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Friday, September 22, 2017

Whales: Sacred Hawaiian Symbols

Just like human vacationers, whales travel thousands of miles with their families to the tropical coasts of Hawaii. Residents are overjoyed to greet the whales each year, and Hawaiian natives celebrate their arrival with a warm welcome. The deep connections between the culture and whales has transformed the animals into powerful Hawaiian symbols.
Whales: Sacred Hawaiian Symbols with rainbow

Cultural Connection

The strong spiritual connections native Hawaiians have with all forms of life can be seen in their traditions and cultural symbols. Hawaiian creation stories describe an undeniable bond between the people and the environment in which they live.

The phrase aumakua, formed from the words for traveling (au) and ancestors (makua), refers to the ancestral spirits who watch over families and protect villages. In the Hawaiian culture, it is believed that the ancestors' spirits take the form of animals such as whales and appear to their descendants to provide spiritual guidance. These appearances form a strong connection between the physical and spiritual worlds.

Hawaiian Name for Whales

Hawaiians have a special term for whales as sacred Hawaiian symbols, Kohola, which refers to both humpback whales and the flat reefs that resemble the profile of swimming whales. From a distance, the spray of the waves on the reef and the spray from the whale’s blowhole look very similar.

Indulge in Hawaiian Culture with Whale Watching

In Kauai, whale watching is an excellent way for visitors to share the deep connection Hawaiians feel with these magnificent animals. Observers have the option to stay dry on shore or take part in an offshore excursion. Both options offer an excellent chance to witness these massive marine mammals as they swim through the warm Hawaiian waters. Popular spots in Kauai to whale watch are Poipu Beach Park and the Kilauea Point Lighthouse, which is officially designated as a humpback whale marine sanctuary.

Call Kauai Vacation Rentals to Witness the Beauty of These Hawaiian Symbols!

At Kauai Vacation Rentals, we want all of our guests to experience the natural beauty and ancient cultures of Hawaii! We can’t wait to share our love of Hawaii’s traditional food, art, music and the natural wonder of our whales returning to the island waters each year. Contact us today to book your next vacation!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Cultural Attractions on Kauai You Have to Visit!

Discover the many cultural attractions on Kauai on your next vacation! Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the island through unique attractions and historical towns found there.
A small coastal city on the coast, just one of the Cultural Attractions on Kauai.

Hanapepe Town

Flourishing as one of Kauai’s largest communities, Hanapepe Town sits on the south shore. From World War I to the early 1950s, the west side of Hanapepe was known as one of Kauai’s busiest towns and filled with soldiers.

Today, the preservation of the historical buildings and authentic feel that the town oozes resulted in inspiration for films. Disney used Hanapepe as a model for “Lilo & Stitch.”  The plantation-style buildings are home to charming shops, local eateries and more art galleries than any other spot on Kauai. In addition to spending the day in Hanapepe Town, you can satisfy your craving for Hawaiian culture with other attractions there and on Kauai. 

Celebrate the Artists of Kauai 

One well-known cultural attraction in Hanapepe Town is the Art Walk that takes place every Friday evening. During the event, guests can immerse themselves in Kauai’s artistic culture. As you roam the streets and meander through the shops, meet and have fun with local artists, musicians, photographers, painters, sculptors and craftsmen. Include this on your list of cultural attractions to experience on Kauai!

Hanapepe Swinging Bridge

This historic town includes the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge, one of its most popular attractions. Built in the early 1900s, the bridge originally became a way for residents to cross the river. Hurricane Iniki damaged the bridge requiring restoration and reinforcement. Today, this swinging bridge welcomes frequent visitors who love the adrenaline rush when it rocks. It’s especially popular with children.

Waimea Canyon

The historic seaport town of Waimea Canyon sits near where Captain James Cook, a British explorer first landed in Hawaii in 1776. Today, this local community features a variety of small shops and businesses. While visiting be sure to stop by the West Kauai Technology and Visitors Center! Its featured exhibits, programs and weekly activities reflect the diversity of Kauai’s agricultural community.

Get Ready to Experience these Cultural Attractions on Kauai!

Kauai residents treasure their island’s rich culture and history every day. When you visit you’ll discover what makes Kauai so special by visiting these attractions and learning more about our magnificent Garden Island! Book your next vacation with Kauai Vacation Rentals!