De Carlini Hawaian Lady Christmas Ornament

Item #: 412-2556
MSRP: $85.00
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Adding to our cultural collection is the De Carlini Hawaiian Lady Ornament which is decorated in a grass skirt with red feathers around the waist, gold bralette, bead necklaces and flowers in her hair. This item will add some Polynesian history to your tree!

The Hawaiian Islands provide a relaxing paradise to visitors for romantic getaways, holidays and an authentic cultural experience. Nearly 10 million tourists visit the Hawaiian Islands a year and it is home to 1.4 million residents. The 6 major islands are Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and the island of Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands were formed by volcanoes erupting over millions of years. The volcanoes of Hawaii are Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, Kilauea, and Kohala.

The Hawaiian culture is based on old legends and superstitions. The demi-god, Maui, pulled up the island from the sea bed. The volcano goddess, Pele, is known for her feuds and jealous outbursts and is considered the creator of the Hawaiian Islands. The snow goddess, Poli’ahu, battled Pele which resulted in a series of eruptions against the snow and caused the glaciers to form on Mauna Kea. Gifting a flower lei is an offer of friendship but should not be worn when pregnant because it will bring bad luck.

Music is an important part of Hawaiian culture. It is accompanied by the hula. Hula features colorful costumes and grass skirts. There are different styles of the hula from the ancient primitive style to the ones used for storytelling. Grass skirts are worn for their practicality. They are dry and lightweight therefore easy to carry to the mainland. Grass skirts were made from fresh ti leaves which are not available on the mainland of the U.S.  

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