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Snapshot of Hawaii: Hawaii is a group of 7 islands: Hawaii, Oahu, Maui, Kaua’i, Lana’i, Moloka’i, and Kaho’olawe. It became a US state in 1959. Hawaii is a melting pot of nationalities, with much of the original Polynesian culture being heavily influenced and mixed with Asian. English and Hawaiian are the official languages. Most people speak English, with many speaking a dialect of English known as Pidgin. As a whole, the state is mostly Christian, but with so many cultures represented, you will find many different religions. Tourism is the biggest industry in Hawaii (a 14 billion dollar industry, in fact). Besides tourism, agriculture brings in a lot of money. Hawaii is famous for its macadamia nuts and pineapples. People are very friendly, and they greet one another with a kiss on the cheek. If someone is referred to as a Hawaiian, it means that person has native Hawaiian ancestry. All others, no matter how long they or their family have lived in Hawaii are referred to as locals. To show respect, those who live in Hawaii will often remove their shoes before entering the house of another. People in Hawaii spend much of their time enjoying the outdoors, and more specifically the beach. As a cultural melting pot, there is much to see and learn from the people in Hawaii.
LDS membership: 72, 459
La’ie is home to BYU-Hawaii. The school was established in 1955. In President David O. McKay’s dedicatory prayer, he said, “We dedicate our actions in this service unto thee and unto thy glory and to the salvation of the children of men, that this college, and the temple, and the town of Laie may become a missionary factor, influencing not thousands, not tens of thousands, but millions of people who will come seeking to know what this town and its significance are.” (about.byuh.edu) The Polynesian Cultural Center, part of the BYU-Hawaii campus, has fulfilled this prophecy in bringing over 30 million people to La’ie in the 50 years since its opening.
Taro, breadfruit, pineapple, coconut, pork, spam, tuna.
Some popular dishes of Hawaii:
Many foods that are available in mainland USA are also in Hawaii, but will probably be more expensive.
Depending on what area missionaries are in, they use:
Or, they walk.
Drink a lot of water. It gets hot tracting in Hawaii.
Use general safety guidelines that you would use in mainland U.S.A.
Because Hawaii has a very Asian influence, it is custom to remove your shoes before entering anyone’s home.
Always save room for seconds and dessert.
To celebrate the one-year birthday of an infant, families will throw a lu’au.
Leis are given to celebrate achievements and milestones. They are also given as a sign of welcome to visitors or those who’ve been away for a long time.
Every year, the Merrie Monarch Festival is held in Hilo, Hawaii to commemorate the last Hawaiian king, King David Kalakaua. It is celebrated through hula performances, both competitive and non-competitive.
Hawaiians speak pidgin, a dialect of English.
Da kine- For those moments where you can’t remember the right words or are blanking
Howzit- How are you?
Shoots- I agree
Bring a raincoat. In a tropical climate, rain can come at anytime, so make sure you have one in the car.
Although Hawaii is part of the U.S., it is an island state. Mail is reliable, but it will take a little longer to arrive.
1500 S Beretania St Ste 416
Honolulu HI 96826
Straight from the Hawaii Honolulu Mission
*What items were hard to get or not available?
“There were a few weeks when there was no Toilet paper or milk due to a dockworker’s strike in California.”
*What did you eat the most of?
“Rice and chicken.”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Ballut – a Filipino aborted duck egg.”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“What amazed me was how strong of faith Polynesians and Micronesians have. Those with great faith will be visited regularly by ministering angels and see miracles daily.”
“Most people were very kind and respectful. I only remember one lady being rude while grafting. I did feel I had to prove myself at church. Some members seemed to be wary of a sister missionary from Utah. I wasn’t automatically accepted by some members.”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Hawaii Honolulu Mission?
“This might sound ridiculous, but be careful to check the rice for maggots before eating. You will be so glad that you did. This would have made a world of difference for me.”
“Find ways to serve the members and show love and warmth no matter what.”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“I wish I would have known that the years I had spent trying to learn a new language in preparation for my mission were not in vain when I received an English speaking mission call. Originally, I was secretly dismayed at not having a foreign language assignment. The Lord knew what my gifts were, and magnified them for his purposes. I was given several foreign language assignments as a missionary that gave me more opportunities to serve a more diverse and larger audience of people than any one language alone would have provided me.”
“Charity…but, I think that is a gift serving a mission can bring.”
“Find ways to learn from all you meet: companions, fellow missionaries, members, random people, and especially your mission President and his wife.”
“There are tourists that visit Hawaii from all over the world. I was able meet people from various countries. One special memory is when I was able to give some Persian tourists The Book of Mormon in Arabic language.”
**Did you serve in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission? If so we would love to hear your advice and your stories! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org**