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Embracing the Polynesian culture of Hawaii

Hawaii, in many ways, felt like home.

When I visited in late June, it was very warm, with temperatures of between 23°C (at night) and 30°C (day time). Only, it was much windier, and wasn’t as humid as Malaysia.

The vegetation was lush and verdant, too.

The hibiscus (Malaysia’s national flower) is commonly found here. One unique variety goes by these names: Sea/Beach Hibiscus, the Hau, or “rainbow flowers”. They change colour as the day wears on, from yellow in the morning, to red or orange by late afternoon.

On this media trip sponsored by AirAsia X and Hawaii Tourism Southeast Asia, our group visited Iolani Palace – the only royal palace on US soil – built by King David Kalakaua in 1882 and restored to its original splendour in…

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