Hawaiians are inspired by their love of the land, a strong cultural identity, and a supreme connection with ancestors. The story of Hawai’i and its people are brought to life in a colorful seven-day itinerary presented by GlobeBleu.
Travelers spend four nights in Oahu and three nights in Maui. In Oahu, the journey begins in downtown Honolulu with a tour of the opulent Iolani Palace. Built in the mid-1800’s, the Kings and Queens of Hawai’i lived here with their chiefs and nobles. A private tour chronicles the legacy of the monarchy to include a viewing of the jewels and crowns worn by Hawaii’s last royals.
The discovery continues at a location considered the most important ancient cultural site in Oahu, the Kukaniloko Birthing Stones State Monument. For 900 years plus, more than 180 sacred stones have marked the five-acre spot where royals gave birth. Children born at this sacred place were guaranteed a high-ranking status in society.
The itinerary includes chapters in Hawaii ’s more recent past with tours of Pearl Harbor, where the U.S.A. officially entered World War ll in 1941 after the attack on the naval base. Several monuments commemorate the event. Perhaps the most well-known is the U.S.S. Arizona. The actual monument is built above the sunken battleship. A historian details the events of that day while on board the ferry taking passengers to the site, considered hallowed ground by many Americans.
In Maui, enjoy a traditional luau. Hawaiians consider the luau to be a feast of life, and a way to mark milestones: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or to celebrate a successful harvest. The luau centers on a meal of roasted pig prepared in a traditional underground oven and may also include hula dancing, storytelling and a musical performance. Maui’s Arts & Cultural Center features a remarkable fine art collection as well as entrance to lively performances by Polynesian musicians and dance troupes.
The GlobeBleu team can reserve preferred seats for Oahu’s acclaimed International Film Festival or tickets to the popular Food and Wine Festivals held each year in Maui and Oahu. Private garden tours led by horticulturalists and day trips to working farms growing pineapples, vanilla beans or macadamia nuts can also be included in the itinerary.
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