Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Great Kauai Tour: Interesting Facts in the Pacific (part 2 of 2)

Kauai tours continue to be popular since more than 70 Hollywood movies and television shows have been shot in the island. Included in the list are the musical South Pacific, Jurassic Park which was filmed at Waimea Canyon in 1993, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Six Days Seven Nights, the King Kong remake, Donovan’s Reef in 1963, Blue Hawaii, Disney’s Lilo & Stitch and South Pacific wherein some scenes were filmed in Hanalei. You can also find the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility or “Barking Sands” on the western shore of Kauai.

Kauai used to have the distinct dialect of the Hawaiian language although it became extinct and was replaced with standard language based on the dialect of Hawai’i island. Still, Kauai dialect usually pronounces “k” as “t” just like old pan-Polynesia. Today, some places are still referred to in “t” such as Tapa’a for Kapa’a and Tauai’i for Kaua’i. Majority of Hawaiians know how to speak English.

More Culture and Experiences

Aside from its melodic language, Kauai features the best of Hawaiian music using a variety of instruments like the ukulele and slack-key guitar. The hula is a very famous dance used as a means of worship, storytelling through chants or “mele” and entertainment. Hula is actually for both men and women including children featuring the popular grass skirts. The most prestigious hula school used to be located in Kauai. Modern music is also starting to evolve such as Hawaiian reggae and hip hop.

Millions of people look forward to a Kauai tour with the lei which are colorful fragrant garlands made of ilima, carnation and plumeria. Anise-scented mokihana lei which are made of Kauai berries are also placed around the neck of visitors occasionally.

Hula dancers used to place lei made of green maile leaves at the altars of Laka, the hula goddess.

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