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Walking tour through Waikiki aims to renew authentic cultural traditions

  • COURTESY HYATT REGENCY WAIKIKI BEACH RESORT & SPA

    Ku‘uipo Kumukahi talks about the alii honored in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki’s Hookela Hawaiian Cultural Center.

  • COURTESY HYATT REGENCY WAIKIKI BEACH RESORT & SPA

    The Wizard Stones, also called The Stones of Life or Na Pohaku Ola Kapaemahu a Kapuni, are said to contain the mana (power) of four wizards who came to Oahu from Tahiti, possibly around 400 A.D. These stones are along Kalakaua Avenue, directly across from the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa.

  • COURTESY HYATT REGENCY WAIKIKI BEACH RESORT & SPA

    Ku‘uipo Kumukahi, multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, leads the “E Hoala E” walking tour, which begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays.

  • COURTESY HYATT REGENCY WAIKIKI BEACH RESORT & SPA

    The walking tour meets at the hotel’s Hookela Hawaiian Heritage and Culture Center. After the tour, attendees can enjoy activities such as lei making there.

The significance of songwriter and recording artist Ku‘uipo Kumukahi’s Waikiki tour begins with its name: E Ho‘ala E, which means “revive, renew, restore.” Read more

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