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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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Maui Ocean Center
Maui
Maui Ocean Center
192 Maalaea Rd
Wailuku, HI 96793
Summary

Immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of Hawaii’s marine life at Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii. Encounter schooling reef fish, sharks, stingrays, turtles, and experience the world's first virtual encounter with Hawaii's humpback whales in the Humpbacks of Hawaii Exhibit & 3D Sphere.

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Skyline Hawaii
Maui
Skyline Hawaii
12 Kiopaa St.
Makawao, HI 96768
Summary

From sunrise to sunset, Haleakala National Park, and the surrounding upcountry Maui area offer memories for a lifetime. Make the most of your trip to Haleakala National Park on a guided tour with Skyline Hawaii. Let us do the navigating while you enjoy the views and learn about the environment and cultural significance of Haleakala.

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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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Blushing Bride
Multi-Island
White Orchid Wedding
1961 East Vineyard Street
Wailuku, HI 96793
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Elegant Wedding Celebrations, simple to extravagent. Specializing in private waterfall locations, oceanfront estates, beach houses, historic sites, luxury resorts and unique wedding locations. Receptions, luaus, and catering are also available.

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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.

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Maui Wedding Packages
Maui
Simple Maui Wedding
1787 Wili Pa Loop #3A
Wailuku, HI 96793
Summary

Simple Maui Wedding provides Maui wedding packages focused on the highest quality wedding professionals on Maui. Our floral is artfully hand crafted, our ministers perform heart felt ceremonies and our renowned photographers capture the feelings and beauty of the day exquisitely.

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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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