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Hawaiian Culture, History and Language

A guide to the culture, history and language of the Hawaiian people both past and present.
  1. Cultural Clubs (8)
  2. Hawaii Museums (20)
  3. Hawaii Quizzes (5)
  4. Hawaii Sovereignty (7)
  5. Hawaiian History (51)
  6. Hawaiian Music (50)
  7. Kapa and Tapa (7)
  8. Language (17)
  9. Mythology and Religion (16)
  10. Taro (3)
  11. The People of Hawaii (14)
  12. Volcanoes (23)

How to Understand Some Basic Hawaiian
Here are some key Hawaiian words and phrases that you should know before you visit Hawaii.

`Ôlelo Hawai`i - The Hawaiian Language
We explore the origins of the spoken and written language and its development up to its present day renaissance.

Flags of Hawaii
Find out about the flags that you'll see in Hawaii - flags of the past, present and possibly the future.

Top Hawaiian Culture Books
While Hawaii is the 50th of the United States, it is unlike any other state in the union. Located further from land than any other island chain in the world, Hawaii has a unique culture, history and language. Before you visit Hawaii, you should learn a bit about the people of Hawaii.

The People of Hawaii
Who are the people of Hawaii? Learn about the many ethnic groups that make Hawaii their home.

Hawaii Population Data
According to figures released on September 2, 2003, Hawaii now ranks fourth in the nation in the number of foreign born residents. Approximately 18% of Hawaii's 1,208,537 residents were born abroad. In addition 310,088 of Hawaii's residents, or approximately 25% were born in other states, U.S. territories or born abroad to U.S. Citizens.

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii
If you are planning a trip to Hawaii at the end of the month into early May, you'll get to experience this Hawaiian holiday first-hand for yourself. Find out about the history of Lei Day and how it is celebrated from island to island.

Kahmehameha the Great
June 11 is King Kamehameha I Day in Hawaii, honoring the king who unified all of the Hawaiian Islands and who ruled the Hawaiian Kingdom from 1795-1819.

2008 Celebration of the Arts at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui
I had the privilege of attending the 2008 Celebration of the Arts held at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui. It was an experience that filled me with awe for the amazing talents of the artists and craftspeople in attendance. It was also an experience that I found deeply disturbing.

Kamehameha Schools Admission's Policy Ruled Illegal
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled last week that the Kamehameha Schools admission's policy is racially exclusionary and hence violates a federal law against racial discrimination in the making and enforcing of contracts. If the decision is not reversed Kamehameha Schools will be forced to admit large numbers of non-Hawaiian students.

"Lilo & Stitch" and the Spirit of Hawaii
Find out how an animate film from Disney Studios captures the beauty and true spirit of Hawaii, as well as the meaning of 'ohana.

2004 Lei Day Festival Features Na Mele No Na Lei (Songs Of The Lei)
The theme for Honolulu's 2004 adult, teen and children’s lei contests is Na Mele No Na Lei - Songs of the Lei. In addition to the adult and teen lei contest, the festival will include the traditional investiture of the Lei Queen and her Court, a youth lei contest, craft demonstrations, food vendors and all-day Hawaiian entertainment. All events are free and open to the public.

2004 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Winners
The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) has announced the winners of the 2004 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. The awards honor achievements of excellence in the recording arts.

2004 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Nominations Announced
The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) has announced the finalists for the 2004 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. The awards honor achievements of excellence in the recording arts.

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