Hawaii (State of) Local Customs

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Hawaii (State of) Local Customs

  • Different Cultures in Hawaii

    Honolulu Local Customs

    hawaii truly is a melting pot of cultures! why? since hawaii is the ONLY minority-majority State in the United States where asian-americans, pacific islanders are the majority over caucasians and african americans and latinos. that is why you see a very small chinatown in honolulu and that you will see assorted asian, pacific islander, mainstream...

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  • Sacred Sites

    Kailua-Kona Local Customs

    Just to the north of St. Peter's Catholic Church on Ali'i Drive, this altar stands as a temple solely to the art of surfing. Here, offerings were made asking for gnarly surfing conditions. Even today, offerings are left, though now it is left by locals of all social standings. Long ago, surfing was a sport only for the royalty. Commoners caught...

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  • Ceremonies

    Waikiki Local Customs

    7 Feb 04 2045 Tonight we went to dinner and met this crazy middle-aged woman who was born in Australia, but raised in the US. I was given a lai (spelling??) by a big Hawaiian waitress. For good luck I had to give it away, but unfortunately I picked someone who didn't speak English (Easy to do in Waikiki due to the huge amounts of Japanese...

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  • Hawaiian Shirts

    Hilo Local Customs

    I don't think this picture has much to do with cultural tips, ha,ha.... But I liked it, and had to put it somewhere... ;-)) At least it is in the right City ;-)) .... We did stop at this store, in Hilo to do a bit of shopping.

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  • Thurston Lava Tube

    Volcano Local Customs

    Not a cultural tip, just needed more space to show more...... This Lava tube is enormous, and although there is lighting, it helps if you have a torch. Otherwise it's difficult to see the puddles of water.

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  • Lava Grafitti

    Hawaii (Big Island) Local Customs

    The Big Island is Hawaii's place for Big Drives, so it's nice to be entertained by lava graffiti. Don't worry -- there is no paint involved. Rather, people gather up white coral stones on the beach and take them to roadside lava deposits where they write words and draw pictures. The white stands out well against the dark black lava, creating the...

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  • Hawaiian Traditions

    Oahu Local Customs

    Poi is the Hawaiian word for a staple food made from the corm of the taro plant. It is considered to be a very important and sacred part of the Hawaiian life. It is said that "whenever a bowl of poi was uncovered at the family dinner table it was believed that the spirit of Hâloa, the ancestor of the Hawaiian people, was present." The Hawaiian...

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  • Hawaiian Flowers/Trees

    Maui Local Customs

    The Kukui nut lei is made from the Kukui Nut Tree.The Kukui Nut Tree is also known as the Candlenut Tree and in ancient Hawai’i the nuts were burned to provide light and the oil also has many cooking and medicinal uses. The nuts are used also in necklaces (leis) and bracelets. The colors of the nuts can be black, brown or white and often painted...

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  • Hawaiian Luau Shows

    Kauai Local Customs

    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...

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  • Talking Hawaiian

    Honolulu Local Customs

    Ok so this tip isn't exactly about how to speak "Hawaiian" itself, but more like what to expect when hearing locals talk. I myself DON'T speak "pidgin", but i know enough words to be able to understand what people are saying! :P My definitions should be pretty accurate, and I'll try to give some of the best examples I can! Some common...

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  • Hawaiian Dance

    Kailua-Kona Local Customs

    This pic was taken on my last night here. Sonja danced her Beautiful Traditional Hawaiian Dance, before the 'Hot Lava' Show began. She then wrapped her gorgeous 'Fresh Plumeria Lei' around me. She puts a lot of love into making her own Leis, and I was honoured to wear it ;-) ....... One very important tip, You must wear flowers in your hair Girls...

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  • Music

    Waikiki Local Customs

    This was a concert of a Hawaiin band outside the zoo at the park. It was a great band and great time partying with the locals. Mahalo.. The banner says "THE WILDEST SHOW IN TOWN" sponsored by AT & T.

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  • Tourist Booths

    Hawaii (Big Island) Local Customs

    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.

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  • Hawaiian Treats/Candy

    Oahu Local Customs

    The Blue Hawaiian is my favorite drink to have while in O'ahu. I enjoy the frozen Blue Hawaiian and usually find my favorite at the Pikake Terrace at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. The Blue Hawaiian was actually invented here on the island of O'ahu at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in 1957 by Harry Yee a legendary head bartender at the hotel. He...

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  • Island Traditions

    Maui Local Customs

    Lei is Hawaiian meaning garland or wreath. Leis can be made of shells, beads, leaves or flowers. Most peoplle associate the giving of Leis as a welcoming token of affection. This welcoming lei was popularized by the tourism boom to Hawaii in the 19th and 20th century.It is a nice gesture that many of the hotels present guests with a welcome lei...

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  • Hawaiian Culture

    Kauai Local Customs

    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...

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  • Lei & Hula greeters

    Honolulu Local Customs

    Getting off the plane at Honolulu Airport all of us got a lei . We were told our silk leis will be a happy reminder of the Hawaiian vacation and the wonderful Island spirit of Aloha! The silk flowers are suitable also for people who might be allergic to flowers.

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  • Kilauea

    Hawaii (Big Island) Local Customs

    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...

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  • Hawaiian Superstations

    Oahu Local Customs

    The Kukui nut lei is made from the Kukui Nut Tree.The Kukui Nut Tree is also known as the Candlenut Tree and in ancient Hawai’i the nuts were burned to provide light and the oil also has many cooking and medicinal uses. The nuts are used also in necklaces (leis) and bracelets. The colors of the nuts can be black, brown or white and often painted...

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  • Hawaiian Treats/Candy

    Maui Local Customs

    When in Maui; try some of the locally produced Rum. There are many varieties available from several Rum producers on the island. My wife and I enjoy trying local products when visiting an area. The Maui Rum is produced from the local sugar can and is available in just about any store that carries liquor. Both my wife and I enjoy Rum drinks so...

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  • Sacred Ground

    Kauai Local Customs

    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...

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  • Leaving shoes at the Door

    Honolulu Local Customs

    People in Hawaii have adopted the Japanese custom of taking off your shoes at the door of a house. It makes sense when you think about what you've been walking through (ewww), and you'll feel more comfortable without shoes, anyway. It is considered VERY gauche to enter someone's home with your shoes on. The line-up of shoes outside the door will...

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  • Water Sports

    Hawaii (Big Island) Local Customs

    The outrigger canoe is the traditional boat of Hawai'i and is still quite popular. On the shores of Hilo bay you find many canoe club 'sheds' full of various length canoes. You'll also find a few on the Kona side too. Kona resident and fellow VTer, enigma58, was kind enough to let me take her one person canoe out on Keauhou Bay. As you can see from...

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  • Travel Tips

    Oahu Local Customs

    The free visitor guide and coupons are an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the area as well as plan a particular event. Many of the guides have discounted coupons which can be very valuable on things like meals and activities. It's easy to find these guides. When you're arriving at the airport you'll see racks and racks of these guides...

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  • Senic Drives

    Maui Local Customs

    Any trip to Maui is not complete until you have traveled the road to Hana. This part of Maui is totally different from the touristy side of the island as you travel along the infamous Hana Highway as it hairpins its way through one of Hawai'i's most beautiful tropical rainforest. The mileage to Hana isn't too bad (the roundtrip from Kahului is...

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  • Road Rules

    Kauai Local Customs

    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...

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  • Hawaiian Language

    Oahu Local Customs

    There is an actual law that was passed by the Hawaii Legislation in 1986 that states each citizen is obliged to conduct themselves with the Spirit of Aloha while at work and at home. I know we were paying tourists but everywhere we went the people were warm and welcoming. No where on the islands did we ever encounter rude or threatening behavior. I...

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  • Sun/Weather Safety

    Maui Local Customs

    Free Local Guides and maps are available on the street, at visitor centers and at the airport. Take advantage of the local happenings, attractions, shopping and dining suggestions; you never know what you might find.

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  • Hawaiian Time

    Kauai Local Customs

    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.

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  • Hawaiian Hula/Luaus

    Oahu Local Customs

    When in Hawaii, definitely try a Lava Flow. The Lava Flow is a delicious drink made from Rum, pureed strawberries, coconut cream and coconut milk. It basically tastes like a Strawberry Pina Coladad but better. My wife loves these Lava Flows and has to have them whenever we are in Hawaii. Her favorite place for a Lava Flow is the Plantation Bar at...

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  • Luau's

    Maui Local Customs

    Luaus have developed into a tourist attraction and something that just about every resort has their version of. Luaus arefeasts that are held in honor of special occasions and celebrations. The favorite dish served at these events gave the Luau the name: young and tender leaves of the taro plant were combined with chicken, baked in coconut milk and...

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  • Leis and Gifts

    Kauai Local Customs

    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...

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  • Hawaiian Flowers/Trees/Wildlife

    Oahu Local Customs

    These trees can be seen all over the island, what’s unique about them it’s their hanging branches that put roots once reached the ground. Some trees are very old and occupy quite some big, for a tree, territories. Birds seem to like its fruit and therefore hide inside the tree, although making lots of noise. Here’s one invaluable tip: avoid...

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  • Hawaiian Music/Hula

    Maui Local Customs

    Four Seasons has a Children's program like a day camp for kids on vacation. One day they had hula lessons, from the pool we were watching and I was itching to get up and join along.. If you can, its a nice local custom to pick up, learn the ways of the traditional hula dance.

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  • Kalalau Valley

    Kauai Local Customs

    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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  • Hawaiian History

    Oahu Local Customs

    Throughout O'ahu and many of the other islands you'll get a glimpse of a "canoe" or "kayak" that will have an outrigger. An outrigger is a rigging that is placed in a fixed position outside of the main hull. The more common outriggers in O'ahu are the flat hollow floats that stabilize the canoes and kayaks. The outrigger floats form a narrow...

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  • Torch Lighting Duty

    Oahu Local Customs

    This young native does not walk , he runs to light his Torches. following is the location of another Torch Lighting Ceremony in Waikiki. The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. host the lighting of 50 Torches on Lewers and Kalakaua at 6 pm every night. Several major Hotels will also feature a Torch Lighting Show, my pictures were taken at the...

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  • Museums/Art

    Oahu Local Customs

    Another thing I learned while touring the Bishop Museum. The tiny Hawaiian guitar that can be purchased in almost every souvenir shop is called “Ukulele”. This isn’t its original name and Hawaii it’s not its home either. Ukulele came to Hawaiian Islands with first Portuguese settlers and its original name is “braguinha”, now try to get a native...

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  • Attire

    Oahu Local Customs

    Hawaii is one of the most casual places in the United States and for almost all dress-up occassions, aloha attire is acceptable -- even de riguer. This includes weddings, business meetings, fancy dinners out, etc. Often for formal affairs, the invitation will call for "crisp aloha" which means dressy pants (rather than just dockers) and a tucked-in...

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  • Food of all Races

    Oahu Local Customs

    Spam was introduced to the Hawaiians during the US military occupancy of WWII. During the war meat was very difficult to transport without getting spoiled and Spam was an easy alternative for the soldiers as it was canned and lasted for months. Today, Spam is a big part of the Hawaiian culture and at times referred to as the "Hawaiian Steak". The...

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  • Weddings

    Oahu Local Customs

    If you ever have the luck of being invited to a Hawaiian wedding - GO FOR IT! One of the most beautiful experiences we have ever had was attending our cousin's wedding at the beach in Oahu. Clear blue skies and water mixed with soft sand between our toes, and an overall atmosphere of peaceful calm. Then the bride's arrival was announced via the...

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  • Street Preformers

    Oahu Local Customs

    The main drag along Waikiki Beach, Kalakaua Boulevard, is a common place to see performance artists hoping that their behavior will earn them some money. As Kalakaua is the most touristy street on Oahu, it's not surprising that mimes, balloon artists and other tricksters are drawn there. I once saw a guy dressed entuirely in newspaper -- I wonder...

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  • Shopping

    Oahu Local Customs

    As several beaches on Oahu are dog-friendly (especually Kailua Beach), more people are bring their dogs to enjoy the sand and surf. Yet, like humans, dogs eyes are sentive to the sun and if they get too much exposure they could end up with cataracts. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly common to see dogs with sunglasses. You can buy them in the...

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  • Hang Loose - Shaka

    Wherever we went, there would be someone giving us a Hang Loose/Shaka sign with there hand. It was really nice to see and receive. It's like giving the thumbs up or waving really. Hawaiians use the shaka as a sign of friendship and solidarity. When someone put their arm out of the car window to us using the shaka, it was kind of like, thank you for...

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  • Bringing home food after parties:...

    This is one of the Filipino custom in Hawaii. If you attended parties, it is okay to bring home food. The family of the celebrant usually prepares a lot of food- usually double the attendees. This way, the attendees can bring home (take out) food!The practice, however, is to bring home food after all the guests have eaten and there are still left...

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