Catch a Wave the Hawaii Way

Written by Donna Monday

When you’re onrepparttar deck of your cruise ship offrepparttar 150383 coast of Hawaii, you may just catch a glimpse of some dedicated surfers riding on top of a tall wave. Watchrepparttar 150384 sun beat down on their glistening backs asrepparttar 150385 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 hadrepparttar 150386 best and biggest boards, as well asrepparttar 150387 choicest surfing spots. And, it wasn’t justrepparttar 150388 men who had allrepparttar 150389 surfing fun. Some ofrepparttar 150390 women surfed too.

Say “I Love You” With the Hula Dance

Written by Donna Monday

On your visit torepparttar 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 visitrepparttar 150382 island of Molokai,repparttar 150383 place whererepparttar 150384 hula is said to have originated.

Ancient Hawaiians passed along stories and legends of their culture throughrepparttar 150385 “hula kahiko”, or ancient hula. For many generations they danced and chanted their proud history, customs, ceremonies, and traditions.

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