Culture & History

Hawai‘i, known for its stunning landscapes and pristine beaches, offers far more than just picturesque views to event planners and attendees. The islands are a treasure trove of culture and history, providing a unique backdrop for business travel that blends work with an enriching cultural experience.

Unlock your team’s potential by learning about Hawaiʻi's discovery by Polynesians—a daring voyage spanning 2,000 miles across the ocean, guided solely by the stars above. Suddenly, the impossible feels within reach, sparking newfound determination among attendees. Delve deeper into the essence of aloha, where its true meaning, “the presence of breath,” draws everyone into a profound moment of mindfulness and connection. And then there's the remarkable tale of King Kamehameha I, uniting the islands into a singular kingdom by 1810—an epic saga of leadership, ambition, and accomplishment that continues to inspire greatness.

For event planners, Hawaiʻi presents an unparalleled canvas, ripe with opportunities to infuse traditional Hawaiian elements into their programs. 

Take Part in Time-Honored Traditions

Begin your journey with a lei, symbolizing warmth and welcome, and don’t miss out on the immersive experience of a lūʻau gathering, with meals cooked in a traditional imu—an underground oven steeped in cultural significance–complete with stories told through the art of hula.

Why not bring alive the spirit of paniolo culture—Hawaiian cowboys—or engage attendees in lei-making lessons or lauhala weaving guided by skilled practitioners? Elevate your event's impact by incorporating culturally-focused CSR opportunities, contributing meaningfully to Hawaiʻi's heritage.

Discover Relics of Yesteryear

For a more immersive experience, event planners can organize offsite visits to historical landmarks and sites across the islands. Hawaiʻi's history is rich and diverse, with each island holding its own unique stories. On the Island of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park offers a glimpse of ancient petroglyphs etched into lava rock, allowing attendees to step back in time and connect with the island's ancient narratives.

Kaua‘i boasts legends of the Menehune, a mythical population believed to have built a thousand-year-old fishpond in a single night. Visiting these sites not only provides insight into Hawaiian folklore but also fosters a deeper appreciation for the cultural heritage embedded in the islands.

Moreover, Hawai‘i's museums and historic institutions offer unparalleled opportunities for event attendees to explore the islands' history. From the majestic 'Iolani Palace, the only official royal residence in the United States, to the Bishop Museum housing a vast collection of Hawaiian artifacts, attendees can engage with history firsthand.

For a poignant experience, planners can arrange private events at Pearl Harbor's memorials, such as the Battleship Missouri, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, or USS Bowfin submarine on O‘ahu. These locations allow attendees to pay homage to history while reflecting on the significance of these sites.

Importantly, beyond experiencing the culture and history, event planners and attendees can also engage in culturally-focused corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Supporting local communities through initiatives tied to preserving Hawaiian heritage or environmental conservation not only gives back to the islands but also leaves a lasting positive impact.

Hawai‘i's culture and history are woven deeply into the fabric of daily life on the islands. For event planners and attendees, blending business with an exploration of these cultural treasures promises a truly memorable and enriching experience, fostering connections that extend far beyond the boardroom.

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

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Why Hawaiʻi
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