Polynesians were the first settlers to reach these breathtaking tropical islands, but modern Hawaiian culture is inextricably linked to the diverse ethnic contributions of people that make up Hawaii today. Polynesians engaged in ancient fishing, agriculture and healing rituals and practices 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 economy and landscape, giving birth to the fantastic cultural diversity of food, music, art, architecture and native rituals brought by each group, 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, brought to Hawaii from China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. Hawaii today embraces this incredible ‘Hapa’ culture and below are Travelcations’ uniquely curated cultural immersion experiences, and for you to understand why we love Hawaii Nei.
Read about and join us on our exclusive cultural tour adventures hosted by Kumu Ramsay Taum. The title of Kumu is awarded by elders to designate mastery as a teacher and a keeper of essential Hawaiian knowledge. Travelcations is delighted and privileged to offer adventures with this inspiring speaker, teacher, writer and recognized transformational thought leader.