Aloha! Welcome to Hawaii! Presented by: Lindsey S., Breanne S., and Emily W.
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!
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).
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.
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:
2) Auana (form most commonly viewed by public)
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
Resources for Children
Disney’s Lilo and Stitch Movie
A is for Aloha (Hawaiian Alphabet Book)
Volcano Books (Shows how islands formed)
Drawing Book (Has a How-to Draw for the state bird, tree, and much more!)