Hawaiian Culture & History

Honaunau, Place of Refuge - Canoes

Hula Dancing at Halemaumau Crater

Ancient Hawaiian Hut at Lapakahi


Polynesian Culture

Honaunau, Place of Refuge - Temple and MausoleumThere are several places on the Big Island where you can experience the essence of Hawaiian culture and history. Hawaii is more than just beaches and sun - make sure you take the time to experience Hawaiian music, ukulele, hula dancing, and Hawaiian history. You can see authentic Polynesian shows for free at the Kings’ Shops, Waikoloa and at the Keauhou Shopping Center.

Visit the Kings’ Shops in the Waikoloa Beach Resort. Hawaiian cultural lessons are offered daily, and it’s all free! Live Hawaiian music - Sunday, 4PM; Ukulele lessons - Monday 930AM; Hula performances Tuesday, 530PM & Thursday 600PM; Guided tours of Ancient Hawaiian Petroglyphs - Tuesday through Friday 1030AM; Guided tours of native Hawaiian plants - Tuesday through Friday 1130AM; Lei Making Classes - Thursday 930AM; Hula Lessons - Thursday 1030AM; Hawaiian Arts & Crafts - Saturday 1000AM. For more information call 808-886-8811. View map of Waikoloa Resort.

Come to the Keauhou Shopping Center for "Aloha Fridays" in the center Courtyard. 10AM-2PM - Senior Group; 11AM Free Ukulele Lessons; 12Noon Free Lei Making; 6PM-7PM Free Polynesian Show. 78-6831 Alii Drive, Keauhou-Kona, HI 96740. Phone 808-322-3000. View map of Keauhou Shopping Center.

If you are lucky to be visiting the Big Island around Easter, make sure you come to Hilo for the famous Merrie Monarch Hula Festival - plan your trip well in advance, hotels will be fully-booked.

Hula Dancing at Halemaumau CraterThe Halemaumau Volcano Crater is considered the sacred home of Madame Pele, an ancient Hawaiian Goddess. Each year there is a re-enactment of Hawaiian ceremonies during the Investiture of the Royal Court, part of the Aloha Festivals celebrations.

Heiau, Hawaiian Temples

Heiau at Pu'ukohala Historical SiteHeiau (temples) were places of worship that were central to Hawaiian religious beliefs. From the heiau, the kahuna (priest) communicated with the gods. There are several well preserved ancient Heiau on the Big Island for you to visit. Visit our Heiau section.

Island Breeze Luau

Held under the stars on the grounds of Kamehameha the Great’s former estate, the Island Breeze Luau is a truly royal Hawaiian experience. It has been rated the best luau on the Big Island by visitors, locals and travel writers! The highlight of the evening is the spectacular Island Breeze Polynesian Revue. From the Fijian and Maori dances of war to the gracefulness of Hawaiian hula hands, they bring you and your family a fun-filled evening. More information about the Luau.

The Royal Kona Resort offers the Lava Legends and Legacies Luau. The call of the conch, the lighting of the torches, and the beat of the native drums beckon you to escape to the hawaii of your dreams. Relax with cool tropical trade winds and enchanting Hawaiian melodies performed by the serenaders. Enjoy Hawaiian arts and crafts follwed by the unearthing of the Kalua pua’a (roasted pork) and the all-you-can-eat luau dinner buffet.


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