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  • 1. Aloha! Welcome to Hawaii! Presented by: Lindsey S., Breanne S., and Emily W.
  • 2. A Short Introduction
    • Hawaii consists of 8 main islands, but overall, there are 132 islands!
    • Hawaii is associated with the Polynesians and is often categorized with other islands of similar cultures.
    • Hawaii became part of the US in 1959.
    • Hawaii used to have Kings and Queens! The last, and first, queen was Queen Lili’uokalani.
    • Hawaii has no ethnic majority!
  • 3. Let’s have a Luau
    • Many people have heard of the Hawaiian luaus and have been to luau-themed parties, but what does an authentic luau consist of?
      • When guests arrive, a lei (necklace of flowers) is placed around their neck as a symbol of affection
      • The feast is eaten while seated on the ground.
      • Luaus began around the rule of King Kamehameha II
      • Originally, women and men ate separately, but these laws were abolished around 1819.
      • Luaus are named after the main dish of the feast, which is called luau (chicken wrapped in a large leaf).
  • 4. Religious Beliefs
    • Hawaii has several gods, and most of them have to do with nature.
    • The main god, Ku, is the god of war.
    • The main goddess is called Pele. She is the goddess of fire and lava. The ancient Hawaiians believed that she is the cause of lava and creation of the islands.
      • They also believed that she required human sacrifices.
  • 5. Common Instruments
  • 6. The Hula
    • Form of dance revived by King David Kalakaua in 1821.
    • In ancient times, the chants were the main importance and focus of the hula, however, the movements now hold most of the meaning.
    • There are two main forms:
      • 1) Kahiko
      • 2) Auana (form most commonly viewed by public)
  • 7. Traditional Costumes
    • Pau’u Skirt
    Traditional skirts are made from leaves of the tapa plant. They are not the typical grass skirts that you see at parties with a luau theme. During the hula, leis are worn on the head and shoulders. Anklets, or kupea, are worn and made of dog-teeth or whale bone
  • 8. Traditional Food
    • Poi
  • 9. Resources for Children
    • Disney’s Lilo and Stitch Movie
    • A is for Aloha (Hawaiian Alphabet Book)
    • Hawai’I
    • Volcano Books (Shows how islands formed)
    • Drawing Book (Has a How-to Draw for the state bird, tree, and much more!)
  • 10. Resources
    • It’s My State: Hawaii
    • A is for Aloha
    • Hawai’I
    • Volcanoes
    • How to Draw Hawaii’s Sights and Symbols