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Say Mahalo to the 5 most incredible traditions in Hawaii

Traditional MusicTraditional MusicOf course, when you stay near a beach and can always hear the beautiful sound of the water hitting the shores, music in it, you just cannot stay but form music of your own. The natives have done precisely that and you can just imagine them, on a beautiful starry Hawaiian night surround a bon fire and sing and enjoy.The basis of their traditional music is formed by the percussions. Made of mainly the hardened shells of coconuts and sometimes from hides of animals, you can simply her chants and different lyrics in the native language chanting away about famous heads of the Hawaiian history along with the different kinds of ceremonies and customs.HulaHulaWhere there is music, dance can hardly be far away. In fact, the strangest thing about this land from far away is that dance generated much before the music did. A unique dance form in itself, most of you would have seen the modern and modified version of this art form called Hula Auwana. This dance is certainly more playful and is a description of a free life in Hawaii.However, the traditional form of dance, Hula Kahiko is slightly different and in fact more suggestive of what the message is. Dismissed as a pagan ritual in the early 19th century, it was nevertheless revived in the late 19th century again, about a period of 50 years.There is also a charming tale connected to the dance form. It is said that the mystique Goddess of Fire, Pele had ordered her sister, Laka to dance. Ever since then several schools were set up.LuaLuaThis art form which roughly translates as ‘forbidden marshal art’ is short for Pa Kaialua or Kapu Kuialua. Initially it was strictly taught to the chief or highest members of the family. It was forbidden to be taught to anyone else, like the society in general.In fact, this form of fighting had rules such as the shaved heads of the warriors and of course plenty of oils in their bodies. The simple sense being that it will be easier to escape that way.This form of fighting can be traced to really ancient times and include elements from other forms of fighting like aikido, karate, jujutsu and judo.Kapa MakingKapa MakingThis is a type of clothes made from the bark of a tree which used to be made by the native women of the villages. Long drawn and tiring, the choice for such clothes was usually wauke or paper mulberry and breadfruit trees.Lei MakingLei MakingThis is a type of garland, made with flowers, leaves or dried nuts of the trees. You have of course seen many wear them around their necks. The procedure is simple and involves multiple or single stands of individual flowers stringed together. ]]>

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