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Hula

Lei

Surfing

The Paniolo

Chinatown

Architecture





Hula
The first Westerners to visit Hawai`i remarked on the beauty and grace of the native dance. Captain Cook described hula in his journal in 1778...
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See also: Ancient Hawaiian Culture: Hula

The Paniolo
Ancient Hawai`i boasted no large land mammals, but with the arrival of Western ships, new plants and animals soon found their way to the Islands.
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Lei and Lei Making
While lei made of fresh flowers and greens were worn for everyday events and any type of celebration, Hawaiians excelled in making permanent lei from materials such as shells, feathers, nuts and bone...
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See also: Ancient Hawai`i: Origins of Lei Making

Chinatown
Since the first days of foreign arrivals in the late 1700s, the area adjacent to the harbor has been the focus of trade, business and social life. Here is where Honolulu began its life and where, a few years later, Chinatown was born.
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Surfing
Hawaiians avidly pursued surfing for centuries, but the sport suffered a dramatic decline in the 19th century. The fall off came directly and indirectly from Hawaii's interface with Western cultures...
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See also: Ancient Hawaiian Culture: Surfing

Architecture
Although peoples from around the world have found their way to Hawai`i, the largest number have arrived from China and Japan and it's the Asian influence that is most visible in island architecture.
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See also: Ancient Hawaiian Culture: Architecture




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