History of African Cultures in Hawaii

We all know Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on earth full of cultural diversity, warm tropical climates, exotic plants, and aloha. Travelers from all over the world come to experience this world-renowned vacation spot and the cultural diversity the islands has to offer. Hawaii is a melting pot of ethnicities with not only Polynesian, but also European, Asian, and African decent. With February being Black History Month, Discover Hawaii Tours would like to commemorate the history and culture of African Americans in Hawaii. African-Americans overcame long voyages aboard trading vessels and slave ships upon their first arrival to the Hawaiian Islands in the early 1800s. Some were free men coming from the north US mainland, others were slaves escaping the burden of slavery finding salvation in Hawaii. Welcomed by the locals, many became successful common people of Hawaii as entrepreneurs, business owners, advisers, interpreters, and musicians. It is amazing to know how the early African-American settlers thrived and played significant roles in Hawaiian history, even before the start of the Civil War and the emancipation of slavery. Discover Hawaii Tours will be exploring this interesting topic with a series of articles throughout Black History Month.

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