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Hawai’i is known for it’s presence of aloha. The thought of being in Hawai’i presents a warm feeling, because of the way that the people act. Residents have generated a way of living that includes being respectful and courteous towards others. Local etiquette and the general culture is not as popular as it was before. The over The people of Hawai’i have developed a distinct, local culture that makes Hawai’i a special and different place from anywhere else.
In the state of Hawai’i, there are a few customs that a lot of people follow. Greetings are different here than it is in other places. For example, older people are called aunty or uncle. Elder people are sometimes called tutu and some other words like papa, unless stated otherwise. This is done out of respect as saying Mr. or Ms. would be considered a colder greeting. Itʻs seen and heard all the time at countless beaches, most luaus/parties, and even in stores. When someone comes back, the most common way to welcome them is with a small gift or a lei. Everyday etiquette also plays a big role in developing the general culture of Hawai’i. This includes taking off shoes before entering a home. Taking off their shoes helps to keep the inside of the house clean and free of dirt. This custom is one of the most popular and a Hawaiʻi resident mentioned, “Neat rows of slippers and shoes outside of the front door or a rack lined with them can be telling signs for any newcomer unfamiliar with the custom.” Being a courteous driver is also important. It involves saying thank you and not being an aggressive driver. The way everyone regularly acts gives the impression of Hawai’i being a place filled with kind people.
Most people here also have high respect for others, animals and the land around them. An example of this would be watching out for wildlife. This incorporates never walking on living coral or approaching sea animals such as turtles, monk seals, and whales. Giving them space plays a big part in being respectful of the animals and their space. Many people invade the personal space of these creatures and they are also not aware that the coral is alive and should not be stepped on. Respecting the cultural sites is also vital. This means walking and talking quietly while passing a site and leaving objects where they belong. Not everyone walks quietly and some people take objects from their original place. For example, some people take lava rocks from museums or other sites.
Hawaii has changed a lot and not many customs are still used or practiced today. The behavior of the residents here contribute greatly to the true culture of Hawai’i. The way we generally act is why Hawai’i is so different than other places. Make sure to always have general respect towards the wildlife and cultural sites. Preserve the aloha spirit and the culture of Hawaiʻi, or Hawaiʻi wonʻt be as different from all other place anymore.