Aloha - Hello in Hawaiian
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Aloha is a common greeting in Hawaiian. We present to you some interesting information about Hawaii.
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The Hawaiian language is a Polynesian language of the Austronesian language family that takes its name from Hawaii, the largest island in the tropical North Pacific archipelago where it developed.
Here are some mind-blowing facts about the Hawaiian language and Hawaii,
The Hawaiian alphabet has 13 letters and is written in the Latin script.
Since 1978, Hawaiian, along with English, is an official language of the state of Hawaii, which makes Hawaii the only US state that has two official languages.
On the island of Ni’ihau, Hawaiian still reigns supreme. It’s home to fewer than 170 people who speak Hawaiian as the language of everyday life.
Aloha is used as a greeting to say Hello, but it also means love, affection, peace, mercy, and "to be in the presence of the divinity."
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Surfing was invented in Hawaii. And, the modern sport of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), which is immensely popular worldwide, also originated here.
According to Hawaiian tradition, people happily share nature’s bounty without wasting anything. For example, if someone has a backyard tree that produces “too much” fruit, they take a box to work, drop some off for neighbors, or give it away to others who will enjoy it. The rule is simple, enjoy nature’s gifts take just enough not a bagful.
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The real delight of Hawaii is in its authentic food palette, and to taste its shades you may need to be a little experimental. You can start the journey of taste with dishes like kalua pork, chicken long rice, squid luau, poi, laulau, and Lomi Lomi salmon - a legitimate Hawaiian meal to meet the grace of the islands. Apart from that, you can try Spam Musubi, a snack (combination of rice, fried Spam and dried seaweed); Manapua, a staple food (pillowy buns filled with char siu, chicken or beans); Loco Moco (combination of Rice, hamburger patty, fried egg, and gravy); Plate Lunch, A healthy meal consists of white rice, macaroni salad, and a meat of your choosing, maybe Mahi Mahi, fried chicken or teriyaki beef; Saimin (Hawaiian version of classic noodle); Poke (fresh, raw seafood marinated in sauce); and Shave Ice, finely shaven snow cone topped with flavored syrup you can also level it up with ice cream, mochi balls, azuki beans or condensed milk.
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We have made a list of places where you can enjoy the true beauty of this magnificent tropical climate. The places are Pearl Harbor, a National Historic Landmark and the largest natural harbor in Hawaii; Diamond Head State Monument, the most recognizable of Hawaii's natural landmarks; Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, a place to enjoy the reef and its many inhabitants; The Shangri-La museum, featuring the complete collection of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art; Iolani Palace, a fine example of impressive Neoclassical architecture; Bishop Museum and Hawaii's state museum, featuring one of the best collection of Polynesian arts and artifacts, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Museum of Art, Aloha Tower, Lyon Arboretum and Manoa Falls.
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To get engaged with the culture of Hawaii, you can take participate in their festivals. Some of the happening festivals are Aloha Festivals, a month-long celebration of Hawaiian culture, people, history, and customs; Honolulu Festival, a three-day extravaganza aimed at showcasing the lively Asian, Pacific, and Hawaiian cultures through music, dance, arts, crafts, special exhibits, and presentations; Made in Hawaii Festival, the state’s largest exhibition of Hawaii made products; Hawaii International Film Festival, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Hawaii Songwriting Festival.
Hope you like it, if you know any other fascinating facts about Hawaii, let us all know!