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Explore Hawaii's enchanting history, Polynesian style

By Maryann Tobin on May 30, 2014

The Hawaiian Islands are famous for their festive luaus, magnificent beaches and crystal blue waters. But they are also part of a place with a distinctive culture rooted in an enchanting Polynesian history. The ancient volcanoes that formed the Hawaiian Islands more than 70 million years ago were just the beginning for a land once proudly ruled by kings and queens. In the times since, it has been a place where acts of war have scarred it and devastating forces of nature have reshaped its land. Still, these ancient jewels of the Pacific hold fast to their traditions while thriving in a computerized world. To truly come to know and love the Hawaiian experience, one must explore and share the secrets of its culture. Iolani Palace in Downtown Honolulu reflects the cultural connection between t

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