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Hawaiian Arts & Culture: The Expression of Aloha

The diverse culture of Hawaii is expressed in (among other things) language, music, art, theater, dance, film, cuisine and a multitude of festivals. At the core of each is the spirit of aloha, in the fluid arc of a hula dancer’s hands or in the soft rhythm of a slack-key guitar. The "Aloha Spirit" is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the self. Each person must think and emote good feelings to others. In the contemplation and presence of life force.

Video: The Culture of Hawaii

Celebrate what makes Hawaiian culture so unique, from its rhythmic beats of an ipu under the stirring sound of a mele, to the significance of kalo, historical sites and the long-honored hula tradition.

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Hula

Learn more about this vital art form that blends storytelling with rhythm and motion.

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Luau

This one-of-a-kind feast is a fun and delicious way to experience Hawaii.

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History

Learn more about the history of the Hawaiian Islands and discover interesting historical experiences.

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Traditions and Customs

Hawaii's traditions and customs are drawn from across many of the diverse cultures who've called the islands home.

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Heritage Sites

Visit Heritage Sites of Hawaii, which provide historical, cultural and environmental contributions to the understanding and enjoyment of Hawaii.

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Stories of the Hawaiian Islands

Puuloa’s Keeper

Puuloa, modern day Pearl Harbor, is the home of legendary sharks who protected local residents.

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The Race of the Goddesses

The island of Hawaii was shaped by an epic race between two deities, Pele and Poliahu.

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Haupu: Kauai’s Guardian

Legendary giants on the island of Kauai played a role in the island's breathtaking landscape.

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King Kamehameha I

Read more about the history of the great Hawaiian king who lead a conquest to unify the islands. 

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Read More About Where to Find Statues of Hawaii's Heroes

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Teruya Pavillion
Oahu
Hawaii Okinawa Center
94-587 Ukee St
Waipahu, HI 96797
Summary

The Hawaii Okinawa Center (HOC) is the “home” of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association. The Hawaii United Okinawa Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, perpetuate and preserve Okinawan culture. For more information, visit www.huoa.org.

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Fireknife Trio
Maui
Drums of the Pacific Luau
200 Nohea Kai Drive
Lahaina, HI 96761
Summary

Experience Polynesian culture at the Drums of the Pacific Luau located at the Hyatt Regency Maui. Enjoy song and dance from the islands of Polynesia, including an all-you-can-eat buffet with traditional island fare, authentic imu ceremony, and three-man Samoan fire-knife dance, all oceanside.

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The Store with Aloha
Hawaii
ABC Stores
766 Pohukaina Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Summary

Since 1949, with over 60 stores through out Hawaii, ABC Stores offer a wide selection of gifts & treasures, apparel, beach needs, fine wines & spirits, drugs, cosmetics, fresh deli and groceries all in one place. Mail order available.

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Royal Hawaiian Band
Oahu
Aloha Festivals
Summary

Aloha Festivals is a statewide non-profit, multi-cultural festival formed in 1946 and held each September. It features over 100 events: parades, street parties, cultural displays and more. Most events free with discounts offered to ribbon wearers.

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Kuhio Entrance
Oahu
International Market Place
International Market Place
2330 Kalakaua Avenue Management Office Suite 400
Honolulu, HI 96815
Summary

On the island of Oʻahu in the heart of Waikīkī, International Market Place is a retail and dining destination that attract residents and visitors alike. The revitalized International Market Place features shopping in an open air environment and a unique “Hawaiian Sense of Place”.

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Happy brother and sister
Maui
Open Eye Tours & Photos
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Enjoy your favorite day in Paradise with a one-of-a-kind Custom Private Guided Tour of Maui's highlights & best-kept secrets! See sights not in guide books, where buses can't go, & more popular areas, with or w/o walking. Hawaiian Culture, history, nature, food, music. Service with aloha since 1983!

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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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