Why we love Hawaiian vacations

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Hawaii beckons millions of us for so many reasons.

Yes, there are other exotic beaches around the world, but Hawaii calls us because of it’s unique.






What makes it unique and pulls you to come for a once in a live time trip, repeat visits, or unpack and never leave.






Here are Hawaii’s treasured experiences:

Hawaii’s culture

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.


The flower Lei

Today, the most enjoyable and unforgettable Hawaiian customer is the flower leu. 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.





Expert canoe builders and non-instrument navigators

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 language

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 Hula

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.






The music

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.







The Legends:

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.

Thanks for stopping by:

Aloha. Please share your comments about what Hawaii means to you.







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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at www.judykundert.com.You can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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