The western Christmas and New Year fell during this same time of the year that the Hawaiians traditionally honored the earth for giving them plenty to eat. This period of resting and feasting was called Makahiki. It lasted for 4 months, and no wars or conflicts were allowed during this time. Because makahiki also means "year", the Hawaiian phrase for "Happy New Year" became "Hauoli (happy) Makahiki (year) Hou (new)".
SOMETHING THAT HAWAII DOES EVERY YEAR IS CELEBRATE IN HONOUR OF THE KING THAT UNITED THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS.SO EVERY YEAR THERE IS A CEREMONY AND PLACING OF LEIS ON THE STATUE THAT STANDS ON KING ST ACROSS FROM IOLANI PALACE.
IT ALL HAPPENS ON JUNE 11 TH WHICH WAS THE KING'S BIRTHDAY !!! IT IS A FULL DAY OF PARADES AND LEIS AND FOOD...
Honolulu residents come from all different cultures and ethnicities. It is also a prime tourist destination, so the tourists will be from all different cultures and ethnicities. My best recommendations is to be nice to everyone. Leave your demanding, high-powered personality at home. You will enjoy your vacation much more if you just be mellow.
Because we all come from different cultures, we embrace our differences. It is okay to ask about a person's ethnicity. Find out a little bit about people by finding out what their ethnic background is like. While we (residents) are mostly all Americans at heart, we still identify with our heritage and the special things that make us unique.
Tipping for service of 15% is recommended. In some classier places, 20% is recommended. It is up to you.
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 shops or stores or restaurants side by side and that these areas are frequented not only by their ethnic kins for also by most other hawaiians of other ancestries as hawaiians are very cosmopolitan and are not that much conscious of thier ethinicity. So hawaii is truly the melting pot of the United States.
1. People tend to greet each other more readily, including clerks in stores or other service personnel. Be ready to reciprocate or (to surprise the locals) greet them first. 2. If invited to a home, be prepared to remove your shoes (inspect your socks before you leave the hotel!). If you are running about barefoot as your construction of Island life, ask your host where you can wash your feet before you enter. Most will say it's not necessary but will be pleased that you thought to ask. 3. Avoid staring at local people, even if you find them interesting. In many Pacific cultures, the stare is interpreted as challenge. 4. Little kids are a great opening for contact. Local people will admire your children, talk with them, and even pick them up. This is friendly behaviour and no great cause for concern. Older women (who are usually grandmas themselves) are the most prone to this 'oh, the cute' reaction to any baby or child encountered in a public place.
The Polynesian Cultural Center is dedicated to island culture and a great starting point if you're interested in the indigenous culture.