Learning Hawaiian ways
If you want to spend some of your time in Waikiki learning Hawaiian ways here's a tip. Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center-- they have classes on various skills such as ukelele playing, hula dancing, and lei making. All classes are free; no sign up required--just show up on time.
Check out their website below for more information and schedules. The class info is included in the "Entertainment" section. Have fun!!Related to:
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The importance of the LEI
Don't give someone else your lei direct from your neck... to their neck. That is not done. If you want to "re-gift" a lei... carry it. Don't be wearing it... Some leis can last a long time if they are crafted from flowers that dry out well. Other flower leis have a limited shelf life! Don't forget some folks have allergies. Those leis that smell the nicest can wreak havoc on folks that have sensitivities to flowers / scents. Kukui Nut Leis (Shiney black or brown kukui nuts) are always a safe bet, plus they last forever! Get Lei Happy in Honolulu!
The importance of KEIKI!
Kids are revered in Hawaii. Maybe it's an Asian Thing -- because, naturally, children are adored all over, but no one dotes more on Kids than Asian Cultures... So here in Hawaii, where 60% of the population is sometype of Asian mix, you will notice LOTS of people playing with kids and / or spoiling them! Be sure to notice all the beautiful keiki and play with them. As long as you are sincere and kind, your kokua shown to the keiki will be duly noted!!!
Tree Climbing 101, ( part Hawaiian )
Though this may LOOK easy, it does take a certain skill to scale a palm tree like a monkey! DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME ... but if you have to, be sure you touch the highest branch when you get to the top!Related to:
Fireworks at home on New Year's Eve
Hawaii has always been special on New Year's eve for burning fireworks in the neighborhood. I can remember when I first came to Hawaii in the 70's, when it would be so competitive between neighbors to see who fired off the most firecrackers, or who had the loudest area at MidNight! Now a permit is required for most of the more fun ones, but there is still a selection of fun ones that you can get at WalMart of other stores locally that you can fire off without a permit.Related to:
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Many tourists (especially...
Many tourists (especially Japanese ones) are very loud and obnoxious on the Arizona memorial. 1,100 sailors lie entombed below - treat it as a church or other sacred place. The first time I visited the memorial I was shocked at some of the behavior.
Again, on the north shore...
Again, on the north shore everything is very mellow. Don't make yourself a tourist, just cruise it. Don't feel like you have to take it all in, because the more you stress about it, the less you enjoy the rythm of it all. I had a fine time just swimming, beaching, sleeping, eating, and the occasional surf and rock climb. At night the occasional party, but if you wanna come here, be prepared to do a whole lotta chillin'.
It seems that most of the shop...
It seems that most of the shop assistants are bi-lingual (English and Japanese) due to the high number of Japanese tourists. We were surprised by how much Japanese culture was embraced and encouraged here after Pearl Harbour. Apparently Hawaii had been inhabited by a large number of Japanese before that time. Some of the streets have almost all the shop frontages in Japanese.
Early aerial photograph of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel
(circa 1928),original photographer unknown. Postcard by Cool Breeze,printed with permission of Bishop Musuem.
Opened in 1927,the Royal Hawaiian Hotel became the temporary home of the rich and famous,past presidents, visiting Royality,movie stars, and sports legends.
Today the Royal Hawaiian Hotel is one of the smallest hotels in Waikiki,but her tradition,history,and eligance are without equal.
Original photographer R.J. Baker(circa 1910),postcard by Cool Breeze,printed with permission of Bishop Museum.
Area between Honolulu and Waikiki,looking east toward Diamond Head.Wetlands were used to raise taro,rice,
fresh water fish ponds and duck farms.The construction of the Ala Wai Canal in 1920 would drain this large area and eventually would be part of today's modern city of Honolulu.
Bishop Musuem-history and artifacts from old Hawaii
'Diamond Head Charley,' as...
'Diamond Head Charley,' as John Charles Peterson was nicknamed, was a retired Swedish sailor who had dropped anchor in Oahu in the 1870s and married a native woman. She died in childbirth, but the baby, Melika, survived. The small community of Honolulu was saddened by Charley's misfortune, and as small propitiation, offered him the job of lookout on Diamond Head. The pay was $50 a month.
Charley and his bronze-skinned little daughter lived a happy life in a tiny cottage on the southern slope of the mountain. Melika walked along Waikiki Beach — then a quiet and sparsely populated strand — to get to school each day. She spent her leisure hours fishing and swimming and helping her father.
Hawaii is very relaxed and...
Hawaii is very relaxed and 'Hang Loose' is the motto of all the islands. Everything in Hawaii takes 15 minutes but really takes longer. The locals and tour guides are the nicest people you will ever meet. Plan on providing gratuities to the tour guides and bus drivers. Be prepared Hawaii is expensive but worth every penny.
US Citizen clearing customs in Honolulu
CLEARING CUSTOMS AT HNL HAS BEEN OK ..USUALLY FROM 4 TO 8 MINUTES ..A FEW TIMES LESS ..BUT ALWAYS BE PREPARED FOR SOMETHING AT ANY AIRPORT.
The morning paper. Make sure you review Sunday's "Dining Out" section of the paper for specials and restaurant reviews.Related to:
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Surfing is very popular in Hawaii
Hawaii is known for surfing at the fantastic beaches and waves of the ocean.
It is so famous that there is a sculpture at Waikiki beach to show the culture. A boy with his board and seal.Related to:
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