Kauai Local Customs

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    hula show at Coconut Marketplace
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Kauai Local Customs

  • Learn some Hawaiian

    Hawaiian is very simple - it has only a few letters and pronunciation is always the same - every vowel is pronounced, even when two are together (just do a minor glottal stop between them).Mahalo - thank you (Mah-hah-lo with a long "o")Kokua - helpPua - flowerOno - deliciousPali - cliff (hence Na Pali = "the cliffs". Pronounced like Nah Polly)Etc....

  • Hawaiian Luau Shows

    Hyatt Regency's 'Drums of Paradise' is a MUST event if you are visiting the island of Kauai. This authentic cultural event is designed to present a fun filled evening with Polynesian entertainment.First, you hear the live music, then you see the torches are burning bright, and then you smell the wonderful International food.The preparations for...

  • Hula shows

    Sooner or later you will see a hula show around. In Kaua’i you wont find it everywhere like in Waikiki(Oahu) but there are specific places that have performances every week. We watched one at Coconut Marketplace on the east side, near Kapaa. In October they had one every Wednesday at 17.00 at the center stage in the middle of the marketplace.The...

  • Island time

    For the typical mainlander, you may have a difficulty in slowing down. The common hussle and fast service that modern society on the mailand doesn't exist here on the island. So remember when you arrive in Hawaii, things are slower. Service isn't fast, it's good! So slow down, don't rush people, the service and just enjoy the experience.

  • Vincent Price

    On the game show Hollywood Squares, the question was: "In Hawaiian, does it take more than three words to say "I Love You"? A: - Vincent Price: "No, you can say it with a pineapple & a twenty"

  • Try an authentic luau

    You think a hogroast is good? Try an authentic polynesian luau. The pig is slowly smoked in the ground all day. It is removed from the ground, cleaned, & prepared for the grand feast. There are many luaus to choose from on Kaua'i...all of which are very similar in price. This being said, do the luau at the Grand Hyatt. You won't regret it. Lots of...

  • Hawaiian music

    The ukelele is the most recognized instrument when someone thinks of Hawaiian music. Here's a local singing Hawaiian folk songs and playing a ukelele at Gaylord's Restaurant outside of Lihue, Kaua'i.

  • Bridge Crossing Ettiquette

    On Kauai the roads are narrow and at times they come down to one lane especially when crossing bridges. With this in mind here are some generally accepted "bridge rules."Upon approaching a bridge check to see how many cars are lined up on the other side of the bridge. If there is more than 2 car lengths between you and a car ahead of you then you...

  • Is unique ...

    Hawaiian culture is unique in the world. On Kauai, it's as easy to discover cultural sites that have existed for hundreds of years as it is examples of how Hawaiian culture is perpetuated by the Hawaiian people today.A tour of historic cultural sites and museums is one way to experience the essence of what makes Hawaii, Hawaii.Ke ahu a laka...

  • Flower Leis

    On my very first trip to Hawaii, I was told by an native Hawaiian (and there are not that many true native Hawaiians left these days) if you want to ensure a safe return back to the islands, when you leave to toss your lei, but remove the petals first from the string that holds them so no harm comes to the wildlife.Each of the Hawaiian Islands has...

  • Hitch hikers

    Hitch hiking on Kauai is all over the place. You'll see everyone from old men to young girls with children standing with a thumb out. We picked up hikers the whole time we were there, and judging by the amount who do it, I think it's a pretty safe thing to do. We picked up some of the greatest tips about where to go, what to do, where to eat and...

  • Traditional Leis as Gifts

    It is customary to greet new visitors with a lei of some kind (flowers, shells).Hyatt Regency gave us a flower lei made from white orchids when we arrived at the hotel. What a beautiful gesture. We saw some of our fellow travelers greeted at the airport by their transproation service and were given leis. This is only done if you have this...

  • Sacred Heiau

    The heiau is a Hawaiian temple, a structure built from lava rocks used for religious purposes. They had a rectangular outer wall inside which the structure was built. Today only the outer walls still exists. The ceremonies within the heiau were conducted by priests named kahuna. In some heiau human sacrifices were made, in others people offered...

  • Taro - Staple in Hawaiian Diet and...

    What is Taro?Taro is a root crop grown in Kauai that in the past was a staple of the Hawaiian diet. Used to make poi, it is extremely nutritional, containing fibre, calcium, potassium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and vitamin C. In the Hawaiian tradition, arguments are not permitted when a bowl of poi is placed on the dinner table....

  • Handmade Hawaiian Pride

    This chandelier made entirely of shells survived a huge storm in the late 90's. The hotel staff said it was the only thing that wasn't damaged from the storm. Legend has it that using the shells will protect the property from total destruction. Anyway, I was fascinated by the chandelier...regardless of the legend.

  • Don't take the dogs

    We were wandering in the tropical forest in Kauai trying to find the trail and we saw quite a few signs with the following message "Please don't take the dogs. They are not strays. Their owners will come to pick them up". Just when we were wondering what they meant with those signs, the brown dog in the picture showed up. We played with it for a...

  • Hula dancing!

    This is a custom most common to Hawaiins and it is a great show to see. Beautiful costumes from their culture.

  • Hawaii Time

    Life is Hawaii is truly much slower and less hectic than most places. Do not be in a hurry and do not expect others to hurry for you. Slow down, be patient, and experience the aloha!

  • Sacred Ground

    Hawaiians still consider Kalalau and the Na Pali coast as sacred ground.There are many heiau's (sacred place of worship),ancient archeological sites, and burial sites for the many people who onced lived and farmed in the Kalalau valley's.Heiau's are to be treated with the utmost respect.Do not disturb any bones or take any artifacts as souveniers.

  • Kalalau Valley-end of trail

    At the end of the trail is Kalalau Valley; A huge wide open sweeping valley with a huge waterfall tucked deep in the valley.You can rest and relax after making the 11 mile hike.If you enjoy solitude and meditation, listen to the surf, listen to the land and listen to the walls of the valley. They will speak to you.It is truely a spiritual/religious...

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