Hawaii is known all over the world because of its white sand beaches, beautiful sunsets and crystal clear blue waters. And don’t forget its tropical forests and volcanoes too. However, Hawaii is not just about the island itself. It is also rich in ancient Hawaiian culture and tradition. This paradise has a diverse culture embodying the Polynesian, Asian and American culture all together. Over the years, they have adapted their ways of living as well as their beliefs in order to accommodate the changing environment. Here’s some of the most popular Hawaiian culture, some you might know already.
Hula is the traditional and most popular dance in Hawaii. This dance actually became a signature of Hawaii. The dance shows beauty and grace as well as spirituality. The hula is a dance dating way back to the ancient times on the first people in the island. Hawaiians believe that the dance was originally performed by a goddess, thus this is considered more of a sacred ritual rather than as a form of entertainment. Although for tourists, it is just merely an entertainment. As time passed by, the hula became part of celebrations and became a form of worship. All the movements of the hands and body in this dance have specific meanings. The dance is performed in the tune of a mele which is composed of hypnotic chants. In some areas, the dance is also accompanied by some musical instruments made of natural materials just like the ukulele.
Kapa is the most common representation of Hawaiian artwork. The material is produced from the fine paper of a mulberry plant. It is then processed and made into different things like skirts and swaddles for babies. They can also be woven into colorful and beautiful blankets. Other traditional artworks involve the Lauhala or hala leaves. They are often made into bowls, hats and floor mats which are still used by native Hawaiians. They also make great souvenirs to tourists.
This is probably one of the longest festivals in Hawaii as it lasts for 2 whole months. This is being celebrated in different islands in Hawaii like Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Lanai, Molokai and the Big Island. This is also considered to be the oldest and largest festival in the state. It was started in the 1940s where it was called Aloha Week. The festival involves a lot of music, dancing and showcasing of Hawaii’s traditions.
The Hawaiian canoe is considered to be a very important part of the island’s culture and is said to be one of the best inventions by the natives. The canoe is unlike any other as its craftsmanship is really superb and the design is just amazing. The original design was purely based on the native Hawaiian’s immense knowledge of the seas. This was one of the most valued possessions in the old days since it is the only means of transportation. They were initially built for the kings and chiefs.