By Stacey Leasca
July 23, 2019
Courtesy of @aanthonyy07

Social media certainly has a way of making us feel bad about our vacations — or lack thereof. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram seem to be just one long stream of other people taking the vacation of your dreams, doesn’t it?

But, rather than wallow in the fact that he couldn’t take a trip to Hawaii like everyone else Twitter user @aanthonyy07 did something about it. He created an entire “trip” to Hawaii with a little help from a green screen.

“I can’t afford a trip to Hawaii so I created one,” @aanthonyy07 wrote in his tweet followed by one epic video you have to see to believe.

In the video, which is scored by the song “Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride” from the 2002 movie "Lilo and Stitch," @aanthonyy07 goes on what would be one seriously awesome Hawaiian getaway. Things start off in the airport, then in his plane, and finally landing in the island paradise.

From there, he goes from rolling on the beach to surfing with Lilo and Stitch, to drinking at his poolside bar, touching lava at one of Hawaii’s famed volcanoes, to finally watching the sun go down over the water.

Clearly, the video and its broke vacation message resonated with people. By Monday morning the tweet had more than 695,000 likes, 199,000 retweets, and the video had been viewed more than 7.5 million times.

“Boy that hula dance I’m all in,” one user replied.

“I’m literally watching this on repeat and I cannot stop,” another added.

Some users also took the time to educate @aanthonyy07 and his new fanbase on the issues of over-tourism on the islands, its impact to the state, as well as the current protests by Native Hawaiians on the Big Island who are hoping to stop the building of a telescope on top of the sacred mountain of Mauna Kea.

“Hey all, I know a tropical vacation sounds great to everyone. Currently, native Hawaiians are trying to save Mauna Kea from being desecrated,” one user wrote. 

This may make it all the more important for @aanthonyy07 and everyone to have a sustainably-focused island vacation if and when they finally get to go.

For @aanthonyy07 that day will come sooner rather than later. After his tweet gained a little traction Kayak stepped in to help by offering to pay for his flight to Hawaii.

Because everyone’s dreams really do deserve to come true.

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