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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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Maui
The Royal Lahaina Luau
2780 Kekaa Dr
Lahaina, HI 96761
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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.

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Oahu
VisitLaie.com
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Visit Laie (www.visitlaie.com) is a destination website, created by the town’s stakeholders and partners as a way for more visitors and families to learn about the wonderful activities and natural beauty that Laie has to offer.

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Hawaii
Sunset Luau
69-275 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Kamuela, HI 96743-9763
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The sound of a conch shell welcomes you to the Sunset Luau! A starlit Kona sky, an array of delectable Hawaiian dishes, and a journey through the islands of Polynesia in traditional music and dance create an unforgettable evening.

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Hawaii
Island Breeze Luau
75-5660 Palani Road
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Big Island's most popular luau at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Located on the historical grounds of Ahu Ena Heiau on Kamakahonu Bay. Includes the arrival of the Royal Court by canoe, an imu ceremony, a buffet dinner, open bar and a spectacular Polynesian review.

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