Honolulu Became The Capital City of Hawaii, History Culture

The history culture says that in 1845 Honolulu officially replaced Maui as the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. With western influences, Hawaii and most importantly Pearl Harbor officially became a US territory in 1898. There were several arguments, failed bills and lots of political red tape that kept Hawaii from becoming a U.S. state. The gateway to allowing Hawaii to become an official state was tourism. After the Korean War and the attacks on Pearl Harbor, it became imminent to make Hawaii an official state.

In the seventies, the Hawaiian language was reintroduced back into preschools and is an important part of the heritage again. Within the language holds the stories, legends, the mythology, and traditions that Hawaii culture thrive upon. Hula lives within the language. Since the resurgence in the 1970’s, the University of Hawaii and many charter schools teach Hawaiian. It is an official Language of Hawaii.

Kumu Hula DJ Pelekai shares a brief history culture of the Hula

The importance of hula’s ancient and modern forms. Hula has been a deep traditional practice of Hawaii Nei as an oral method of remembering our past by retelling the stories of our ancestors through hand, foot and body movements. Before the introduction of the English language and the written word, stories were told in chants and later in dance. Today, you can literally understand the story through the hula and the dancer. The ancient or modern hula are very different from each other,  however, both are absolutely beautiful to watch.

Luaus

The luau is an important part of Hawaiian culture. They have been with the culture for hundreds of years. These luaus are usually accompanied by some kind of entertainment complete with hula dancers for your viewing pleasure. Today tourist arrives in the islands already with a booking at Hula show. This is where they can learn the most basic of hulas like The Little Grass Shack.

The Merrie Monarch Festival

The Merrie Monarch festival began in 1971 and features thousands of dancers from all over the states, honoring the Hawaiian tradition of hula. Located in Hilo on the big island of Hawaii it is a week-long cultural event. The festival honors King David Kalakaua who is named the Merrie Monarch. In 1830, Ka’ahumanu, the queen regent and a convert to Christianity, issued an edict banning public hula performances,  It was Kalakaua who brought back the hula to its rightful position.

Many visitors spend an entire year saving up for this historical event. Getting a hotel room or rental cars is a challenge if you wait too late. Those who participate know to make reservations a year in advance.

 

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