Hawaiian Cultural Heritage
Hawai’i has a rich cultural heritage dating back to the first settlers 800 – 1200 years ago. The Hawaiian people and the place of Hawaii itself are knit tightly together, with the both the ‘aina (land) and kanaka (people) contributing.
Religion was the paramount aspect of Hawaiian life, permeating every daily activity, every aspect of secular affairs, and every significant event, such as birth, marriage, death, house construction, fishing, agriculture, and war. Read the rest of A Cultural History of Three Traditional Hawaiian Sites on the West Coast of Hawai'i Island at http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/kona/history1h.htm
La'aloa means "very sacred" in Hawaiian. Often called "White Sands," "Magic Sands," or "Disappearing Sands," this small, fun beach on the main drag in Kona is one of our favorites. So-named for the fact that the beach's sand comes and goes seemingly overnight when big storms come, when the sand is in, it is a great place to relax and play in the shore break. La'aloa was an ahupua'a--an historic land division--which still has some retained Hawaiian rights today. You...
The Hawaiian Language (??lelo Hawai?i) came from other Polynesian languages in the South Pacific like Tahitian and Marquesan and is the state's official language along with English.
The largest concentration of petroglyphs in the Pacific (over 3,000 carvings) is on the Big Island near the small town of Puako. Petroglyphs, or kii pohaku, are lava rock carvings etched into stone by Native Hawaiians.
Captain James Cook and his ships, the Resolution and Discovery, entered the sheltered waters of Kealakekua Bay (Path of the Gods) on the morning of Jan 17, 1779, during the height of a local religious festival.
Kealakekua Bay is a sacred and beautiful place. We are privileged to enjoy it and share it with others. This sweet pocket of historical importance, unmatched snorkeling, and onshore adventure is the most protected deep water bay in all of Hawaii.