Cameron Crowe’s new Hawaii-set rom-com “Aloha” doesn’t open until this weekend, but it is already garnering criticisms for its depiction of Hawaii, with an Asian American watchdog group lambasting the film for the lack of Native Hawaiians in the cast. The film stars Bradley Cooper as a military contractor sent to Hawaii, where he becomes torn between two women — an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) and his ex (Rachel McAdams) — and meets a bunch of other white people on the way (Alec Baldwin, Danny McBride, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, etc). While we haven’t seen the film yet, it isn’t hard to believe the criticisms, given Hollywood’s widespread habit of co-opting Hawaii as as an “exotic” setting for white people to find and reinvent themselves.

An Asian American watchdog group called the film “an insult to the diverse culture and fabric of Hawaii”