Pictures of Aloha

lone_alaia_board_surfer-2A Native Hawaiian getting ready to surf the waves of Waikiki while wearing a “malo“.


hawaiian_lua_1899Two Native Hawaiians practicing “Iua”, their form of wrestling.


150507-Z-FP744-004Two dancers of an Asian-Pacific American Islander group showcasing traditional Hawaiian dances.

Works Cited:

Davey, F. (2011, October 17). The lone Hawaiian surfer wearing the malo at Waikiki Beach carries one of the last Alaia surf board. The surfer was Charles Kauha. Frank Davey photographed Charles Kauha in 1898 in numerous poses, but none are of Kauha surfing, Lone Alaia Board Surfer [Photograph] Retrieved February 28, 2017, from Hannah Keolaokalaau Allen%0AHannah Keolaokalaau Allen Kinimaka.jpg#/media/File:Lone_Alaia_board_surfer.jpg

Whitney, C. (2014, December 8).  Two Hawaiian men practicing lua, the native Hawaiian form of wrestling, Hawaiian Iua [Photograph]. Retrieved February 28, 2017, from

Texas Military Department, & Nigrelle, M. (2015, May 17). Hawaiian Kona Isla Performers showcase traditional Hawaiian dance for Texas Guardsmen during an Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month ceremony held at Camp Mabry in Austin, May 17, 2015. The Texas Military Forces recognizes the the achievements and contributions to Texas and the United States by Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians. (Texas National Guard photo by Army Capt. Martha Nigrelle/ Released), TXMF Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration 2015 [Photograph]. Retrieved February 28, 2017, from


People of Paradise

The indigenous group that I am interested in and want to learn more about are the Kanaka Maoli, also known as Native Hawaiians. The Kanaka Maoli live across all the islands of Hawaii. There are eight main islands of Hawaii. There’s Hawaii, also known as the big island, Maui, Kaho’olawe, Lanai, Moloka’i, O’ahu, Kaua’I and Ni’ihau. I want to learn more about the Native Hawaiians because I lived on the island of O’ahu for two years. I only visited one other island which was Kaua’I. Some of my friends told me that they were native Hawaiians. I would always be amazed whenever they would talk in Hawaiian or tell me some of their traditions at home or when greeting family. I remember having trouble pronouncing their first or last names since it was so unique. One possible tourist activities associated with Native Hawaiians are luaus.  Originally named ‘aha’aina, luaus are known for celebrations such as a wedding or birthday. There would be special foods at luaus such as roasted pig, fish, and rice. Another tourist activity that are associated with Native Hawaiians is surfing. Native Hawaiians didn’t see surfing as a sport as we see it today. They saw surfing as a recreational activity. Hawaii is known for their beautiful beaches and big waves. This attracts many tourists to come to Hawaii who love surfboarding. The third possible tourist activity that are associated with Native Hawaiians is Cliff Diving. Native Hawaiians would impress women by jumping off cliffs and into the water just to show how brave they are. There are many cliff diving locations since Hawaii is surrounded by water.


This is a map of all the Hawaiian Islands where the Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) lived.


This is a map of O’ahu where the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu, is located