The Hawaiian Islands are full of beauty and steeped with cultural traditions passed down from one generation to the next. TODAY’s Willie Geist reports on how native Hawaiians are working to keep hula dancing, the Hawaiian language, and more alive.
The TODAY team’s home away from home has a rich history dating all the way back to 1927. The hotel known as the pink palace is set on land the Hawaiian monarchy once called home and has attracted presidents, movie stars, and more. NBC’s Natalie Morales reports.
Chef Jon Matsubura of the Royal Hawaiian gives a lesson in Hawaiian-inspired cooking, whipping up black magic Ahi, the most popular dish at the hotel’s restaurant, Azure, and smoked Hawaiian moonfish tartare.
Hawaii-based stylist Crystal Pancipanci shows off some of the most popular looks seen around the Hawaiian islands for men women and children, including maxi dresses, sunhats, and vintage-inspired Hawaiian shirts.
Jack Johnson has traveled all over the globe but calls Hawaii his home. He talks about recording his albums in his home studio and his Kokoa Hawaii Foundation, which supports environmental education in Hawaii’s schools and communities.
Poi, the purple paste made from taro root, is a staple in native Hawaiian diets and a large part of the culture. Daniel Anthony, a Hawaiian poi expert, demonstrates how to prepare the dish.
The TODAY anchors learn about traditional Hawaiian luaus, get classes in hula and blowing conch shells, which signals the beginning of a luau, and taste-test luau staples like poi and Kahlua pig.
A sign near the Trades housing division built by Gentry Homes promotes special offers for potential buyers in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry
Golfers play on the Hawaii Prince golf course which fronts the Haleakala housing division built by Gentry Homes in Ewa Beach, Hawaii March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry