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Experience Global Resorts The Culture Of Maui

Feb 20, 2008
The culture of Hawaii is alive and well on Maui. The traditional Hawaiian Lei is presented to visitors as an introduction to the lavish cultural traditions of Maui. The lei, a floral garland placed around the neck, is a sign of honor and a special welcome, goodbye or gift of love. It is the physical expression of Aloha!

The melodic sound of the Hawaiian language is still heard on Maui. Familiarity with a few Hawaiian phrases is helpful for visitors of Maui. Most visitors are familiar with Aloha which means hello, goodbye and is an expression of "I love you" all rolled into one. Mahola, meaning thank you, is also often heard. Perhaps most important are the words kane (man) and wahine (woman) since those are the only words on some restroom doors on Maui.

Maui visitors learn about more about historical Hawaiian culture, the history of Maui and about life on Maui today through a variety of entertainment opportunities.

The Hawaiian tradition of a luau is well known. The luau is a celebration or feast featuring traditional Hawaiian music, culture and food. No visit to Maui is complete without attending a luau. Guests at a luau can expect to dress comfortably. Men generally wear a tropical print style shirt and many women choose to wear a muumuu or similar island inspired dress.

Luaus are held at night featuring fast-paced entertainment. Traditionally a luau is held on the beach or within view of the ocean. Hula dancers, traditional music and Hawaiian food immerse luau guests in the cultural history of Maui. Some luaus include fire dancers although this is a Polynesian, rather than Hawaiian, tradition.

Maui luaus are generally all you can eat and drink (including alcohol). Diners can expect their Maui luau feast to include Kalua Pig, Chicken Luau, Hawaiian sweet potatoes, Poi and Poke.

Old Lahaina Luau on Front Street in Lahaina is considered to have the best luau on Maui. The food and show have the most authentic Hawaiian feel on Maui. The Hyatt Luau, also in West Maui, is considered the second best on Maui although seating is not within ocean view.

Many Maui hotels also host luaus but the schedules vary. Attending a luau on Maui is a family affair with children always welcome. Without a doubt, a luau is the most fun way to experience the food and culture of Maui.

Maui has a rich history dating back to the King Kamehameha the Great. A walking tour of the village of Lahaina introduces visitors to the varied history of Maui. The Old Courthouse, the Old Fort and other historic building tell the story of an evolving Maui.

As the economy of Maui changed, agriculture became a key industry. The Maui Tropical Plantation offers a 40-minute narrated tram tour of its 60 acres describing how sugarcane, macadamia nuts and other products contribute to the economy of Maui. Near the Maui Tropical Plantation is the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Mill Museum where visitors can learn more about the sugar story on Maui.

Visitors to Maui in late September through mid-October can enjoy the Aloha Festivals. This cultural celebration of the music, dance and history of Hawaii is held annually on Maui as well as Lanai and Molokai. Many talented artists call Maui home and local galleries, including one located in the Old Courthouse in Lahaina, display their works for visitors to enjoy.

Maui blends old and new seamlessly. Visitors will find a wealth of opportunities to experience the culture and history of Maui in entertaining and engaging ways.
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