Guests in Paradise

Hula-Dancing Girls
Hula-Dancing Girls
© HVCB / Joe Solem
The ancient Hawaiians arrived at Ka Lae, or South Point, and developed their civilization for over a thousand years before establishing contact with the
western world. Thereafter, Hawaii became a busy seaport for traders and whalers from all over the globe.

The Chinese were the first large group of immigrants to arrive, followed by waves of Japanese, Portuguese, Filipinos, Samoans, Okinawans, Koreans and Puerto Ricans, mainly lured here to work in the sugar fields.

Turtle
Turtle
© HVCB / Kirk Aeder

Residents of the Big Island treasure their heritage and you'll see evidence of ethnic pride everywhere — in the food, customs, architecture, language, arts, crafts and lifestyle.

The multi-ethnic and multi-cultural residents of Hawaii create a fascinating mosaic of arts and culture, foods and festivals, history and sense of place. Indeed, with such a rich and colourful cultural heritage, it is especially fitting that Hawaii is also known as the Rainbow State.