In Rogers’ and Hammersteins’ musical South Pacific, Bali Ha’i is a volcanic island within sight of the island on which most of the action takes place. The Navy troops think of Bali Ha’i as an exotic paradise, but it is off-limits except to officers. The matriarch of Bali Ha’i, Bloody Mary, does a lot of business with the troops, and she meets the young lieutenant right after he arrives. She sings her mysterious song “Bali Ha’i” to him to entice him into visiting her island so he will meet, and fall in love with, her young daughter.
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