Reason #9: Rich History That Lives on in Tradition
You may know that the United States overthrew the Hawaiian Monarchy in 1893, for which President Bill Clinton officially issued a legislative apology in 1993.
Although the monarchy is long gone, Hawaii’s culture and traditions live on. Some of them endure in cultural centers and museums, like the Iolani Palace on Oahu, the only royal palace in the United States. Others continue in traditions, like hula dancing, which is still taught by kumu (teachers) who preside over halau (schools) where students study the traditional art.
If you’d like to learn more about the culture and history of the Hawaiian people, you’ll have plenty of opportunities in Hawaii.
Start with a visit to Iolani Palace on Oahu to learn the history of the Hawaiian Monarchy, or stop by the Bishop Museum to take in the long history of Hawaii, starting with the first Polynesian arrivals. You can also explore activities that celebrate Hawaiian culture, such as the Festivals of Aloha, the Merrie Monarch Festival, the Uncle Richard Ho’opi’i Leo Ki’eki’e Falsetto Contest, and the Hawaiian Island Festival.
Finally, take the time to read about the 1600 years of human history on Hawaii, so you can get a fuller picture of these beautiful islands. Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen, written by Queen Liliuokalani, offers one poignant viewpoint from Hawaii’s last monarch.