Category Archives: Culture & History

The Hawaiian Hula Dance: 10 facts you may not already know

A trip to Hawaii is incomplete without enjoying at least one Hawaiian hula performance. The hula dance is one of Hawaii’s oldest traditions and is often accompanied by either Hawaiian music (mele) or a traditional Hawaiian chant. While the Hawaiian hula dance has become a popular source of entertainment for visitors to Hawaii, its role in Hawaiian culture is to ... Read More »

A Hawaiian lei represents more than meets the eye

May 1st is Lei Day in Hawaii. It’s a day to celebrate Hawaiian culture through the lei. A few years ago, Andy and I were on Kauai for Lei Day. We were able to observe the colorful and fragrant Lei Day festivities held at Waiohai Beach Club. (See our post with video from this Lei Day celebration.) A Hawaiian culture expert by the ... Read More »

Hawaiian words to know for your Hawaii vacation

Though English is the primary language of Hawaii, the centuries-old Hawaiian language is still actively used. While you won’t need to learn Hawaiian for your vacation, I want to share some useful Hawaiian words and phrases to know for your trip. Aloha means hello, goodbye and love. You will generally hear it used as a greeting. Mahalo means thank you. ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Maui Mana

Mahalo nui loa to Mike Nuebauer of Mike Neubauer Fine Art Photography for sharing today’s Aloha Friday Photo with us. Mike titled this photo “Mana”. I’m somewhat familiar with the word mana, but to be on the safe side, I found this description of mana from Wikipedia to share: In Hawaiian culture, Mana is a form of a spiritual energy ... Read More »

Ukulele beginners’ guide for new ukulele owners

If you’re a fan of Hawaiian music, there’s a good chance that Santa delivered a brand new ukulele this past Christmas, or perhaps you bought a ukulele yourself on a recent trip to Hawaii. Either way, you might find the following resources useful as your start learning to play the ukulele. I know they helped me! First up, you might ... Read More »

Infographic: Hawaii Fashion

Via Infographic Journal, we came across this interesting infographic describing the evolution of Hawaii clothing and fashion. View full image Hawaiian Apparel Infographic Do you have  Hawaii-influenced clothing in your wardrobe? Read More »

Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas

Christmastime gives us a great opportunity to practice a little Hawaiian pronunciation. Though Hawaii’s way of saying Merry Christmas does not literally translate as such, it’s fun to say Mele Kalikimaka. We created the above image with text to help be a guide for how to spell and pronounce Mele Kalikimaka. Feel free to share this post on Pinterest, Facebook, ... Read More »

Beautiful Leis from Kona Coffee Festival

With today being Lei Day in Hawaii, I thought it would be a great excuse to write about some outstanding leis we saw at the Kona Coffee Festival on Hawaii’s Big Island. As you will see each of these leis are gorgeous, but what makes them even more special is that they incorporate  some aspect of a Kona coffee plant ... Read More »

Do you recommend going to a luau on your Hawaii vacation?

Readers often ask for my thoughts about luaus. Are they worth the time, money and effort? Are they touristy? Are luaus authentic? Those are all great questions, but there’s probably not a one-size-fits-all answer. What’s worth it to me might not be worth it to you. In my opinion, I think going to a luau is definitely worth planning into ... Read More »

Ukulele Buying Guide: Where to Buy a Ukulele on Oahu

When you travel to Hawaii–Oahu in particular–you run the risk of being bitten by a rather contagious bug. No, not a bed bug. The bug I refer to is more of a “jumping flea.” You may know it better as a ukulele. Whether grabbing cocktails in Waikiki or catching a luau in Honolulu, your trip to Hawaii is practically guaranteed ... Read More »

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