The Hawaiian Lei is a garland made most often from a variety of fresh flowers and for many the symbol of ALOHA welcoming visitors to the islands, but it also plays a huge role historically as one of the romantic icons of Hawaiian Culture for it is given as a gesture of love. Women normally prefer the fresh blossoms of tropical flowers such as orchids while men prefer the glossy maile vine draped untied around the neck.
**Take the smell of your fresh lei home with you by purchasing at the airport after you clear security check point or many shops will arrange for your lei to be packaged and shipped directly to your home.
Hawaiian Music such as local favorite WillieK shown here plays a huge part in Hawaiian Culture and through out the islands there are several Slack Key Guitar and ‘ukulele festivals and weekly performances for visitors to enjoy check with your hotel concierge to see who might be playing. I have purchased several of these Hawaiian music CD’s to transport me back to the islands. In addition to Slack Key and ‘ukulele look for performances of Hawaiian reggae, hip hop and modern beats as well.
Born in Hawai’i the Hula uses the entire body to tell the story of myths and legends of Hawaiian culture. Hula tells the story through dance,stories,language,chants,mele(song), as well as through the plants that many of the instruments and adornments the performers wear are made from.
The world’s premier hula event-The Merrie Monarch(named after King David Kalakaua) is held every year on Hawai’i Island, the week long festival features both kahiko ancient hula(before 1820) and ‘auwana modern hula(after 1915). **King Kalakaua felt that “Hula” is the language of the heart,and the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.
Throughout the islands, resorts (such as Hyatt Regency Waikiki shown here)offer cultural lessons such as lei making and hula lessons so check with your hotel concierge to see what opportunities might be available for you to enjoy.
Hawai’i is an experience that stays in your heart forever-enhance your experience by participating in Hawaiian Culture.
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