Polynesians were the first settlers to reach our tropical islands, but modern Hawaiian culture is inextricably linked to the diverse ethnic contributions of people that make up Hawaii’s local population today. Polynesians engaged in ancient fishing, agriculture and healing rituals that are fun and enlightening to explore. Hawaii was once a Monarchy with fascinating stories to be told. Whaling, sugar cane and pineapple industries shaped Hawaii’s early immigration, economy and landscape, giving birth to the fantastic cultural diversity of food, music, art, architecture brought by each group. These are now woven into the tapestry of the Hawaiian lifestyle. Native Hawaiians were tapped by plantation owners to work in the cane and pineapple fields, but because so many died from foreign diseases, plantations were forced to look afar for workers from China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. Hawaii today embraces this incredible ‘Hapa‘ (mixed) culture. Travelcations’ has selected cultural experiences to help you immerse in this culture so you understand why we love Hawaii Nei, which translates to ‘Our Beloved Hawaii‘.
In addition to sponsored Lu’au’s and other cultural tours, Travelcations is privileged to offer adventures with the inspiring teacher, writer and recognized transformational thought leader Kumu Ramsay Taum. The title of Kumu is awarded by elders to designate mastery as a teacher and a keeper of essential Hawaiian knowledge. Ask us about these exceptional private tours.