Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture in 2012

Living in Hawaii, sometimes it’s easy to take our island culture for granted. When a college friend came for a visit earlier this month, I was amazed and humbled by the opportunities to explore Hawaiian culture – for free.

From ‘ukulele and hula lessons to concerts and performances, I’ve compiled a list of free, on-going Hawaiian performances, classes, and tours on Oahu for 2012. I checked newspapers and double-checked company websites. Please let me know if there are any mistakes or if an event is no longer free.

The list of activities is overwhelming, and it’s not just for tourists. Why not choose an activity and immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture?

Daily
* Hawai‘i State Art Museum:10 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday (closed all holidays) on the second floor at No. 1 Capitol Building, 250 South Hotel Street in Honolulu. Showcases work by Hawai‘i artists. Free. Visit http://www.hawaiistateartmuseum.org/ or call 586-0900.
* Short films about Hawaii: 10 am to 10 pm daily at the Kaulani Heritage Room at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki, Building C, Ground Level. There are three 7-minute films: Hanohano Helumoa, the story of Waikiki; I Mua Kamehameha, the story of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop and her legacy, Kamehameha Schools; and Hawai‘i Mau a Mau, about Native Hawaiians today. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage or call 922-2299.
* Hula lesson:10 to 11 am, and noon to 1 pm daily on the third floor of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza in Waikiki. Visit http://waikikishoppingplaza.com/event-calendar/.
* Beginning ‘Ukulele lesson: 4 to 4:30 pm daily (check in 3:50 pm) at UKEBOX in the Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki. Learn the proper techniques for basic strumming and the first three chords. Free. Visit http://www.theukebox.com/#!lessons or call 922-7823.

Mondays
* Lau hala weaving class:9 am to 2 pm, Mondays and Fridays at Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii at Ward Warehouse. No charge to weave. Visit http://www.wardcenters.com/Shopping/Merchants/NativeBooksNaMeaHawaii.html or call 228-3261.
* Lomi lomi Hawaiian massage class:11 am to noon Mondays and Wednesdays at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki, Level 1, Building A. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.
* Historical tour of Pualeilani:11:30 am to 12:30 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, in the Great Hall (near the waterfall). Take a guided walk through an area of the Queen Kapiolani estate (Uluniu, Kalakaua, Kaiulani and Koa avenues) and learn about Hawaiian alii (royalty) and culture. Free. Call 237-6135.
* Lei making class: 1 to 2 pm, Mondays at Aunty Bella’s Lei Stand in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.
* Polynesian Show: 7 pm and 8 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays on the first floor (7 pm) and third floor (8 pm) of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza in Waikiki. From the “haka” of New Zealand to the “auana” of Hawaii, Poly Pride Productions highlights the many dances and instruments of Polynesian culture. Free. Visit http://waikikishoppingplaza.com/event-calendar/.

Tuesdays
* Kapa Kuiki Hawaiian quilting class: 9:30 to 11:30 am Tuesdays at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki, Level 3, Building A. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.
* ‘Ukulele lesson:10 to 11 am Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at the Pa‘ina Lanai food court at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.
* Hula lesson:11 am to noon Tuesdays at The Royal Grove at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.
* Hula Show:4:30 to 6 pm Tuesdays at the Waikiki Beach Walk in Waikiki, on the green fronting Oasis Lifestyle and Mahina. Halau Ka Waikane Lani Maile perform auwana hula, with live music and hula lessons. Free.
* Hawaiian entertainment: 6 to 7 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at The Royal Grove at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.
* Polynesian Show: 7 pm and 8 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays on the first floor (7 pm) and third floor (8 pm) of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza in Waikiki. From the “haka” of New Zealand to the “auana” of Hawaii, Poly Pride Productions highlights the many dances and instruments of Polynesian culture. Free. Visit http://waikikishoppingplaza.com/event-calendar/.

Wednesdays
* ‘Ukulele lesson: 10 to 11 am Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at the Pa‘ina Lanai food court at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.
* Lomi lomi Hawaiian massage class:11 am to noon Mondays and Wednesdays at Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki, Level 1, Building A. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classesor call 922-2299.
* Historical tour of Pualeilani: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, in the Great Hall (near the waterfall). Take a guided walk through an area of the Queen Kapiolani estate (Uluniu, Kalakaua, Kaiulani and Koa avenues) and learn about Hawaiian alii (royalty) and culture. Free. Call 237-6135.
* Hawaiian entertainment: 6 to 7 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at The Royal Grove at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.

Thursdays
* ‘Ukulele lesson: 10 to 11 am Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at the Pa‘ina Lanai food court at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.
* Polynesian Cultural Center show: 11 to 11:45 am Thursdays and Saturdays at The Royal Grove at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.
* Hula lesson:4 to 5 pm Thursdays at The Royal Grove at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classesor call 922-2299.
* Hawaiian entertainment:6 to 7 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at the Royal Grove at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.
* Hanauma Bay Education Program :6:30 pm Thursdays at Hanauma Bay, 100 Hanauma Bay Road. Watch an educational film or listen to Hawaii’s researchers and environmental leaders speak about their work. Check events calendar for monthly themes and topics. Free. Visit http://hbep.seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/community-outreach or call 397-5840.
* Polynesian Show: 7 pm and 8 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays on the first floor (7 pm) and third floor (8 pm) of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza in Waikiki. From the “haka” of New Zealand to the “auana” ofHawaii, Poly Pride Productions highlights the many dances and instruments of Polynesian culture. Free. Visit http://waikikishoppingplaza.com/event-calendar/.

Fridays
* Lau hala weaving class:9 am to 2 pm Mondays and Fridays at Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii, Ward Warehouse. No charge to weave. Visit http://www.wardcenters.com/Shopping/Merchants/NativeBooksNaMeaHawaii.html or call 228-3261.
* ‘Ukulele lesson: 10 to 11 am Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at the Pa‘ina Lanai food court at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.
* Historical tour of Pualeilani: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, in the Great Hall (near the waterfall). Take a guided walk through an area of the Queen Kapiolani estate (Uluniu, Kalakaua, Kaiulani and Koa avenues) and learn about Hawaiian alii (royalty) and culture. Free. Call 237-6135.
* Royal Hawaiian Band concert: 12 to 1 pm most Fridays at on the ‘Iolani Palace grounds, 364 South King Street, weather permitting (call to confirm). Free. Visit http://www.iolanipalace.org/index.php/events/royal-hawaiian-band-concerts.html or call 922-5331.
* Lei-making class: 1 to 2 pm Fridays at Royal Hawaiian Center, Level 1, Building A. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.
* Hawaiian entertainment: 6 to 7 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at The Royal Grove at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.
* Polynesian Show: 7 pm and 8 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays on the first floor (7 pm) and third floor (8 pm) of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza in Waikiki. From the “haka” of New Zealand to the “auana” of Hawaii, Poly Pride Productions highlights the many dances and instruments of Polynesian culture. Free. Visit http://waikikishoppingplaza.com/event-calendar/.

Saturdays
* Beginning adult ‘ukulele class: 9:30 to 10:30 am Saturdays with Aunty Puanani Higgins in the Aupuni Art Place at Native Books at Ward Warehouse. Please bring your own ‘ukulele. Free. Visit http://www.wardcenters.com/Shopping/Merchants/NativeBooksNaMeaHawaii.html or call 596-8885.
* Polynesian Cultural Center show: 11 to11:45 am Thursdays and Saturdays at The Royal Grove at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.
* Hula Kahiko performance: 6 to 6:30 pm Saturdays at The Royal Grove at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classesor call 922-2299.

First Sunday of every month
* Na Mele Nei Concert: 1 to 3 pm first Sunday at the amphitheater at Ward Warehouse. A special guest artist or group will perform, followed by the Na Mele Nei Backyard Gang, presenting Hawaiian music, hula, and stories. Hosted by Ellen Martinez and sponsored by Na Mea Hawai‘i. Free. Visit http://www.wardcenters.com/Shopping/Merchants/NativeBooksNaMeaHawaii.html or call 596-8885.

First Tuesday of every month
* Hawaiian language: 6 pm first Tuesday at Liliha Public Library,1515 Liliha St. Quick introductory “60-Minute Hawaiian” session repeated since 1974 by volunteers of the Program to Preserve Hawaiian Place Names. Arrive on time for handout distribution. Free. Call 587-7577.

First Thursday of every month
* Royal Hawaiian Band concert: 1 to 2 pm first and third Thursdays at the Royal Grove in the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.

Second Sunday of every month
* ‘Iolani Palace tours: 9 am to 3 pm, second Sunday at ‘Iolani Palace, 364 South King Street. Guided tours are offered every 15 minutes between 9 am and 2 pm; audio tours are offered every 15 minutes between 2:30 and 3:30 pm. Free for local residents. Visit http://iolanipalace.org/index.php/visit/kamaaina-sunday/13.html or call 522-0832.

Third Sunday of every month
* Honolulu Academy of Arts Family Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm, third Sunday at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, 900 South Beretania Street, Honolulu. There are keiki crafts, a “gallery hunt,” entertainment, and a film. Don’t miss the “Arts of Hawaii” exhibit in Gallery 29 (on the second floor, above Gallery 28). Free. Visit http://honoluluacademy.org/events/bank_of_hawaii_sunday or call 532-8700.
* Meet Hawaiian practitioners: 12 to 4 pm third Sunday at Native Books/Na Mea Hawai‘i at Ward Warehouse. Meet talented Hawaiian artisans working on their latest projects. Free. Visit http://www.wardcenters.com/Shopping/Merchants/NativeBooksNaMeaHawaii.html or call 596-8885.
* Kanikapila: 1 to 4 pm third Sunday at Waimea Valley. Hawaiian music jam session for all ages and skill levels; bring your own instrument (and cable, if needed) or just sit back and enjoy the music. No outside food or drinks. Free. Call 757-1430.
* Na Mele No Na Pua Sunday Showcase:5 to 6 pm third Sunday on the Plaza Stage at the Waikiki Beach Walk. Features Hawaii performers in a casual, family-style setting, sponsored by Outrigger. Free and open to the public. Visit http://waikikibeachwalk.com/play_details.aspx?playid=55.

Third Thursday of every month
* Royal Hawaiian Band concert: 1 to 2 pm, first and third Thursdays at the Royal Grove in the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Free. Visit http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/hawaiian-heritage/cultural-classes or call 922-2299.
* ‘Ukulele lesson: 5 to 7 pm, third Thursday at the Center Court in Windward Mall, 46-056 Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe. All ages and ability levels welcome. Instrument tuning begins at 5 pm; lesson starts at 6 pm. Free. Visit http://www.windwardmall.com/events/event-calendar/ or call 235-1143.

Last Wednesday of every month
* Natural Treasures of Hawai‘i Lecture Series: 5:30 to 7 pm, last Wednesday at the ING Direct Café, 1958 Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. A monthly lecture series about the unique plants and animals that inhabit Hawai‘i’s lands and seas, presented by the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance. Check events calendar for lecture topic. Free. Visit http://hawaiiconservation.org/activities/lecture_series or call 687-6151.

Last Saturday of every month
* “
E Ala E” Cultural Tours: 2 to 5 pm last Saturday at the Hale‘iwa Art Walk on the North Shore. Celebrate the unique identity and Hawaiian culture of O‘ahu’s North Shore through chants, hula, ipu making, Hawaiian crafts, storytelling and more, hosted by the “E Ala E” staff. Free and open to the public. http://www.haleiwaartwalk.blogspot.com or http://www.ksbe.edu/article.php?story=20111230143026336

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