Savannah Sims, a resident of Houston, Texas, posted a TikTok video detailing her encounter on a Hawaii beach where she was confronted by an angry local woman who demanded she leave the beach because of her bikini.
“So I just had the worst experience in Hawaii on the big island,” she said in the video. “I lay down at this spot that's right off the road. And this family gets out of their car and sits down like kind of close to me. And the mom starts saying to her boyfriend, ‘No I can't have that. That's not OK with me.’”
It was at this point that she realized the woman was “looking at her.”
“So I ask if there's an issue, and she says she doesn't want to be seeing my butt and lady parts,” she continued, captioning the video: “I was lying on my back so she couldn't even see my butt.”
Savannah showed the bikini she had on at the time, saying, “To be clear, this is my bathing suit. Pretty fricking normal, right?”
According to Savannah, the woman kept on ranting, stating that she “didn't come [to the beach] to see her body,” and that Savannah needed to leave the beach because she was “in the way” of her “view.”
“I asked what the issue was, and what I needed to cover because she was with a kid so I was trying to be respectful,” Savannah added. “And she just said that she wanted me to leave. I was in the way of her view. So I got up and left, and she said ‘mahalo’ and it ruined my day.”
The video garnered over 992,000 views, with Savannah suggesting that the woman's attitude was not solely about her swimwear, but rather because she was a tourist.
“[I know] tourists can be a lot when you live in Hawaii, but keep in mind that the world isn't yours, it's to be shared,” she captioned the post.
In a follow up video, Savannah revealed that as she was leaving, the angry woman took of her skirt, revealing a “straight thong.”
“OK update, she is wearing a straight thong bikini. Which is totally fine, I wear those all the time,” Savannah said in the video. “But to call me out and then take off your skirt and be rocking a G-string... Either she's a hypocrite or it wasn't about what I was wearing.”
Her videos were quickly flooded with comments, with some users apologizing for the woman’s behavior.
One person wrote: “We [Hawaiian people] really just don't like tourist[s] but this is just wrong. As a local I am sorry because the local girls here do the exact same.”
A second person commented: “As a native islander from the Big Island... we do not claim her. That is not the Aloha spirit we are raised with.”
A third wrote: “My neighbor is from Hawaii and he says the locals are sick of the tourist[s]. Maybe she is a local and tired of tourist[s]. But they need to be nice.”
Another person wrote: “When I went to Hawaii I got a lot of dirty looks and people talking about me. My friend that lived there said they basically hate mainland people.”
However, some slammed Savannah for writing that Hawaiians need to “share” their world with tourists.
One comment read: “I'm from the Big Island of Hawai'i. That beach was my playground. I don't get the lady's issue. Sorry bout it. However you lost me [with] your caption.”
A second wrote: “The caption just shows why you need to leave and never go back. Hawaii has had to ‘share’ since the US forcibly took over in 1959. The ignorance.”
Sources: Daily Mail