Catch a Wave the Hawaii WayWritten by Donna Monday
When you’re on deck of your cruise ship off coast of Hawaii, you may just catch a glimpse of some dedicated surfers riding on top of a tall wave. Watch sun beat down on their glistening backs as sea spray hits their tanned faces.
Hawaii is a surfer’s paradise. The Pacific, after all, is where surfing originated and became almost an art. Hawaiians used to have a strict social class order called “kapu”. The kapu system of laws separated royal Hawaiians from commoners.
Surfing was a big part of traditional Hawaiian culture, and kapu law determined where people could surf, how big their surfboards were, and even what materials boards could be made out of. Of course, Hawaiian royalty had best and biggest boards, as well as choicest surfing spots. And, it wasn’t just men who had all surfing fun. Some of women surfed too.
Say “I Love You” With the Hula DanceWritten by Donna Monday
On your visit to Big Island of Hawaii, you’ll probably get to see a traditional hula dance. If even greater fortune smiles upon you during your stay, you may get to visit island of Molokai, place where hula is said to have originated.
Ancient Hawaiians passed along stories and legends of their culture through “hula kahiko”, or ancient hula. For many generations they danced and chanted their proud history, customs, ceremonies, and traditions.