April 27, 2008 |
While the rest of the world celebrates May Day on Thursday, in Hawaii it will be Lei Day. For centuries, leis have been synonymous with "aloha" in Hawaii. Polynesian voyagers carried them in their canoes when they discovered and then settled the islands 1,000 years ago.
January 9, 2014 |
Oahu visitors can experience the music and dance Hawaiians enjoyed before the arrival of white settlers at an event on Feb. 1. “Pre-contact Hawaii: Hula Kahiko, Mele & Oli” will feature an evening of stories, ancient hula, chants and songs at the Mission Houses Museum in Honolulu 's Capitol Historic District. The site preserves two of the oldest houses in the islands, built and used by Christian missionaries who arrived in the early 1800s. The celebration gets underway with a free panel discussion from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by cultural performances.