Culture & History - Ukulele & Flower

Culture & History

For attendees from around the world, Hawaii’s history offers a wealth of inspiration:

  • Learning that Hawaii’s discovery by Polynesians occurred following a 2,000-mile oceanic canoe journey makes what may have seemed impossible suddenly achievable
  • Discovering that literal meaning of aloha is “the presence of breath” brings attendees into the moment like never before
  • And the powerful stories of how, in 1810, King Kamehameha I brought the islands together under one unified kingdom inspire ambition, achievement and new heights in leadership.

Visitors to the islands find Hawaiian culture and history fascinating, stimulating and simply moving — one more reason Hawaii is not your typical seaside meetings destination.

Time-Honored Traditions

Few destinations have the kind of cultural authenticity that defines Hawaii, and planners can easily incorporate hallmarks of traditional Hawaiian life into their programs.

It begins with the offering of the lei as a symbol of welcome and continues with ceremonial luau gatherings, meals prepared in a traditional imu (underground oven) and lessons in the art of storytelling through hula dance.

Theme parties can tap into paniolo (cowboy) culture or the mythology of traditional gods and goddesses, including Pele, the goddess of fire, and Kukailimoku, the god of war.

Relics of Yesteryear

Every island holds opportunities for historic exploration. To name just a few:

  • On Hawaii Island, Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park is home to more than 23,000 petroglyph images carved into the lava rock
  • Visiting a thousand-year-old fish pond on Kauai regales with legends of how the Menehune, a mythical population of tiny people, built it in a single night
  • On Maui, the city of Lahaina’s whaling past is on spectacular display at a circa-1901 inn, the U.S. Seaman’s Hospital and a bygone prison — some of the 62 historic sites on self-guided walking trail.

Additionally, many of Hawaii’s museums and historic institutions host unforgettable offsite events. Attendees can dine at Iolani Palace, the only official state royal residence in the United States, mix and mingle amid Hawaiian artifacts at the Bishop Museum and experience Pearl Harbor with a private event at the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pacific Aviation Museum, or USS Bowfin submarine, all of which are located on the island of Oahu.

Learn more about the many additional ways Hawaii can help lift attendance and build positive experiences.

Hawaii Convention Center
Why Hawaii
Location: Where East Meets West