Guide to The Hawaiian Islands : Oahu Vacation Planner 2017-2018
Culture discover Museums, Galleries and Theatres From fine to fun, marvelous to modern, O‘ahu has a plethora of art museums, galleries and theatres for you to explore. Hawai‘i State Art Museum A combination of Hawaiian ethnic and cultural art along with modern pieces by local artists, Honolulu’s museum provides opportunities for insight and inspiration. Honolulu Museum of Art Recognized for its vast collections of Asian, American and European art, the Honolulu Museum of Art holds six garden courtyards surrounding the 30 galleries. Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House View exotic exhibits at the outdoor displays of contemporary art at the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House. Downtown and First Fridays Check out live music, film screenings and art exhibitions at Downtown Honolulu’s bars and lounges. On the first Friday of the month, be sure visit First Fridays, when the area’s galleries, museums, studios, cafes, bistros and 60 gohawaii.com/oahu The Language of Hawai‘i The two official languages of Hawai‘i are Hawaiian (‘ōlelo 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 a consonant. The ‘okina and kahakō ( ˉ ), or macron, change the pronunciation and meaning of a word. Honolulu Museum of Art antique stores provide street entertainment. Shangri La Take a guided tour (available through the Honolulu Museum of Art) of Doris Duke’s extensive collection of Islamic art in her former home, Shangri La, while enjoying expansive views of the Pacific Ocean and Lē‘ahi, or Diamond Head. Hawai‘i Theatre The neoclassical Hawai‘i Theatre, built in 1922, is a beautiful, state-of-the-art performance center. This theatre, otherwise known as the “Pride of the Pacific,” features everything from plays and silent films, to musicals, ballets and concerts. It functions as an immensely popular multi-purpose arts center with a classically designed exterior. @oahuvb Kumu Kahua Theatre In 1971, the Kumu Kahua Theatre was founded as the first theatre on the island to entirely dedicate its efforts to telling the stories of Hawai‘i— from the history, to its future to presentday life. Today, the theatre remains true to its values as you can see for yourself. Catch any one of these entertaining and oneof-a-kind performances during your stay on O‘ahu and you are sure to enjoy an evening of authentic aloha. Diamond Head Theatre Five minutes from Waikīkī, Hawai‘i’s oldest performing arts center presents popular plays and musicals from September through July. The Hawaiian language has 18 sounds: • a like a in above • ā like a in far • e like e in bet • ē like ay in pay • i like y in city • ī like ee in see • o like o in low • ō like o in sole • u like oo in hoot • ū ūlike oo in moon • Plus, he, ke, la, mu, nu, pi, we and w with a v sound. 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 • Pau: finished • Wahine: woman You can find the Hawaiian dictionary at wehewehe.org.
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