Top 5 Hawaii traditions to know for your Hawaii Vacation | Malama Hawaii

Yaling Fisher is back in the studio with Aloha Bruce to discuss Top 5 Hawaii traditions for this Tuesday, June 21, 2022, episode of the Hawaii Vacation Podcast, as well as the Malama Hawaii campaign to increase Hawaii visitor cultural and environmental awareness.

Starting with some Hawaii travel news, Bruce discusses rising travel prices and mentions some truly staggering prices. Electric “sea gliders” aircraft have been announced, Bruce says, and they have a range of 180 miles. Mokulele Airlines hopes to put them into service by 2025.

Increasing restaurant prices are noted. Bruce recalls a restaurant that announced a 20% increase in prices on its menu. Rising fish and seafood prices are seeing the biggest price spike, Bruce says. Bruce gets deep about Hawaii’s cost of living and the price of a property in the Aloha State. He mentions the over $1 million median home price in Hawaii and the median household income of $85,000. “Before you go making the move, think about this!” Bruce says.

Bruce briefly discusses a recent “boys’ night out” at The Deck at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, noting the excellent food and drinks menus.

On to the topic of Hawaii traditions, Bruce talks about lei-giving and the many types of lei there are. Each Hawaiian island has its own traditional flower lei. The Hawaii tradition of native Hawaiian lomilomi massage is up next, which incorporates a holistic approach to Hawaiian healing techniques. Bruce ties wellness into the concept of Malama Hawaii.

Bruce also describes the native Hawaiian tradition of exchanging ha, or sharing breath. It is a practice that demonstrates personal friendship, respect, and closeness. The Hawaii tradition of chant, or mele, is discussed as integral to many gatherings and celebrations.

Hawaii traditions of cultural festivals are also important, with many returning this summer after being shut down by the pandemic. Bruce says these Hawaii traditions are the best way to experience Hawaii’s diverse foods and cultures.

Our hosts finish the podcast with some recent bookings, noting that prices are rising. A Las Vegas package for October that includes stays on Kauai and Oahu is noted at $3,873. “That’s not bad!” Bruce and Yaling say. “October prices are holding.”

Bruce thanks podcast listeners and social media community for responding and reaching out to Hawaii Aloha Travel, noting that the Hawaii Vacation Podcast has been going for 16 years. Mahalo!

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