With the beautiful island of O’ahu as your backdrop, Hawai‘i Nei introduces you to the cultural blend that makes Hawai‘i one of the most magical places on earth. Hawai‘i Nei adventures immerse you in authentic hosted experiences with kumu’s (masters), kahuna (wise elders) and gifted locals who share the secrets and magic of Hawai‘i. Our adventures explore the stories behind the story – from those who enrich the multi-ethnic culture, to exploration of the magnificent land and sea that create its natural beauty. Absorb this mystical lifestyle that helps keep the people of Hawai‘i among the healthiest in the world. Learn ancient beliefs, join in the practice of rituals for a full moon, witness and appreciate the sustainable land system of Ahupua’a from the mountain tops to the sea, participate in hands-on experiences that fill you with a sense of this place that is Hawai‘i Nei, our beloved Hawai‘i.
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Hawaii’s history and modern culture are inextricably linked to immigrants from around the world arriving on its shores, giving birth to the fantastic diversity of food, music, art, architecture and native rituals brought by each group. These contributions are woven into the tapestry of the Hawaiian lifestyle. Travelcations embraces this incredible ‘Hapa‘ [mixed] culture. Browse our uniquely curated History and Cultural experiences and learn why we love Hawai‘i Nei.
Hawai‘i boasts one of the healthiest populations in the US, attributed to active and engaged lifestyles, lots of outdoor time, strong family connections, and ethnic influences from long lived cultures. In addition, the strong cultural mix of healing practices are included in many local lifestyles. Tap the wisdom of these ancient practices. Explore Travelcations adventures that invoke ancient spirits, commune with healing powers emitting from volcanos, cliffs, valleys, and the sea. Behold the flowers and breathtaking beauty of this land, bringing you into the mystical heart of Hawai‘i.
Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, the fusion of locally grown food with asian and french influences, put Hawaii on the map for foodies several decades ago. These Chefs still practice their art in restaurants throughout Hawai‘i. Yet the more authentic food culture remained largely hidden away in private kitchens, food trucks and a few small eating places until recently. The ethnic mix of locals allows for fantastic blending of of Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Thai and Laotian, French, Mexican, and many other cuisines. Because Oahu has the largest numbers of people with the greatest diversity of all the Hawaiian islands, we can tap the best of Hawaii’s food culture. Travelcations introduces you to a number of truly unique food experiences with local cooks and chefs, and adds history and culture to the mix. Join us!
For many, the ocean represents the true magic of Hawai‘i. Here you can discover Hawai‘i Spinner Dolphins, Humpback Whales and Hawaiian sea turtles, along with many other creatures of the sea. There are no descriptions that can overstate the enchantment of encountering dolphins, whales and turtles. Believed to be sentient beings (meaning they have the capacity to not only think, but feel and experience), these creatures are home in the waters of Hawai‘i. Locals have long understood the joy and responsibility of sharing the ocean with these mammals and other sea creatures, and continuously look for ways to protect them for future generations. Visitor and native alike adopt a deep commitment to the ocean environment, and Travelcations has curated adventures that do this best.
Arriving in the islands more than 5,000 years ago, Polynesians introduced a system of land stewardship called Ahupua’a, honoring the integration of heaven and earth through the practice of land divisions going from the mountains to the sea. This mindset creates a sense of profound integration and responsibility for the health of ecosystems that enable humans and nature to live in harmony. Visit farmlands, learn about Ahupua’a, visit secret under-mountain tunnels, sacred fishponds and Hawai‘i’s Stonehenge.
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Schedule/Activity Changes During the Adventure Programs
Travelcations reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for these events at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external tours incorporated in our trips, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of an old activity for a new activity. The itinerary shown here provides an example of the anticipated daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.