Did you know Hawaii was the first state to ban billboards?
Leave broken appliances on your driveway, it will be gone by morning!
Don’t take sand from the beach or lava rocks from the Big Island. Bad things will happen to you until you return it. Pele the fire goddess will curse you!
Don’t wear shoes in the house, it is bad luck.
Posing for a picture with three people, avoid the middle. Filipinos believe the middle position will die first.
A person’s humility is generally deemed a more valuable characteristic than a person’s connections or financial worth. Wearing flashy clothes or name-dropping in Hawaii can be perceived as arrogance rather than pride.
The shaka hand grew in popularity across Hawai‘i in the mid-20th century thanks in part to used car salesman David “Lippy” Espinda, who was the first to link the gesture to the word—which is not actually Hawaiian in origin, but more likely Japanese. As a sign-off for his 1960s television ads, Espinda would throw a shaka and then say his catchphrase: “shaka, brah!” In the 1970s and 1980s, the gesture also featured prominently in reelection campaign ads for Frank Fasi, Honolulu’s longest-serving mayor. While Fasi and Espinda helped make the shaka hand more recognizable in Hawai‘i, surfing’s surge in popularity in the 1950s and 1960s helped export the gesture abroad. As Tamba puts it, “surfing spread it more than anything else.”
Have you ever consumed one of the most popular Hawaiian drinks, the Lava Lava? Once you find out the ingredients, I am certain you will try one. Start with an ounce of vodka, add an ounce of Kahlua, then a “dash” of vanilla ice cream (I always ask for a full scoop), and half a banana. Then blend. Doesn’t that sound tasty?
Hawaiian women used to bury their placentas after childbirth under trees. This was to keep the childʻs spirit connected to their home, and so that their soul would never be hungry or homeless when they passed away.
It was believed that if you died in your sleep, then your soul would be taken from your body if your feet were facing the door. To avoid this, Hawaiians never sleep with their feet facing the doorways in their houses.
A few years ago, the sports talk station interviewed retired Warrior coach Don Nelson. He lives in Maui now, and apparently plays poker on a regular basis. He mentioned that two of his card playing buddies for that particular evening were none other than Willie Nelson, and Paul Simon. Now, I would pay to see that!
If you have not already done so, take the sunrise hike up the Diamond Head crater. It is simply magnificent.