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Exploring Hawaiian Culture Nov 01

Flower Lei

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.

Amazing WillieK

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.

Hula

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.

Lei Making Classes

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.
For more information on Hawaiian Culture
Contact: Linda Dancer  Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Hawaiian Words you might see while on vacation Sep 06

ALOHA

Getting ready to go to Hawaii for your vacation?  Even though English is the primary language in Hawaii, as you travel around the islands you will see and hear many Hawaiian words that are still very much part of the local culture, so I thought it would be fun to share a few:
ALOHA -( ah-low-ha) meaning love,respect,hello or goodbye – usually a greeting  can either mean  hello or goodbye
Especially common when you visit  the restrooms you will see  Hawaiian Names  for  Kane -male  (Mens) and Wahine– Female (Womens)
Keiki  –  (kay-kee) meaning  child or children  ( you might see at  restaurants or the luau referring to the children’s menu)
‘Ohana (oh-ha-na)  family – the whole family-  such as ohana-style at a restaurant would be family style.
If you ask a local for directions  they might direct you to go makai  or mauka 
Makai (ma-ky)(ky as in sky)  meaning toward the sea
Mauka (mow-ka) (ow as in cow)  meaning  toward the mountains
‘ono (oh-no)  meaning  delicious  or tasty  , also the name of a local fish
poi (p-oy) (oy as in toy) meaning – Poi- made from cooked taro and water- the main starch used by Hawaiians, such as potatoes or rice in other cultures
lei (lay)  meaning- lei or a garland, a necklace of flowers, shells,feathers and other things depending upon the occasion, usually a symbol of affection – most visitors receive a fresh orchid or other flower lei upon arrival at the airport.
lu’au (lou-aw) (ow as in cow)  meaning  young taro tops or a Hawaiian Feast- most common for visitors to use as in lu’au the Hawaiian Feast they will be attending at some point during their vacation, if talking about taro with someone you would refer to the lu’au leaf.
Mahalo (ma-ha-low)  meaning  Thank you    Mahalo nui loa (ma-ha-low new-we low-ah)   Thank  you very much
a hui hou (ah who-ee ho)  meaning until meeting again or see you later
Enjoy  your vacation in Hawaii and practice the Hawaiian language when you have the opportunity.
Contact: Linda Dancer  Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com Direct Line 828-256-1520  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows Nov 23

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is Hawai’i Islands premier cultural and eco-friendly resort. When asked how to best describe this resort, by my fellow Hawaii Master Destination Specialist, I have to honestly answer them it is just a feeling that you have for this resort. Hard to define since it is not cut from the typical cloth of chain resorts, where visitors have an expectation of the resort based upon other resorts.
From the moment you step into the multi-level open air lobby, you are greeted by the sound of cascading waterfalls,tropical birds,  visions of lush tropical foliage and ponds filled with koi fish and baby green sea turtles – no wonder Travel & Leisure names this resort “Top Hotels of the World” on a regular basis.
 This secluded oceanfront oasis  is so much more than just a hotel , it is a journey of relaxation and luxury. With three miles of pristine coastline to explore the choice is yours to do everything or nothing at all but catch a nap in one of the hammocks.
Three miles of pristine coastline

 Complimentary snorkeling equipment to explore the calm coves, historic tours of petroglyphs, educational fish and turtle feeding tours, beach cabanas, sand volleyball, jogger’s amenity station. Explore the resort on one of the many bicycles available for guest to use or take the shuttle service throughout the resort.  Two World class golf courses on property along with tennis facilities as well as a state of art fitness center.  My personal favorite the award winning Mauna Lani Spa resembles a Hawaiian village with thatched outdoor hale(huts) two natural lava saunas,a meditation pavilion,outdoor baths and a watsu pool.

The Eva Parker Woods Cottage

Since opening in 1983, the Mauna Lani has always remained true to the Hawaiian practice of malama’aina or responsible stewardship of the Land . Preserving Hawaii’s culture is part of the Mauna Lani  guest experience, led by Danny Akaka, Jr. guest can enjoy a selection of interactive activities that provide an island culture experience first hand – The Eva Parker Woods Cottage shown here is a mini museum full of Hawaiian artifacts as well there is a cultural center in the lower lobby of the main building as well.

Many brides and grooms from around the world have said “I do” at Mauna Lani  see my earlier blog post about Mauna Lani Weddings for more details .

Contact :  Linda Dancer  Email   linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Phone  (828) 256-1520   or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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