Why is Honolulu the BEST city in the world?
Because Honolulu is one of the most diverse cities!
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Hawaii is a melting pot. Honolulu is where Polynesian, Japanese, Filipino, and other asian cultural influences combine to create amazing cultural traditions and cuisines.
Honolulu celebrates a diverse range of holidays. Just some for example are: Chinese New Years, the annual Japanese Bon festival, Lei Day (celebration of aloha, the island colors and flowers, and the kings and queens) and you can see celebratory Luaus all over the island celebrating Hawaii’s vibrant culture with hula dance performances and more!
When coming to Hawaii it is ESSENTIAL to keep these historic cultures and traditions alive. Celebrating the amazing Hawaiian Polynesian culture keeps the spirit of aloha alive.
Some ways you can honor the cultures here are:
Going to a traditional celebration
Respecting the land and spreading aloha when you are there
Eating authentic and local cuisines
A great way to see the diversity in Oahu and Honlulu specifically is the FOOD:
DON’T miss out on trying out these traditional Hawaiian dishes:
-POKE BOWL (raw fish, the traditional forms are aku and heʻe fish)
-Musubi (YUM, Spam musubi is a Asian (Japanese) Hawaiian fusion snack and lunch food composed of a slice of grilled Spam sandwiched either in between or on top of a block of rice, wrapped together with nori)
-Acai Bowls (A traditional Hawaiian favorite with fresh fruit and the Brazilian super fruit, Acai)
-Shaved Ice became a popular snack (To cool off, Japanese immigrants in Hawaii used their tools to shave flakes off large blocks of ice, and then coated it with sugar or fruit juice)
-Loco Moco is a dish featured in contemporary Hawaiian cuisine. There are many variations, but the traditional Loco Moco consists of white rice, topped with a hamburger, a fried egg, and brown gravy.
-Sushi, Egg & Ramen, Bento Box and sashimi (all Asian Hawaiian Fusion foods that are very common around the island and DELICIOUS, I recommend Zippy’s Bento’s or Genki Sushi conveyor belt experience)
-And don’t forget all the amazing FRESH FRUITS on the island (lychee, citrus fruit, mango, passion fruit, dragon fruit, star fruit, pineapple, papaya, soursop, ice cream bean, coconut, apple bananas, and more as just some of the incredible fruits you can find locally grown on the island, find the at local farmers markets and fruit stands)
And so much more! Check out our Compass Travelers Hawaiian Travel Guide to learn more about Hawaii’s beauty, cultural diversity and how to respect and spread aloha! Always travel through life with your inner compass!