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The Iconic Hula Girl
The Iconic Hula Girl

The Iconic Hula Girl

Hula has become a worldwide symbol of Hawaii’s beautiful culture and people. Legend has it hula originated on the islands of Molokai and Kauai. 960 1280

  

The Lei

The Lei

In Hawaii, visitors are welcomed with a warm “aloha” and adorned with beautiful, fresh leis. The affectionate greeting is usually accompanied by a kiss. 960 1280

  

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Surfing in Hawaii

Once a sport reserved only for the alii (Hawaiian royalty), surfing is often called “the sport of kings.” Big wave surfing also originated in Hawaii when surfers began to ride powerful winter waves of Makaha in the 1950s. 960 1280

  

The Luau

The Luau

Hawaii's signature dance is often performed at luaus, which are traditional Hawaiian feasts. The Paradise Cove Luau, the Alii Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center, both on Oahu, and the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui come highly recommended. 960 1280

  

A Hawaiian Tradition

A Hawaiian Tradition

The lei, a necklace of beautiful fresh flowers, has become a universal symbol of Hawaii. However, traditionally only women would wear flowers -- men would wear a lei of beads. 960 1280

  

Hula Auana

Hula Auana

A style of hula, hula auana is danced to western-inspired music and has a more modern, fluid style. Hula kahiko, also known as ancient hula, is danced in more traditional costumes to dramatic chants and percussion and less familiar to tourists. 960 1280

  

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

Originally Hawaiian feasts were called pā‘ina or 'aha‘aina. The newer name comes its main dish known as Luau, young and tender leaves of the taro plant are combined with chicken and baked in coconut milk. 960 1280

  

The Feast

The Feast

The traditional luau feast was eaten on mats the floor and often featured poi (a Polynesian staple starch made of taro), poke (a raw salad of ‘ahi tuna), lomi salmon, opihi and haupia. 960 1280

  

Polynesian Culture

Polynesian Culture

In addition to hula, many luaus also feature Samoan fire dancers and Tahitian dancers. Don’t be surprised if you’re invited on stage to show off your moves in front of the crowd. 960 1280

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Kālua Pig

Kālua Pig

Roasted pig is always the star of the Hawaiian luau. Kālua is a traditional Hawaiian cooking method and means, literally, “to cook in an underground oven.” 960 1280

  

Traditional Luaus

Traditional Luaus

Three things are fairly standard at traditional luaus: they’re always held at sunset, they’re usually on the beach, and everything is eaten with ones fingers. 960 1280