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The Big Picture: Hawaiian Culture


Welcome to the Big Picture: our collection of videos of the wellsprings of Hawaiian culture. These give you the big picture and the back story of a culture unlike anything, anywhere. Ours is the product of many countries not just around the Pacific, but as far afield as Portugal and Puerto Rico (and now, nearly every other element in the global mix). Beneath the veneer of urban American civilization lies a local dimension, first populated by immigrants from East Asia who came to work on the sugar plantations. This layer in turn rests upon the bedrock of the ancient Hawaiians, whom some say have been here for 800 years or more, and perhaps forever. At the time of contact with the West in 1778, their numbers were somewhere between 800,000 and 1.2 million. By the time of the first census in 1850, their numbers had declined, through disease and despair, to just 45,000. Today, there are only about 7,000 pure-blooded Hawaiians. Sadly, the race will eventually disappear. But its traditions will be perpetuated by the quarter-million part-Hawaiians who push forward with the Hawaiian Renaissance.


the Big Picture: Hawaiian Culture

E Hoomau Maua Kealoha – May our love last forever.


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war, weapons, and martial arts


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P.S. If you have a taste for history, we invite you to our companion site WisdomMaps.info. It’s history as you’ve never seen it!


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