Island Traditions
(Hawaiian Customs)

By Cara Fasone

Every culture has their own version of “You know you’re from Hawaii, when….” Now that I am on the mainland, I love reading these lists of island traditions that are distinctly Hawaiian. Only in Hawaii will you see locals wearing colorful aloha attire in the business districts or dangling Hawaiian bracelets on their wrists.

The same customs I overlooked growing up in Hawaii, are now the customs I practice on the mainland to feel closer to home.  I never wear my rubba slippas in the house, I make it a point to bake mochi on Girl’s Day, and no matter what diet fad is trendy, I will never turn down Spam.

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