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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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Oahu
Polynesian Cultural Center
55-370 Kamehameha Highway Suite 1010
Laie, HI 96762
Summary

Voted the #1 paid attraction in Hawaii, the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu's North Shore offers 6 Pacific Island villages and exhibits. Featuring Hawaii's most authentic luau, and our award-winning show, "Hā: Breath of Life.” Visit us for an unforgettable experience great for the whole family.

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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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Kahilu Theatre Exterior
Hawaii
Kahilu Theatre Foundation
67-1186 Lindsey Road
Kamuela, HI 96743
Summary

Kahilu Theatre Foundation raised its curtain in 1981 as a 490-seat Broadway Stage. Today, in addition to presenting a full season of world-class performances, we offer quality art exhibits from emerging and established visual artists and develop accessible performing arts programs for students of all ages.

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Ahaaina Luau
Oahu
Aha’aina Luau
2259 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
Summary

Waikiki’s only oceanfront dinner show is a culinary and sensory celebration, commemorating Hawaiian culture and transforming the traditional island experience in grand Royal Hawaiian style. The Royal Hawaiian’s ‘Aha‘aina is a lavish epicurean journey through time.

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Ultimate Circle tour
Oahu
Oahu Nature Tours
1649 Kalakaua Ave. #201
Honolulu, HI 96826
Summary

Join Oahu's original eco-tour company for a fun and educational hiking or sightseeing adventure. Spectacular scenery, excellent photographic opportunities, and information about the geology, archaeology, mythology and history of Hawaii await you on our half-day and full-day adventures.

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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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