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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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Oahu
Atlantis Submarines
Beachfront Ticket Office
Hilton Hawaiian Village 2005 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
Summary

Atlantis Submarines offers a one-of-a-kind underwater experience off the shorelines of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island, giving guests a close-up view of an array of marine life, exotic tropical reefs and numerous sunken vessels.

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Kauai
Kipu Ranch Adventures
235 Kipu Road
Lihue, HI 96766
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Kipu Ranch Adventures, located on the lush island of Kauai, is proud to be one of the top eco-tours in Hawaii. We enable visitors and residents alike to discover the rich history, landscape and legends that make Kauai activities unique. Come out and join us for a tropical 4x4 off road adventure.

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Carthaginian
Maui
Atlantis Submarines Maui
658 Front Street, Suite 175
Lahaina, HI 96761
Summary

Atlantis Submarines offers a one-of-a-kind underwater experience off the shorelines of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island, giving guests a close-up view of an array of marine life, exotic tropical reefs and numerous sunken vessels. It's like swimming in a giant aquarium, but staying dry the whole time!

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Kozi 1
Hawaii
Kohala Zipline
55-515 Hawi Road
Hawi, HI 96719
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Kohala Zipline's Kohala Canopy Adventure features elevated suspension bridges, soaring tree platforms and thrilling ziplines. Whether you are a real zipline enthusiast or a first-time adventure seeker, the Kohala Canopy Adventure will be an unforgettable experience.

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It's no wonder Jurassic Park and Lost were filmed at Manoa Falls
Oahu
Nature and You
307 Lewers Street Suite 401
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Join And You Creations on our Nature and You tour! Experienced guides will lead you through the Manoa Valley Rainforest to a breathtaking 150-foot waterfall. Our tour includes transportation from Waikiki and a delicious and healthy lunch. The trail is suitable for all ages and experience levels.

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New Waikiki Sunset Cruise! 'Ocean and You'
Oahu
Ocean and You
307 Lewers Street
Suite 401
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Take in the glow of Diamond head at golden hour and the magic of the Honolulu city lights from an all-new luxury powerboat! Ocean and You is the premier Oahu experience for an intimate and upscale sunset dinner cruise.

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Try famous Kahuku Garlic Shrimp Lunch at Fumi's
Oahu
Island And You
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Island and You is the best way to experience the food, culture and sights of Oahu all in one day! This circle-island tour takes you to see Hawaii's most stunning natural and cultural landmarks, all while indulging in authentic and fresh Hawaiian food. Take a day to taste, see and feel it all!

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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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