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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

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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Lawai Stream in McBryde Garden
Kauai
McBryde Garden
4425 Lawai Rd
Koloa, HI 96756
Summary

McBryde Garden is a veritable Noah's ark for threatened and endangered plants of the tropics. Located in the verdant Lawa`i Valley. Self-guided tours available daily. Tram into garden. Other tours available.

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Oahu
Pacific Historic Parks
94-1187 Ka Uka Blvd.
Pearl Harbor Visitor Center- 1 Arizona Memorial Place, HNL, Hi 96818 Diamond Head Visitor Center- Diamond Head Crater
Waipahu, HI 96797
Summary

Pacific Historic Parks operates the official USS Arizona Memorial Tours ,Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Tours and the Arizona Memorial Museum Store. Our firm also operates the Diamond Head Visitor Center, its store and tours. Visit PacificHistoricParks.org or e-mail [email protected]

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Oahu
Aloha Trikke
131 Kaiulani Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Summary

Aloha Trikke is located in King’s Village Shopping Center in the heart of Waikiki on the beautiful island of Oahu. Our family-owned and operated shop provides an innovative way to enjoy the sights and aloha spirit of Oahu with the comfort and ease of an electric Trikke.

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Kenny G
Oahu
Blue Note Hawaii
2335 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Summary

Hawaii's premier venue for live music in the most intimate setting, 365 days a year, two shows nightly! Kenny G, Chaka Khan, and Maxi Priest have already graced the Blue Note stage. Enjoy local contemporary cuisine and cocktails from our full service bar and restaurant.

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Rainbows
Hawaii
Paniolo Adventures
Mile 13.2, Kohala Mountain Road (Highway 250)
Kohala, HI 96743
Summary

Daily "open range" rides over 11,000-acre working cattle ranch on historic Kohala Mountain. Lush pasture, native woods and spectacular views of the coastline and peaks. Marvel at the ancient Hawaiian ruins where King Kamehameha once trained his warriors.

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Cave no log
Maui
Hike Maui
Summary

Naturalist-led hikes with extraordinary guides renowned for their knowledge of Hawaiian botany, geology, culture, and history. Lush rainforests, stunning waterfalls, majestic Haleakala Crater, heavenly Hana, and more. Tours include transportation to the trailhead, lunch, equipment, and narration.

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Sunset Lanai
Oahu
Dave and Buster's
1030 Auahi Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Summary

"EAT DRINK PLAY!" The ultimate place for big "kids" to play! Enjoy quality food in big portions in an upscale, modern atmosphere with the latest interactive electronic amusements at The Million Dollar Midway, and panoramic ocean views from the Sunset Lanai.

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Splash Bar Seating
Oahu
Splash Bar
120 Kaiulani Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
Summary

Splash Bar is the perfect place to unwind. Sip tropical drinks poolside and enjoy nightly entertainment under the stars. Choose from an appetizer and entree menu for lunch and dinner. Last call for cocktails is at 11:15pm.

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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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