Category: Culture

Mu-Ryang-Sa Buddhist Temple – A Colorful Korean Temple in Honolulu, Hawaii

Mu-Ryang-Sa Buddhist Temple - Honolulu, HawaiiMu-Ryang-Sa Buddhist Temple is a Korean Bhuddist temple located in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. The name means “Broken Ridge” which refers to the temple’s top ridge which appears to be broken.

The original structure, known as the “Dae Won Sa Temple,” was constructed in 1975. It was destroyed by fire so construction of a new temple located in the Palolo Valley began in 1980. However, local residents complained that the roof of the temple’s main hall exceeded city and county height limitations. A lawsuit ensued, legally forcing the height of the temple to be lowered. In 2001, the roof was lowered by over two meters to comply with a court order. Read more

East Hawaii Cultural Center – An Art and Culture Hub in Hilo, Hawaii

East Hawaii Cultural Center - Hilo, HawaiiThe East Hawaii Cultural Center (EHCC) is an art and cultural hub in Hilo, Hawaii. It is housed within the historic former District Courthouse and Police Station facing Kalakaua Park.

The two-story stucture was built in 1932 using reinforced concrete while the interiors have wooden elements. In February 1969 the court was transferred to a new state office building while the police department moved to a larger building in 1975, leaving the building vacant. Read more

Poaiwa Petroglyphs – Ancient Rock Carvings on the Island of Lanai, Hawaii

Poaiwa Petroglyphs - Lanai, HawaiiJust like other prehistoric cultures of the world, the ancient Hawaiians documented their experiences and important occasions by carving them into rocks. Called petroglyphs, these ancient drawings are discovered in various islands of Hawaii including Lanai.

The Bird Man of Lanai Petroglyphs, located on the northeast coast of the island, is one of the most popular prehistoric sketches in Hawaii. They are officially called the Poaiwa or Puaiwa Petroglyphs, but more popularly referred to as the “Bird Man” because the rock carvings depict 12-inch tall stick figures with bird-like heads. The drawings are also sometimes called the Shipwreck Beach Petroglyphs due to the site’s close proximity to Shipwreck Beach. Read more

Bellstones – Amazing Historical and Cultural Landmarks in Hawaii

Bellstones of Hawaii - KauaiBellstones can be found on almost every Hawaiian Island. They are usually massive boulders placed in strategic locations to serve as a communication tool during ancient times. When struck in a particular spot, bellstones will resonate a sound which could be heard for great distances. Bellstones were used in ancient Hawaii to signal an important event such as a royal birth or to warn against danger.

One of the most popular bellstones in Hawaii is the pillar rock formation located in Kauai County, near the breathtaking ‘Opaeka’a Falls. When rung, the Kauai Bellstone would resonate over a large area of Wailua Valley. This bellstone is located down the hill from two other prominent boulders. These rocks were precisely placed and used to calibrate the Hawaiian calendars to the summer and winter solstices. Read more

Learn basic Hawaiian words and make your visit to the Aloha State more fun!

While English is enough to understand and be understood when in Hawaii, knowing a few words from the Hawaiian language will make your stay more fun and interesting. Here are some of the most commonly used Hawaiian words and phrases that you can add up to your vocabulary and make you feel at home when mingling with the locals:

A Hui Hou – Until we meet again
Aloha – a very versatile word that could mean hello and goodbye, welcome and farewell, and love! Read more