Hawaii is more than the physical beauty of the land, sea and sky. It is a community with a long and fascinating history that continues to be felt in many ways. The people are happy and happy people are friendly people. Discover more about Hawaii by visiting places like the Bishop Museum or the Polynesian Culture Center. The more you discover about Hawaii’s past, the more you will understand modern-day Hawaii.
Aloha means the spirit of love, and is commonly used as hello and goodbye; it also has means compassion, kindness and giving.
The Aloha Spirit can be described by words also used to describe Hawaiian values:
- malama: to care for
- ‘ohana: family
- ho’okipa: hospitality
- ‘olu’olu: graciousness
- kokua: helpfulness
- lokahi: unity and harmony
- kupono: honesty and fairness
The pervasiveness of these qualities gives Hawaii a singular charm and provides the foundation for a unique, respected, and treasured culture.
The past is still a vital part of the present in Hawaii. By experiencing the people and the spirit of aloha during your visit, you are enriching your experience of the culture and helping to keep history alive. Explore the traditions of the past that are still prevalent in the culture of Waikiki and Oahu’s small towns.
The early Hawaiians had no written language but they developed highly evolved verbal communications in the form of chants. In the old Hawaii, the chanters were the most important member of society, preserver of history and legend. Chants were created to record the genealogy of chiefs and also used during blessings.
The Hawaiian Blessing is a traditional ceremony to bless new homes, canoes, businesses, babies, and food. The blessing calls upon great powers to assist in the safety, well being and success of the new creation. The blessing also cleans and clears the way of any conflict or negative experience that may have occurred in the past. The ceremony is performed by a spiritual leader drawing together a community to participate in honoring a new beginning.