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Hawaiian Arts & Culture: The Expression of Aloha

The oldest of Hawaiian chants describe the Hawaiian Islands, the spirits that inhabit them, the forces of nature that shaped them and all the living things upon them as inextricably connected. This sense of connection is the foundation of Hawaiian culture: understanding that we all have a mandate to malama, to care for our environment and for one another.

Today, Hawaiian culture may hold many of the answers sought in a rapidly changing world. The spirit of aloha – being in the presence of and sharing the essence of life – teaches us lessons of peace, kindness, compassion and responsibility to future generations. These lessons are expressed through chant, music, hula, arts and cultural practices, and through the warm, genuine greetings that are a hallmark of Hawaiian hospitality.

 

Stories of the Hawaiian Islands

Ea Mai Hawaiinuiakea

Chants chronicle the people, places and events that make Hawaii, Hawaii. Ea Mai Hawaiinuiakea is a genealogy chant that speaks of the birth of the islands and the descendents of Haloa, the first Hawaiian.

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Puuloa’s Keeper

Environmental stewardship practiced by Hawaiians led to a reciprocal, beneficial relationship with forces of nature – like legendary sharks who protected the people of Puuloa, also known as Pearl Harbor.

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The Race of the Goddesses

The extremes of nature in Hawaii are often understood as the forces of gods and goddesses. In the case of the island of Hawaii, volcanic fire is the domain of Pele, and the snow upon the island’s summits the domain of Poliahu.

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Hawaiian Language

Olelo Hawaii, the Hawaiian language, is the key to unlocking systems of knowledge and understanding unique to Hawaii. You can be part of its revival.

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Heritage Sites

Hawaii’s heritage sites help us understand the historical, cultural and environmental forces that shaped society on these islands.

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History

Since the first voyagers arrived in these islands 1,500 years ago, Hawaii has been home to luminaries, pioneers and movements that have made waves far beyond these shores.

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Hula

Much more than a dance, more than storytelling, hula is a practice through which Hawaiians connect with natural foundations and ancestral wisdom.

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Luau

With good company, delicious food and lively entertainment, the modern-day luau is a one-of-a-kind experience that celebrates Hawaii.

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Traditions and Customs

The traditions and customs of Hawaii have roots in native traditions, and influences from the many cultures who came from afar to call Hawaii home.

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Hawaiian Film

Hawaii’s status as an unparalleled destination with fascinating cultures and natural beauty beyond compare hasn’t been missed by the TV and film industries. Since the early days of cinema in the early 1900s, over 100 feature films have been shot in Hawaii.

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Skyline Hawaii
Maui
Skyline Hawaii
12 Kiopaa St.
Makawao, HI 96768
Summary

From sunrise to sunset, Haleakala National Park, and the surrounding upcountry Maui area offer memories for a lifetime. Make the most of your trip to Haleakala National Park on a guided tour with Skyline Hawaii. Let us do the navigating while you enjoy the views and learn about the environment and cultural significance of Haleakala.

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Ultimate Circle tour
Oahu
Oahu Nature Tours
1649 Kalakaua Ave. #201
Honolulu, HI 96826
Summary

Join Oahu's original eco-tour company for fun and educational hiking or sightseeing adventure tours. Spectacular scenery, temples, beaches and waterfalls, provide excellent photographic opportunities. Information about the geology, archaeology, mythology and history of Hawaii await you on our tours.

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LeiGreetingcom
Oahu
LeiGreeting.com
3375 Koapaka Street
Suite F245
Honolulu, HI 96819
Summary

Start your vacation with Aloha! Arrange an airport lei greeting for your arrival in Honolulu, Maui, Kauai, or Hawaii Island. An airport lei greeting is the perfect beginning to your vacation, and it’s just a click away at LeiGreeting.com.

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PCC1
Oahu
Polynesian Cultural Center
55-370 Kamehameha Highway Suite 1010
Laie, HI 96762
Summary

Voted the #1 paid attraction in Hawaii, the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu's North Shore offers 6 Pacific Island villages and exhibits. Featuring Hawaii's most authentic luau, and our award-winning show, "Hā: Breath of Life.” Visit us for an unforgettable experience great for the whole family.

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Oahu
VisitLaie.com
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Visit Laie (www.visitlaie.com) is a destination website, created by the town’s stakeholders and partners as a way for more visitors and families to learn about the wonderful activities and natural beauty that Laie has to offer.

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Experience the Hawaiian Islands

From adventures and sightseeing to golf and relaxation, there are lots of ways to experience the Hawaiian Islands. Find more activities and experiences. 

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