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HAWAIIAN CULTURE

Are you ready for a deep dive into the culture of Hawaii? String a lei, play the ukulele and weave hala (pandanus)! If you’re the adventurous type, we’ll take you on an archeological hike to the nearby petroglyph fields, the largest in the Hawaiian islands. We’ll guide you through ancient lava shelter caves and man-made fishponds stocked with seafood once restricted only to the ali’i (Hawaiian royalty) of old.

experiences

HAKU & TI LEAF LEI MAKING | Learn to make a lei, the iconic symbol of aloha in Hawaiian culture. *Two separate experiences.

HULA LE‘A WALE—HULA LESSON | Join us for an hour-long lesson to learn the history of a dance that’s been called the heartbeat of Hawai’i.

LAU NIU—COCONUT FROND WEAVING | Learn to weave coconut fronds with our Hui Holokai.

PA‘ANI MAKAHIKI—HAWAIIAN GAMES | Learn about and play Hawaiian games with our Hui Holokai. Meet at the beach shack.

MO‘OLELO TIME—STORYTELLING | Storytelling on the beach or identified indoor space, as weather permits. Learn about the legends and lore of Hawai‘i Island.

‘OHE KĀPALA—HAWAIIAN BAMBOO STAMPING | Learn the art of Hawaiian Bamboo Stamping to make your own personal art and postcards.

NA MEA WAIWAI O MILOKŪKAHI—CULTURAL WALK | Fairmont Orchid is home to the ancient land of Kalāhuipua‘a, now called Mauna Lani (heavenly mountain) and is known as a spiritual, historical land. Learn the cultural significance of this special place.

‘ŌLELO HAWAI‘I—HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE BASICS | Learn Hawaiian language basics to be able to pronounce the many Hawaiian places, street names and more.

For more information and the weekly activity schedule, please contact our concierge at +1 808 887 7320.

TRADITIONS

TOURCH LIGHTING | Held prior to sunset beginning at the Luana Lounge Terrace, this time-honored tradition, the blowing of the conch shell or “pū” by our Hui Holokai Ambassadors signifies the ending of another beautiful day in paradise. A must see for keiki (children) and adults alike!

ALOHA FRIDAY AT AHUAKŪPUNA (ALTER) | Join us to honor our kūpuna (ancestors) past and present in a moving ceremony.

Hui Holokai Adventures

DAILY SUNRISE CANOE EXPERIENCE | $69 per person/hour
Offered exclusively for Fairmont Orchid guests, embark at sunrise with our Hui Holokai Ambassador by paddling a traditional Hawaiian canoe and learning the history
of the Hawaiian method of transportation within the
islands.

STAND UP PADDLE ADVENTURE | $69 per person/hour
Paddle boarding originated in Hawai‘i and is now
considered the fastest growing water sport on the
planet. Learn from the Hui Holokai Ambassadors and
explore stand up paddle boarding beyond the lagoon and into the deep blue!

SHORELINE HOLOHOLO ADVENTURE | $69 per person/hour
CANOE HOLOHOLO ADVENTURE | $135 per person/hour
Hawaiians would never say they are going fishing as it is said that the fish hear this and then know you are coming, they hide in caves or rocks and you will not catch anything to feed your family. Therefore in true Hawaiian custom we use the term Holoholo for this adventure. By land or by sea, join our Hui Holokai Ambassador and learn ancient Hawaiian fishing techniques and its importance in daily life. Options include shoreline fishing or paddling a double hulled canoe.

CANOE SNORKELING ADVENTURE | $135 per person/hour
Discover the captivating Kohala coastline while paddling with our Hui Holokai Ambassador, and snorkeling within
Pauoa Bay.

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All Hui Holokai Adventures must be reserved at least one day in advance. Please call the Beach Shack at +1 808 887 7524 for reservations.

All activities will be confirmed based on availability of staff and ocean conditions.

All activities can be confirmed with a minimum of 2 person and maximum of 6 and will be arranged for one ‘ohana (family) per activity.

Participants must be age 10 and older. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.

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