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On the latest Hawaii Vacation Connection Podcast, Aloha Bruce and Lanai Tabura will discuss visiting native Hawaiian cultural sites on Oahu. Known as “The Gathering Place”, Oahu is home to a rich historical legacy and many important locations and structures.
Lanai shares his extensive knowledge of Hawaiian culture and history as he discusses several places on Oahu that are alive with stories. Lanai will tell us about Waimea Valley on the Oahu’s North Shore and about its famous waterfall. Waimea is home to dozens of archaeological sites and dozens of native Hawaiian plant, insect, and animal species. Lanai notes that there is a small fee to enter the park.
Bruce and Lanai also discuss the Royal Mausoleum, just a few minutes from Waikiki and the final resting place of Hawaii’s most important royals dating back to King Kamehameha II and other luminaries of the Hawaiian royal family. Lanai will also talk about the history of Iolani Palace, the only royal palace ever built in the United States (it had electricity before the White House).
Other places discussed on the podcast are the Kaneana Cave in West Oahu, the sacred birthing stones in Wahiawa, important heiau (sacred temples), the historical significance of the popular Pali Lookout, and ancient fishponds on Oahu that date back to 400 AD.
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Most importantly, Aloha Bruce and Lanai will talk about the need to show respect when visiting these types of historic cultural sites anywhere in Hawaii. They’ll discuss why you should stay away from areas marked “kapu”, which mean sacred and forbidden.
The latest Hawaii Vacation Connection Podcast will tell you what you need to know about visiting these places, and how to show respect for native Hawaiian culture and history in its most sacred places.