Hotel Molokai is an Authentic South Seas Experience

May 9, 2012

My Mother, girlfriend and I ventured over to the island of Molokai to visit Kaulapapa Settlement where St. Damien preformed his lifesaving work with the Lepers and to experience the island of laidback island of Molokai.

We rented a room at Hotel Molokai, its not a 5 star resort but it has all of the amenities, including a beachfront pool, wifi, cell phone service, bar & restaurant and is styled after a Polynesian Village.

Hotel Molokai is full of character, reminiscent of a slower time, is quaint, as well as reeks of the aloha spirit.  Our room included a small kitchen, bedroom, a loft and a large lanai with table and chairs.  It is a genuine luxuryhideaway located oceanfront on Kamiloloa beach. By the way, it’s the only place to get draft beer on the island!  The hotel is “community minded” as they offer a Polynesian show every Friday night as well as host a community party once a year.

From the moment we arrived at Hotel Molokai we were treated like family (ohana). Mind you, we arrived at about 9pm exhausted and very hungry. The cafe had stopped serving food but in the aloha spirit, they saw how hungry we were and just happened to have a pot of soup and home made bread still warm for us.

The activity at the hotel was fantastic - if you’re going to Molokai you cannot miss the Friday night Kanikapila show where the locals get together to serenade, play ukulele and take turns dancing the hula.  I believe they would gather every Friday night whether there were guests at the hotel or not.  It is an ideal situation where the haoles (mainlanders) can get a glimpse of the authentic island culture.

I will recommend this resort to all of my Clients coming to Hawaii - you must make time to visit Molokai!

Room Tip: Pay the extra to reserve an oceanfront room to fully enjoy the view

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The History of Hula Dancing

June 29, 2011

Hula is a dance form accompanied by chant or song. It was developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the Polynesians who originally settled there. The chant or song is called a mele. The hula dramatizes or comments on the mele.

There are many styles of hula. They are commonly divided into two broad categories: Ancient hula, as performed before Western encounters with Hawaii, is called kahiko. It is accompanied by chant and traditional instruments. Hula as it evolved under Western influence, in the 19th and 20th centuries, is called auana. It is accompanied by song and Western-influenced musical instruments such as the guitar, the ukulele, and the double bass.

Terminology for two main additional categories is beginning to enter the hula lexicon: “Monarchy” includes many hula which were composed and choreographed during the 19th century. During that time the influx of Western culture created significant changes in the formal Hawaiian arts, including hula. “Ai Kahiko“, meaning “in the ancient style” are those hula written in the 20th and 21st centuries that follow the stylistic protocols of the ancient hula kahiko.

Hula is taught in schools called halau. The teacher of hula is the kumu hula, where kumu means source of knowledge. Hula dancing is a complex art form, and there are many hand motions used to signify aspects of nature, such as the basic Hula and Coconut Tree motions, or the basic leg steps, such as the Kaholo, Ka’o, and Ami.

There are other dances that come from other Polynesian islands such as Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga and Aotearoa (New Zealand); however, the hula is unique to the Hawaiian Islands.

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Relaxing at the Hotel Hana Maui

August 15, 2008

hotel hana maui poolWhen you travel to Hana for a few days, you are stepping back in time and visiting the real, authentic area of Hawaii that few people take the time to visit. Do not bother to drive both directions in a day - if that’s the plan, then just wait until next time you visit the islands and plan your stay around finishing up your Hawaiian holiday with a few nights in Hana. The drive to Hana is absolutely lovely and an experience in itself that should not be rushed. You will see beautiful waterfalls and travel thru a bamboo rainforest, crossing 54 one way bridges!

I suggest renting a convertible or jeep for the drive so you are able to fully enjoy the smells of the tropical flowers as well as the vast array of colorful birds along the way. At the end of the Hana Highway, on the lush eastern coast of Maui, is the legendary Hotel Hana-Maui and Honua Spa, where tranquility is a way of life and the heated horizon pool is lit by tiki torches in the evening. Extremely romantic!

However, the trip will take you at least 3 hours. There aren’t any little cafes, etc. along the way so I suggest stopping off at a deli, purchasing an inexpensive cooler, loading it up w/ice, sodas, snacks and perhaps sandwiches. While you are loading up your cooler, keep in mind there are very few restaurants in Hana and only two very small grocery stores, so you may want to also include your favorite pupus (snacks) and a good bottle of wine.

The Sea Ranch Cottage located at the Hotel Hana Maui is my favorite cottage in all of Hawaii. There is nothing better then lounging on your lanai in your private spa tub overlooking the ocean.

The Hotel also offers a wonderful happy hour as they will have beautiful hula and song everynight. The key to Hana is take your time getting there - it really is the time to stop and smell the flowers!

Have a fabulous time - you get to experience old Hawaii - no golf courses, t.v. or radio!

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