Culture

Scroll to Continue

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.

Explore Hawaiian Culture and History

Hula

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

More

Luau

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

More

History

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

More

Traditions and Customs

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

More

Heritage Sites

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

More

Stories of the Hawaiian Islands

Puuloa’s Keeper

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

More

The Race of the Goddesses

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

More

Haupu: Kauai’s Guardian

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

More

King Kamehameha I

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

More

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

Read More

Explore Hawaiian Culture and History

Filter Results
showing 1 - 7 of 7
Cliff HOUSE
Maui
Cliff House
1 Bay Drive
Lahaina, HI 96761
Summary

Originally built in 1940, Kapalua’s Cliff House was once a facility for the managers of the historic Honolua Plantation. Now operated by Montage Kapalua Bay, Cliff House has been completely renovated and is now used as a historic and unparalleled venue for private events on Maui.

Websites
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.

Websites
Happy brother and sister
Maui
Open Eye Tours & Photos
Summary

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!

Websites
Legends of Kaanapali Luau - Legends of Kaanapali Luau
Maui
Legends of Kaanapali Luau
2525 Kaanapali Pkwy
Lahaina, HI 96761
Summary

Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel extends their ho‘okipa by presenting The Legends of Kā‘anapali Lū‘au every Monday night in the heart of the hotel‘s Tiki Courtyard. You’ll be greeted with warm smiles by the friendly staff of the hotel, leading you to a scrumptious feast prepared by island-born chefs.

Websites
Maui
The Royal Lahaina Luau
2780 Kekaa Dr
Lahaina, HI 96761
Summary

As the sun sets across famed Kaanapali Beach, beating drums and the call of a conch shell signal the start of Maui's most exciting and longest running Polynesian luau. Enjoy a stunning celebration of music and dance that culminates with an amazing fire knife finale sure to dazzle the entire family.

Websites

Get a Free State of Hawaii Travel Planner Guide

Order Your Guide

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. 

More