The virtues of Hawaiian Eye -- the album -- are many. First, you have musical direction by Warren Barker, the Warner Bros. Orchestra guru with a penchant for exotica. Production is by Alvino Rey, the great steel guitar pioneer, bandleader, and guitarist for Esquivel. Connie Stevens (as "Cricket" in the show) sings "Let's Do It." Robert Conrad (as Tom Lopaka) sings "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me." And Poncie Ponce (as Kim) sings "When My Dream Boat Comes Home." These and the other tracks range from OK to great and are mostly in an exotic "cocktail" or torch vein. The vocal title theme will appeal to collectors of "crime jazz," as well as fans of Hawaiian music. Finally, the jacket art features a brilliant color photo of the principal cast gathered poolside with a giant prop tiki statue in the foreground. Hawaiian Eye is colorful, delightful (if somewhat kitschy), and above all, fun.
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AllMusic Review by Tony Wilds