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Hawaiians and the Sea

Delve deep into the culture and traditions of the first Hawaiians

Listen to the stories of the kanaka maoli, Hawai‘i’s first people. Hear how they sailed across the Pacific in double-hulled canoes using the stars as guides. Submerse yourself in their history, culture, and unique traditions — marvel at their profound relationship with the land (mauka) and the sea (makai). Learn to say a few words in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i, the living language of this place.

Hawai‘i’s people