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The Fascinating History and Meaning of Hula in Hawaiian Culture

“Hula is the art of Hawaiian dance expressing all that we see, hear, feel, taste, touch, and smell; hula is life.” –Kumu Hula Maiki Aiu Lake   “Hula, song (mele), and chant (oli) were the opera house, library, and cultural center of the Hawaiian people.” –Historian Nathaniel B. Emerson Hula occupies a powerful role in Native Hawaiian culture. This traditional practice has been used to honor Native Hawaiian deities, to share history, to pass along stories, to explain origins of natural phenomena, and to entertain—among other functions. In this article, we’ll take you on a deep dive into hula, so you can better understand this...

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Buying Real Estate on Oahu? Here’s Your Complete Guide!

More people live on Oʻahu than any other Hawaiian Island—right around 1 million, based on recent census data. About 350,000 of those residents live in Honolulu, Oʻahu’s largest “city”—and the largest urban area in Hawaiʻi. With some of the nation’s highest housing prices, Hawaiʻi can be a challenging place for the real estate—but the tips and insights you’ll find in this article can help make the process easier. If you’re in the market for a home on Oʻahu, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know, including: Home Types on Oʻahu What kind of spaces will you find on the island? What’s different from...

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Living on Oahu’s North Shore: Neighborhoods, Activities, Local Shops, and More

About a million people call Oʻahu their home. Around 17,000 live on North Shore. Contrast that with the 350,964 residents living in Urban Honolulu, and you’ll start to get a sense just how different the North Shore can feel from busy Honolulu.   Oʻahu 1,016,508 2020 Census  Urban Honolulu 350,964 2020 Census North Shore 17,232 C&C Data If you’re moving to Oʻahu and looking for a laid-back lifestyle—something that offers a more rural feel than what you’d find around Honolulu—the North Shore might be perfect for you.    In this article, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know if you’re considering a move to...

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Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Hawaii: Oahu, Maui, Big Island, and Kauai

Is there a better way to finish the day in Hawaiʻi than with a stunning sunset? If there is, we can’t think of one! We’ll share our favorite sunset spots on all four islands to help you end the day right on Oʻahu, Maui, Kauaʻi, or the Big Island. Settle in, soak it all in, and celebrate another beautiful day in paradise. In This Article: The Best Sunset Spots on Oʻahu The Best Sunset Spots on Maui The Best Sunset Spots on Kauaʻi The Best Sunset Spots on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi Best Sunsets on Oʻahu Ko ʻOlina The Ko ʻOlina lagoons are perfectly...

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12 Hawaii Traditions That Make Hawaii’s Culture Truly Unique

If you’ve spent any time in Hawaiʻi, you know that things just feel different out here—and we’re not only talking about the weather. In the Hawaiian Islands, the culture of its indigenous people, the Native Hawaiians, still runs strong today. In this article, we’ll share a few traditions from Hawaiʻi’s original human inhabitants so you can appreciate their origins—and their presence in the islands today. Waves of arrivals to Hawaiʻi brought additional customs and traditions to the archipelago. Many of them are woven into the modern culture you’ll find in Hawaiʻi today. We’ll talk about those, too, so you can respect these practices as either...

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Looking for the Best Poke on Oʻahu? Honolulu, Waikīkī, and Beyond!

You’ll find plenty of unique and delicious food in Hawaiʻi, and poke is a stand-out favorite among visitors and residents alike. What is poke? Traditionally, it involves cutting up raw fish and mixing it with ingredients like sea salt, limu (edible algae, mosses, and more that acted as a condiment in the Hawaiian diet), plus ʻinamona (roasted and chopped kukui nuts). In fact, the recipe is right in the name! In Hawaiian, poke means “to slice, to cut crosswise into pieces.” But before we dive in, let’s make sure you’re pronouncing poke correctly with a little help from Malu States. In short, remember that an...

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