Guide to The Hawaiian Islands : Oahu Vacation Planner 2016-2017
877-525-OAHU 61 Hula Nothing is quite as universally symbolic of the Hawaiian Islands as the art of hula. While other Pacific cultures have unique dance traditions, hula is unique to Hawai'i and has become an embodiment of the aloha spirit, treasured and enjoyed by all who experience it. You may see two different forms of hula while visiting our islands. Hula kahiko (traditional hula) is accompanied by chants and percussion sounds mimicking wind and surf, while hula 'auana (modern hula), on the other hand, often includes singing and musical instruments. Both forms convey the essence of aloha---great love, caring, sharing, charity, kindness, compassion, mercy and humility. Costume is also important in hula--- look for both male and female dancers adorned with lei, anklets, shells, feathers and flowers. Wherever you experience hula 'auana (modern hula), feel free to shout "Hana hou!" after the performance is finished, if you like what you see. The phrase is a great compliment to the dancers, meaning "Encore!" The Language of Hawai'i The two official languages of Hawai'i are Hawaiian ('olelo Hawai'i) and English. The Hawaiian language is a Polynesian dialect with only 13 letters in its alphabet: A, E, H, I, K, L, M, N O, P, U, W and the 'okina ('). The 'okina is a glottal stop, like the sound between the ohs in oh-oh, and is considered a consonant. The 'okina and kahakō ( ˉ ), or macron, change the pronunciation and meaning of a word. The Hawaiian language has 18 sounds: • alikeainabove • ālikeainfar • elikeeinbet • ēlikeayinpay • ilikeyincity • īlikeeeinsee • olikeoinlow • ōlikeoinsole • ulikeooinhoot • ūūlikeooinmoon • Plus, he, ke, la, mu, nu, pi, weandwwithavsound. Some vowels are diphthongs, forming a single sound as in ai in Waikīkī. In general, the consonants are pronounced as in English with the exception of w. W can be either a v or w sound. We'd recommend keeping the following in your word bank: • Aloha: a reciprocal greeting of affection; hello, good-bye and so much more • Kāne: man • Keiki: child • Lei: a garland given for any occasion; traditionally flower, seed, shell, nut, feathers, and various forms of foliage • Mahalo: thank you; respect • 'Ohana: family • Pa u : finished • Wahine: woman You can find the Hawaiian dictionary at wehewehe.org. PIDGIN ENGLISH The range of diverse cultures that flocked to O'ahu's plantations created what is known today as Hawaiian Pidgin English, often used in everyday conversation. Tor Johnson How are you? Delicious!
Island of Hawaii Travel Planner 2017-2018