Hawaiian Culture

Ohana Means Family

        When you visit Maui, you might be welcomed at your accommodations (perhaps with a lei) and told you are now part of their ‘ohana. What does that mean? What is the Hawaiian concept of ‘ohana? We are all part of an ‘ohana, and usually more than...

Introduction to Native Hawaiian Culture

  One of the most memorable aspects of a visit to Maui is the opportunity to experience the rich Hawaiian culture and history of the islands. You cannot visit the Hawaiian Islands without, in some way, being exposed to its deeply-rooted heritage, whether through food, dance, music, plants, language, legends,...

Guide to Local Hawaii Food

The cultural melting pot of the islands has cooked up a delicious and unique mix of Hawaii food choices. The original diet of the Native Hawaiians has been altered and augmented over the last 200 years by foods introduced by the arriving missionaries, whalers, and immigrant plantation laborers from China,...

What Is Hula?

Every spring, the people of the Hawaiian Islands celebrate and honor Hawaii's ancient dance form--hula--at the annual Merrie Monarch Hula Competition on the island of Hawai'i. The Merrie Monarch has been likened to the Superbowl of hula. Hula dancers and enthusiasts alike are glued to their televisions, and those in...

Local Hawaii Words and Phrases

The State of Hawaii has two official languages: Hawaiian and English. English is the primary everyday language that is spoken in the islands, but when you visit Maui you will undoubtedly hear Hawaiian words, phrases, and songs. You might overhear some local people conversing in the beautiful, flowing Hawaiian language. And you...

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