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									      A Trip to Hawaii

Things the Three Little Pigs and the
    Magic Shark didn’t tell you!
•   The Hawaiian Islands, once known as the Sandwich Islands, form an
    archipelago or chain of nineteen islands in the Pacific Ocean.
•   The Hawaiian Islands are the exposed peaks of a great undersea mountain
    range that was formed by volcanic activity.
•   They are almost 2000 miles from the nearest continent and are the most
    isolated (alone) group of islands on Earth.
               Hawaiian Beaches

Oahu, Hawaii                           Maui Hawaii

                  Big Island, Hawaii

  A favorite
 way to see
 the variety
of landscape
in Hawaii is
  to take a
       Hawaii Surfing

Hawaii surfing has long been part of Polynesian culture. A sport reserved
for royalty, the ancients would move from their winter homes in the north
shore to their summer homes in the south of the islands to pick up the
best waves all year round. The sport was popularized by Olympic
swimmer Duke Kahanamoku in the 1920's.
Volcanic Eruption
                        Volcanic Islands
Many of the original volcanoes that formed the islands are now dormant or
 sleeping and look like nothing more than a mountain, but some are still
                 active and they regularly spew out lava.
Hawaiian Rainforest
                     Animals of Hawaii
• Wild animals are found on six of the islands—Hawaii, Maui, Oahu,
  Kauai, Molokai, and Lanai. They include deer, wild goats, and wild
  pigs. No snakes (except for one very small species) are found on the
  islands. The only land reptiles are small lizards and toads. More than
  60 percent of the nearly 90 native bird species and more than half of
  about 24 native land and marine mammals, reptiles, and amphibians
  are threatened, endangered, or extinct.

                    The Hawaiian Goose or Nene
                         Hawaii's State Bird
                       Feral Pigs
• Feral pigs are causing harm to the Hawaiian rain forest and other
  Hawaiian land. Although pigs were brought to the Hawaiian Islands by
  Polynesians as early as the fourth century A.D., the current severe
  environmental damage by pigs apparently began much more recently
  and seems to be because non-Polynesian types of pigs were brought
  to the area. Polynesian pigs were much smaller, more docile, and less
  prone to taking up a wild existence
                           Sea Life

The warm waters surrounding Hawaii are home to an incredible
 number fish, coral and mammal species. Due to the archipelago's
isolation, approximately 30% of the reef fish are endemic to Hawaii.
               Polynesian Heritage
Hawaiian people are of Polynesian heritage. Today they share many of their
   ancient customs, dress, and ceremonies at shows around the islands.
                                   Hawaiian Luau
 A Luau is a Hawaiian feast. Before the Polynesian people of Hawaii came in contact with
 the rest of the world, they called these important feasts aha ‘ aina. They marked special
 occasions such as launching a new canoe or finishing something important like becoming a
full warrior. Originally the foods all had symbolism (some might represent strength, others
       patience, etc.) and everyone was supposed to contribute to making the feast.
 About 150 years ago the feast started to be called Luau after a green leaf which is similar
                      to spinach and is often used in Hawaiian cooking.
                            Hawaiian Hula
               Hula is the soul of Hawaii expressed in motion.
               Hawaiians agree that the first hula was performed by
               a god or goddess which makes the dance a sacred

Hawaiian hula is unique and totally different from other Polynesian dances. Although it
began as a form of worship during religious ceremonies, it gradually evolved into a
form of entertainment.
Every movement in hula has a specific meaning, and every expression of the dancer's
hands has great significance. The movements of a dancer's body might represent
certain plants, animals, and even war. For example, in imitating a shark or waving palm
tree, the true hula dancer believes he or she becomes the shark or palm.
                                          Chants accompany the movements and help
                                          tell the dancer's story. Traditionally it was not
                                          the dancer's hands but the words that counted
                                          the most. Today, because so few understand
                                          the language of the chants, increasing
                                          emphasis has been placed on movements and
                                          The costumes of the ancient dancers consisted
                                          of leis for the head and shoulders, pau or skirt
                                          (made out of tapa), and kupea or anklets
                                          fashioned out of dog-teeth or whale bone.
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