What Makes Hawaii so Popular?

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Hawaii’s natural beauty

Hawaii’s clear sea, blue sky, and tropical climate. The perfect place for a nice, relaxing vacation. Everyone knows about the rich culture and delicious food along with the stunning beaches, volcanoes, wildlife, and climate. These wonderful aspects spread among eight main islands, Hawaii, Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai, and Niihau. Oahu is the home to the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu, and it surely attracts many tourists.

The Hawaiian language has been around since the first Hawaiians were living on the islands. In 1839, in response to the annexation of Hawaii by the U.S., King Kamehameha established the Hawaiian language to be the official language of Hawaii to guarantee that the Hawaiian people wouldn’t lose their land.  

The hula dance is much more than just a folk dance. It is an interpretive dance that was created to tell stories and preserve and retell tales of their ancestors. There are many legends saying otherwise, but the Polynesians, the people who originally settled the Hawaiian islands, are most logically the ones who created the famous hula. Luaus were very traditional feasts where men and women danced to the hula and celebrated their intricate culture. 

Food is another thing that Hawaii is known for. Their pineapples, poke bowls, and kalua pork. Pineapples from South America adapted incredibly well to Hawaii’s climate when brought over by the Spanish. So much so that Hawaii became the leading exporter of the delicious fruit. Poke bowls are another popular dish in Hawaii and in many other countries as well. It was initially an appetizer and consisted of some type of raw fish, which was seasoned and served with seaweed. At luaus, a different form of meat was served called kalua and in Hawaiian, kalua means “cooking in an underground oven.” Kalua turkey and pig were the most common dishes, and it could take up to three hours before it was ready to go.

The stunning beaches, volcanoes, wildlife, and climate play a big part in the popularity of Hawaii. The beaches and climate are what make Hawaii a relaxing getaway, and everyone is always hoping to get a glimpse of the spectacular wildlife. The dormant volcanoes always make a great adventure for the daring souls that want to experience Hawaii from another perspective.

With Hawaii’s amazing terrain, delicious food, and complex culture, it is so many people’s dream vacation to relax and leave the whole world behind them.