Island Life 101
is dedicated to helping you learn more about the fabulous Hawaiian Islands. Whether you live here, want to live here, love to visit or just dream of it, this site aims to give you an insider's view of Hawaii through cool stories and pictures about the history of Hawaii, Hawaiian music, and especially about the world's best island, Maui. And of course, you'll find lots more in this book, Island Life 101: A Newcomer's Guide to Hawaii.
Hawaii is delightfully different.
Many people dream of moving to the Hawaiian Islands.
But newcomers often wish they knew more about their adopted home.
It's so different here!
How did all these ethnic groups get to the Hawaiian Islands?
Who is local, and who is Hawaiian?
What's this pidgin they speak?
Why do so many words start with"k"?
And what the heck is chicken hekka?
Island Life 101:
A Newcomer's Guide to Hawaii
answers these questions and more.
Newcomers will find. . .
-Nuts-and-bolts survival tips, from how to pronounce Hawaiian words to where to find
information on starting a business
-Insights into how history affects Hawaiian Island life today
-Suggestions for ways you can contribute to the community, make friends and have fun
Why Newcomers Need to Know about the History of Hawaii
You have just moved to Hawaii. You love the weather and the beaches; you’re still exploring; you’re struggling to make a living and make connections. You have enough to do. Why do you need to know about Hawaiian history?
You need to know because you can’t understand modern-day Hawaii without at least a basic knowledge of the past. Hawaii is not just a little piece of Southern California that somehow broke off the continent and drifted out into the middle of the Pacific.
This unique place has a fascinating history that made it what it is today. If you’re here to stay, rather than just for an extended vacation, you need to understand your new home. Even the letters to the editor in the local paper will make more sense to you if you have a basic knowledge of Island history.
These little Islands have seen some amazing events and some incredible characters. Island Life 101 presents an over-view of Hawaii’s past, focusing on key points and incidents.
You’ll find in this book explanations that will help you understand the significance of words still in use and events still referred to today. You’ll come away from this reading with a sense of the past, as well as some context in which to place the issues of the present and think about the shape of the future.