Hawaii beckons millions of us for so many reasons. Yes, there are other exotic beaches around the world, but Hawaii calls us because it’s unique. What makes it special and pulls us to come for a once in a lifetime trip, repeat visits, or unpack and never leave?
Here are Hawaii’s treasured experiences:
Hawaii is a tropical paradise with untouched beaches, spectacular sunsets, stupendous waterfalls, and reefs brimming with colorful fish. But that’s not what sets Hawaii apart from all the lush tropical islands around the world. It’s their native culture. It’s the culture that overflows with enchanting music, legends, traditions, and values. When you visit any of the Hawaiian Islands and you feel immersed in its culture that’s entwined in the air, the ground, and the sky over the islands.
Today, the most enjoyable and unforgettable Hawaiian custom is the flower lei. It’s customary to offer the lei with a kiss. It’s considered rude to remove a lei in front of the person who gave it to you. So it’s a custom to remove the lei in private.
Early Hawaiians have a history of being expert canoe builders. Building a canoe’s tradition requires that forest gods receive a prayer and food while the tree is cut and when it is removed the forest. Additionally, with their reliance on nature, the early Hawaiians gained their experience as master non-instrument navigators. Using the sun, the moon, stars, and waves, they journeyed the Pacific. Along the way, the Hawaiians occupied many small Polynesian islands and gained an intimate knowledge of the location and types of celestial bodies.
The Hawaiian language consists of only five vowels and eight consonants, which helps make it the shortest alphabet in the world. This makes it simple to learn the basic words. For instance, Aloha means hello, goodbye, and it also means sympathy, kindness, compassion, affection, and fondness.
The image of Hawaii hula with the swaying hips, graceful hands, and colorful customs is a dance for fun, expression, and enjoyment. Today, the hula has two major forms, the ancient, or hula kahiko and the modern, or hula auana.
Hawaiian music, a popular part of the culture, continues to evolve from its beginnings of simple drumbeats and chants to the music of today with many artists and genres.
Hawaiian legends are a predominate element to its culture heritage. Ancient Hawaiians were great storytellers. Hawaiians used legends to document history, knowledge, facts, and belief from generation to generation.
Where to find the Hawaiian culture experience:
On the Island of Hawaii, often called the “Big Island,” there’s nature’s power on every part of this island from the molten magma flowing from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the snow-capped heights of Manunakea; from the green rainforests of the Hamakua Coast to the jet-black sands of Punaluu Beach Hawaii Island.
A guide to the path less traveled. You’ll find places dedicated to preserving Hawaii’s unique natural environment and cultural heritage.
Providing privately guided tours on Maui to places seldom seen, with or without walking. They offer an educational/environmental focus with an emphasis on culture, nature, and history.
Specializing in small, personally guided excursions to see Hawaii’s unique native bird and plant species. Spectacular views, excellent photographic opportunities, and information about Oahu’s geology, archaeology, mythology, and history await you.
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