Local traditions and culture in Hawaii (Big Island)

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    Grafetti Tells All...

    by KiKitC Written Oct 2, 2005

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    We all know that messages people write in grafetti usually are things close to their hearts and on their minds. At the Boiling Pots, we came across a piece of grafetti that holds a strong message all should hear...

    Writing's on the Walk...
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    Grafetti Rocks

    by KiKitC Written Oct 2, 2005

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    As you drive past the miles of black lava fields that stretch further than the imagination, little white rocks pepper the darkness. These rocks, bone white in color, gathered miles away, brought to this barren location and strategically placed into position to tell the innermost desires of thier creators. Who loves who, who was here, who is no longer here...it's all recorded in this local form of "grafetti."

    It is considered rude and bad luck to disturb these messages.

    Lava Grafetti
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    Buy a hat...or a bracelet....but stop and talk!

    by Homanded Written Sep 27, 2005

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    Some of the best time in Hawaii was spent meeting the local people.
    Besides selling their wares (and it's much cheaper and finer quality we found than buying in a store), if you happen across a fellow, such as the one pictured here, or a gal selling leis or beads, chances are they're bored and willing to talk and tell stories.

    We got excellent "Inside Tips" to local restaurants this way, as well as secluded beaches that other tourists did not Know about.
    We also learned alot about customs and folklore. People in Hawaii are extremely friendly people. Take the time to meet some!

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    Hawaiian Orchid Farm - The tradition ...

    by Jerelis Written Sep 7, 2005

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    When giving a lei in Hawaii it is tradition to accompany the gift with a kiss on the cheek.

    The wearer will be the center of attention and it is said that you will exprience good luck by passing your lei on to someone else.

    A Hawaiian leis
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    Hawaiian Orchid Farm - Traditional Hawaiian aloha.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 7, 2005

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    Kaleialoha's Dendrobium orchid leis are exquesitely hand strung and add a traditional Hawaiian aloha to any celebration.

    They can be in a single color, such as white or purple, a mix of pruple, white and lavender or one of the art shades either alone or in combination with the standard colors. Dendrobium leis look delicate but they are surprisingly strong.

    Relinde is admiring the orchids.
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    Hawaiian Orchid Farm - Exotic Hawaiian flowers!

    by Jerelis Written Sep 7, 2005

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    Orchids take a long time to grow, up to 5 years for cattleyas, from seed to blooming size, but they're worth waiting for as being the most beautiful flower in the world. Since the ideal climate on the Orchid Island, Anthuriums and other exotic Hawaiian tropical flowers are all hand selected from the farm and will give a memorable touch of Hawaii.

    Kaleialoha's Dendrobium orchid leis are exquesitely hand strung and add a traditional Hawaiian aloha to any celebration.

    The beautiful garden of the orchid farm.
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    Hawaiian Orchid Farm - Nickname is Orchid Island.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 7, 2005

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    A nickname for the Big Island of Hawaii is Orchid Island. Therefore we decided to visit an orchid farm. We visited a farm located in Puna, the heartbeat of the Big Island where exotic and vibrant tropical flowers enrich the lives of the Ohona (family) from the mountain to the sea.

    Orchids take a long time to grow, up to 5 years for cattleyas, from seed to blooming size, but they're worth waiting for as being the most beautiful flower in the world.

    Jeroen and Relinde at the orchid farm.
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    Hawaiian Luau - Demonstration of bravery and skill

    by Jerelis Written Aug 29, 2005

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    The highlight of the evening was the spectacular Drums Of Polynesian Revue. From the Fijian and Maori dances of war to the gracefulness of the Hawaiian Hula dancer's hands.

    This fabulous group of Polynesians brought us a fun filled evening we won't soon forget. The daring Samoan fire knife dancer highlighted the evening with an astonishing demonstration of bravery and skill.

    A spectacular Samoan fire knife dancer.
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    Hawaiian Luau - We didn't like all the food!

    by Jerelis Written Aug 29, 2005

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    The pig, sweet potatoes and laulau are placed in the imu and covered with more banana leaves and ti leaves. Usually several wet burlaps bags top this to add steam and keep the heat in. A tarp of some kind is then placed over the whole affair and then the pit is covered with sand. After 6 to 8 hours of this steam-cooking, the kalua pig is ready.

    Other food which are usaully found at a luau are poi, chicken long rice, lomi salmon, houpia or coconut custard, sweet potato, salad, fish, rice and lots of specialty items. We had an open bar where we could find delicious Mai Tais as well as other tasty (non alcoholic) drinks. We were adventuresome and tried all the unusual food which was served. Some we liked and other we definately didn't like...

    Be welcome!
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    Hawaiian Luau - Cooking the "imu".

    by Jerelis Written Aug 29, 2005

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    Preparations for cooking in the "imu" are begun in the early morning of the day of the luau. A large pit is dug in the sand. Kiawe logs are placed in the bottom of the pit and topped with river rocks. A fire is started and a couple of hours the hot coals and hot rocks are ready for the next step.

    The rocks are evened out on the bottom of the pit and moist banana stalks are placed on top followed by a bed of banana leaves to put the pig on. The pig, sweet potatoes and laulau are placed in the imu and covered with more banana leaves and ti leaves. Usually several wet burlaps bags top this to add steam and keep the heat in. A tarp of some kind is then placed over the whole affair and then the pit is covered with sand. After 6 to 8 hours of this steam-cooking, the kalua pig is ready.

    Preperations for cooking the pig in the
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    Hawaiian Luau - How the luau was born.

    by Jerelis Written Aug 29, 2005

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    In ancient Hawaii men and women ate their meals apart. Commoners and women of all ranks were also forbidden by ancient Hawaiian religion to eat certain delicacies. This all changed in 1819 when King Kamehameha II abolished the traditional religious practices.

    A feast where the King ate with women was the symbolic act which ended the Hawaiian religious tabus and the luau was born. The favorite dish at these feasts is what gave the luau its name. Young and tender leaves of the taro plant were combined with chicken, baked in coconut milk and called luau.

    Gracefulness Hawaiian Hula dancers.
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    Roadside Buddhist Shrines

    by yooperprof Written Aug 23, 2005

    There are close to 100,000 practicing Buddhists in the Hawaiian islands, most the descendents of Japanese and Chinese immigrants. Driving along, you'll occasionally see a roadside shrine made up of devotional jars and bottles which I'm told are full of saki, to please the gods. The stones are also sacred. This shrine is close to the Polulu Valley outlook, at the end of SR 270.

    pilgrimage site
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    Weddings 'R Us

    by yooperprof Updated Aug 8, 2005

    As "the destination weddings" have become increasingly popular, the Big Island of Hawaii is turning into "wedding central". That's what brought me here: my Chicago friends Jane and Gerard decided to celebrate their nuptials here. They were married at the Fairmont Orchid Resort, and had one of those "beach at sunset" weddings. With the glorious Pacific sun as a backdrop, and the palm trees of the resort in the foreground, they had the kind of oceanic splendour that you'll never find in an ordinary Illinois wedding. Here they are with other members of the wedding party at the rehearsal the day before.

    (That's the bride, Jane, in the orange sarong; Gerard, a real fashionista, has the green and white long-sleeved shirt.)

    I do, I do
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    Spam

    by yooperprof Updated Aug 7, 2005

    The delectable canned meat product is a local favorite. In fact, Hawaii boasts the highest spam consumption per capita of any American state! (I bet you didn't know that.)

    According to my "Lonely Planet" guidebook, It used to be the various arrangements of spam (i.e. fried spam, spam and eggs, spam casserole) was a staple on virtually every Hawaiian menu. Sadly, I only saw it once on a menu when I was on the island, and foolishly, I did not order it when I had the chance. But I pleased to see that the Bamboo Inn in Hawi has a small shrine to Hormel's finest product.

    spam,spam, rice, and spam
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    Kilauea's Fire Goddess...Madame Pele

    by keida84 Written Feb 4, 2005

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    I want to tell you a story about Madame Pele. She is the Goddess of fire who makes her home in the Kilauea Crater. When angry she vents it by spitting fire and lava, thus creating the Hawaiian Islands. Wow, thats one peeved chick! She is able to take human form and usually appears before an eruption as either a beautiful young woman or as an old hag with a white dog. She is usually seen at night up on Saddle road trying to hitchhike. Be kind and polite because she expects to be treated well. You can usually appease the firey Pele with bottles of gin (she use to like ohelo berries) but her tastes have definitely changed!

    Madame Pele's Home
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