It isn’t all hula girls, tikis, grrass shacks, and mai tais. It’s about a people that prior to foreign contact were a highly structured and refined society. It’s about how the Native Hawaiian culture was all but wiped out by the negative impacts of colonialism. The depopulating. The heisting of land and health. The educational, economic, and political powerlessness.
The purpose of Engineer is a Tourist - other than Engineer being the definition of a tourist - was primarily scenebuilding & locked bones to showcase models & repurposing models. There’s a lot of pineapples that were used for the costumes not as pineapples, but head & armpieces. The red chest clothwrap are three Hero’s Hachimakis/Master’s Yellow Belts.
Somebody on dA said they liked the designs from Pineapple Princess, which were made since last year. Pyro Kalama started off as some sort of tacky Tiki magical girl/home luau birthday party princess before I was like “wait, no”. So I gave Engie the tourist role while Kalama was made a local.
Tourist Engineer was initially going to play the ukulele while Kalama danced, but I really wanted to make Engie shake his hips like the stupid Hawaiian Holiday Donald Duck dance. The coconut bra was not part of the initial concept design but I said fuck it, he’s got that stupid pineapple hat and those plastic leis anyway.
I added Pyro Keahi with Kalama for balance between both Pyro worlds, then the ukulele was passed to a twin named Keao. I think they begrudgingly work in the tourism industry and know how to play the tourists right into their hand, hoping at some point using song & dance for the forces of cringe will reward them with riches (or enough to buy Kalama more wigs).