie! She’s the most recent addition to my collection and I’m excited to tell you about her. In 1975, the first edition of Hawaiian Barbie #7470 was released. I discovered there are several versions of this doll so I’ve broken it down for you – it’s a bit confusing! The only Hawaiian friend produced for Barbie in the 70s was 1978 Hawaiian Ken #2960. Here’s more info on Hawaiian Ken: manbehindthedoll.com. In the 90s, a few more Hawaiian dolls were added including Skipper, Midge, Christie and Teresa. Their names were just Hawaii (insert name) vs Hawaiian.
1975 Hawaiian Barbie was the first “exotic” version of Barbie. She was a department store special using the Steffie face sculpt. She has side-parted, long, straight, black rooted hair. Her eyes are brown and her eyebrows are pencil thin. When I was in 9th grade in the late 70s, my mom tweezed my thick Brooke Shields eyebrows to Twiggy thin. It was “in” then but what were we thinking?!
1975 Hawaiian Barbie wears a beautiful outfit, a colorful abstract floral print on a white bikini with a matching long print skirt that ties around the waist. She also comes with a natural grass skirt with an elastic waist, a plastic colorful red/yellow/purple/white plastic lei (another version was just green, thinner and longer), a pink fabric hair flower on the left side of her head, a tan plastic ukulele and a white surfboard with a red sail. I’ve seen this referred to as a sun-sailer and a wind sail but the back of my 1975 box calls it a surfboard with detachable sail. The front of the box has a big sticker that says, “SPECIAL! Unique costume and accessories!”
The second edition Hawaiian Barbie was released in 1976. She was produced in a few new, but similar, outfits. In addition to the white bikini print, she now also came in blue and black prints. As a side note, there were two fashions produced in 1964, “Barbie in Hawaii” and “Ken in Hawaii.”
In 1978, Hawaiian SuperStar Barbie #2289 was brought to the market. She’s distinguishable by her SuperStar face sculpt and SuperStar body with bent elbows. There are other differences too. Her hair wasn’t stick straight anymore, it is a bit wavy and thicker. The lei is now made from fabric instead of plastic. It’s green and has 3 pink flowers. Some 1978 Hawaiian Barbie dolls came with a green plastic lei instead. Her eye shadow is the popular 70s sky blue. Her sail color changed from red to a yellowish orange. The floral tricot fashion has a somewhat larger print than the 1975 doll and it’s mainly orange whereas the previous was white. There are slightly different variations of this orange fashion on the Hawaiian SuperStar dolls. Her grass skirt is now made with green plastic. I don’t think she came with the ukulele.
The 1982 – 83 Hawaiian Barbie is another version and drops “SuperStar” from her name. Her bikini and wrap skirt are now a maroon and green floral print and she has a cloth flower garland in her hair. Her face mold is back to Steffie’s – yay! And she got her ukulele back.
In 1990, Jazzie Hawaiian Fun Barbie #9294 was introduced. She didn't look like the other Hawaiian dolls. She’s blond in a bikini with a neon green top and no skirt.
There’s a 1994 – 95 Polynesian Barbie from the Passport Dolls of the World series #12700. She’s in a red print bikini top and bottom and a grass skirt. She has an orange and yellow lei around her waist and a white one around her neck. She has an orange flower in her hair, too. Another Polynesian Barbie was added to this line in 2012. She wears a floral lei, colorful bikini and traditional raffia "grass" hula skirt. She also comes with a passport, country stickers, sea turtle friend and a brush.
In 2005, Mattel added a Princess of the Pacific Islands (Pink Label) Barbie to their Dolls of the World line. The Barbie Princess of the Pacific Islands has draped the muu muu, traditional island attire over her shoulders. This doll is decorated with lei of "plumeria," a sweet-scented flower that inhabits the Hawaiian Islands.
I have images of all of these Barbies in my Pinterest slide show here: pinterest.com/pin/553379872972821464. I had to scour the Internet and my reference books for information on Hawaiian Barbie over the years, so if you have anything to add – please let me know and I’ll update this post. Thanks dolls!
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