My presentation will be about my passion for learning about the Hawaiian culture. By travelling to this tropical paradise, my curiosity about the original Polynesian civilization has forever left an imprint in my mind.
Where is Hawaii located? <ul><li>Hawaii is located in the Central Pacific Ocean. This state is made up of eight small islands. These islands consist of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui and Hawaii. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, Hawaii is located about 2,400 miles southwest of the actual continent of the United States. </li></ul>
History of Hawaii Before Hawaii was officially discovered by a European named Capitan James Cook in 1779, the first to set foot in Hawaii were the Polynesian people. Most of Hawaii’s history is not written down. Their culture has been much preserved through chants and legends. Many of theses stories have been lost over time, thus leaving missing links to a lot of Hawaii’s history. James Cook named Hawaii the ‘Sandwich Islands’. Hawaii officially became the 50 th state of the USA in 1959.
The Hula The Hula was first preformed by a god or goddess for religious ceremonies and sacred rituals. It is a Hawaiian dance that tells an important story or teaches a valuable lesson. Each hand motion and gesture expresses the words of the song or chant that was being recited. During the 19 th century, the Hula was almost vanished because the missionaries found it to be “sexual”. In the late 1800s, King David Kalakuna saved the Hula by performing it in front of a large crowd.
Surfing in Hawaii Hawaii is one of the best surf spots the world. From beginners to professionals, there is a place somewhere in Hawaii that has the waves to suit certain skill levels. From October to May, surfers will find the best waves on the South Shores of Waikiki Beach. Maui is one of the best spots to surf during the winter for all surfers. For the best conditions, surfing in the morning and evening will give the best waves.