Lei signify special occasions, just as they did in ancient Hawaii.
On birthdays, graduations, weddings or any day of personal or professional celebration, friends and relatives ensure the honored person is adorned with lei on the special day and perhaps even several days afterward.
James Cook’s arrival in 1779 — most of them explorers, Christian missionaries, businessmen, whalers, plantation workers and, more recently, those simply seeking a better way of life.
This convergence of foods, languages, religions and family values with the native Hawaiian culture has resulted in a blend of centuries-old traditions that today largely typifies the distinct character that is called the “Hawaiian Island lifestyle.” Read about a few of these customs: Giving leis In Hawaii it is customary to give a lei as a gesture of congratulations and aloha (love) to those celebrating a milestone or receiving an honor.
But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to bring more women into the workforce are falling short.
Challenging traditional gender roles can be an extremely unpopular move in Japan, where many people still support the idea that a woman's place is at home.
Intermarriage was common, and from the children produced by those marriages, LIFE declared, “a new race is emerging and stabilizing.”Photographer Eliot Elisofon’s portraits of the people of Hawaii serve as a visual aid to the magazine’s utopian perspective on the territory.
A young white girl and a young Chinese girl hold hands as they play together.
Nozomi Abiko, 22, who works at a local bank, came to the event after her boss gathered all the single women in the office and suggested they attend the annual dating event. The world's third-largest economy is in dire need of more people: Japan's population shrank by one million to 127 million in the five years through 2015, according to the World Bank.And beginning in 1999, Kamaka Hawaii began using serial numbers.But if numbers have worn off, or for the period from 1975 to 1999, you will need to look for other clues to determine when your Kamaka uke was made.Though the magazine doesn’t completely evade mention of racial tensions—the story acknowledges that some upper class whites worked to maintain subtle color lines—the tone is overwhelmingly sunny.Despite their origins in Japan, China, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and elsewhere, the magazine explained, the territory’s 430,000 residents were unified by English as an increasingly universal language, by church communities and by American schools.