"Hunkahunka" is the thirty-third episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series. It aired on January 11, 2004.


It is Valentine's Day, and Lilo uses an experiment that causes people to fall in artificial love in order to make Keoni fall in love with her. However, when Lilo accidentally lets Hunkahunka loose, the experiment causes more trouble by making everyone fall in love, and Lilo soon feels bad about forcing Keoni to like her. Now, Stitch must catch Hunkahunka before Gantu does.

Experiment mentioned


  • Moral: True love is when someone loves you for who you are.
  • Hunkahunka is named after a lyric in the Elvis Presley song "Burning Love" from the original movie. Lilo refers to him as a "Hunkahunka bird of love".
  • We learn that Hunkahunka's effects can cause people to love someone of the same gender, although this portrayal of homosexuality would be somewhat offensive to LGBT viewers.
    • Ironically, David Ogden Stiers (the voice of Jumba) is gay himself.
  • It is revealed that Stitch occasionally hacks into Jumba's computer without his permission to surf the intergalactic web, resulting in the computer contracting a deadly virus.
  • According to Lilo, who found out from Jumba, Hunkahunka is naturally drawn to large crowds of people.
  • Keoni is the only character to have a real crush on someone (albeit unaware that Pleakley is a male) while not under Hunkahunka's effects, although Keoni revealed in "Nosy" that his crush only lasted for that one week.
  • This is one of four episodes where both Gantu and Hämsterviel appear but not Reuben, the other three being "Clip", "Amnesio", and "Shush".
  • In his debut, Hunkahunka had dark purple feathers. However, in the show's intro, the episode "Snafu", and his later appearances, he had dark pink and maroon feathers on his body.
  • In spring 2004, Disney Channel held an online poll that asked viewers for their favorite experiments and episodes from Season 1 of the series. According to the top 10 results of that poll, "Hunkahunka" was the #8 most popular episode and experiment.[1]


  1. Lilo & Stitch: The Series Trivia on IMDb
Lilo & Stitch: The Series Episodes
Season 1
Richter | Phantasmo | Clip | Mr. Stenchy | Spooky | Holio | Cannonball | Yapper | Yin-Yang | Kixx | Splodyhead | Amnesio | Swirly | Fibber | Tank | Sprout | Elastico | Yaarp | 627 | The Asteroid | Topper | Melty | Houdini | Sinker | Nosy | Finder | Slushy | Dupe | Shortstuff | Angel | Felix | Poxy | Hunkahunka | Sample | Babyfier | Bonnie & Clyde | Slugger | Bad Stitch | Drowsy
Season 2
Spike | Frenchfry | Swapper | Shoe | Slick | Skip | Checkers | PJ | Ploot | Snooty | Retro | Belle | Morpholomew | Spats | Heckler | Wishy-Washy | Phoon | Bugby | Rufus | Shush | Lax | Remmy | Mrs. Hasagawa's Cats/Ace | Glitch/Woops | Snafu | Link

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