Chinese In Hawai’i

Chinese immigration to Hawai’i Encouraged by King Kamehameha I, Hawaii exported sandalwood to China from 1792 to 1843. As a result, Chinese people dubbed the Hawaiian Islands “Tan Heung Shan”, roughly translates to “Fragrant Sandalwood...

Hanafuda Flower Cards

Japanese Hanafuda Flower Cards Hanafuda are playing cards of Japanese origin. The name Hanafuda literally translates as “flower cards”. A traditional Hanafuda deck has 48 cards divided into 12 suits, one for each month. Each month is signified by a...

Siberian Plantation Immigrants

Not So Sugary Sweet For Russian Siberian Plantation Immigrants During the heyday of sugar production at the turn of the 20th century Hawai’i supplied much of the worlds sugar. Labor demands were filled with foreign immigrants from far away lands such as Japan,...

Hawaiian Milk Caps

POGS, Hawaiian Milk Caps, Bottle Caps POGS, the game:Pogs are circular cardboard discs with printed imagery. Traditional style pogs, made of rough cardboard, are printed with limited colors, and often have a staple in them and a perforated pull tab as they appeared...

Acacia Koa; Native Hawaiian Plant

Acacia Koa; Native Hawaiian Plant The Acacia koa is a large species of flowering tree categorized in the pea family. The koa tree is one of Hawaii’s most common tree. Growing naturally, koa is endemic to Hawai’i. It is a native plant exclusive to the...

Kākau Ancient Hawaiian Tattoo

Kākau Ancient Art Of Hawaiian Tattoo Born out of Polynesia, the ancient form of tattooing known as kākau and kā uhi, is as sacred to the Hawaiian people as hula, lei making and surfing. Traditional Kākau, Kā Uhi is an art that was nearly lost to Hawaiians, but many...

Hawaiian Hula Dance

Hawaiian Hula Dance Hula is the storytelling dance of the Hawaiian Islands and it’s people. Hula is a Polynesian dance form accompanied by chant or song (oli or mele). Hula was developed in the islands of Hawai’i by the Polynesian voyagers who originally...

King Kamehameha Day

King Kamehameha Day Celebration Hawai’i Honors Kamehameha The Great June 11th Kamehameha Day was established by royal decree on December 22, 1871 by King Kamehameha V as a national holiday. Kamehameha Day was created to honor the memory of Kamehameha, who united...

Hawaiian Demigod Māui

Hawaiian Demigod Māui; Half Man, Half God In Hawaiian religion, Māui is a culture hero and ancient chief who appears in several different genealogies. Fisherman Māui would go fishing in the broken coral reefs below Haleakala with his brothers. Māui was a poor...