The threshold may then be crossed; the kapu are amama(done, finished). One of many ways to experience a slice of Island culture, the lu’au (LOO-ow) is a Hawaiian tradition: a feast to celebrate accomplishments, honor important people and commemorate great events.In old Hawaii it was a time to pay homage to ancestral gods with song, dance and offerings of food, a grand celebration that sometimes lasted for days.For many a lu’au is a chance to relax and enjoy family and friends with good food and music.This spirit prevails in nearly every aspect of life in Hawaii.Wearing slippers (and knowing when not to Hawaii residents are quite possibly the planet’s least concerned about what they wear on their feet.
Leis are normally worn around the neck and can be made of tropical flowers (such as the fragrant tuberose or plumeria), maile (green, shiny leaves), or nuts and berries.
The most casual of footwear (next to bare feet), slippers are worn out to dinner, school, family functions and the fancy kine, at least even occasionally to church and the office.
Two things to keep in mind in the Islands: take off your slippers and other footwear when entering someone’s home, and always be prepared, with an extra pair, for slipper “blow-out.” The Hawaiian blessing When a place of business or a new home opens its doors, it is common to have the location blessed by a Hawaiian kahu (guardian or minister).
James Cook’s arrival in 1779 — most of them explorers, Christian missionaries, businessmen, whalers, plantation workers and, more recently, those simply seeking a better way of life.
This convergence of foods, languages, religions and family values with the native Hawaiian culture has resulted in a blend of centuries-old traditions that today largely typifies the distinct character that is called the “Hawaiian Island lifestyle.” Read about a few of these customs: Giving leis In Hawaii it is customary to give a lei as a gesture of congratulations and aloha (love) to those celebrating a milestone or receiving an honor.