Dark History Hawaiʻi / Beyond Paradise

Wailuku, United States

Experience hosted by Ian

2 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people

What you'll do

Step through time as you are immersed in stories of Hawaiʻi from the year 1700 to present day, and learn of what truly lies "beyond paradise."

Storytelling is a Hawaiian tradition as our language was originally a spoken language – missionaries later introduced the writing system that we use today.

This truly is a unique opportunity to spend time with a native Hawaiian and to learn about our kingdom, its history, and our culture. All of that interwoven with music + ancient games & activities.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
* Rated PG-13

* In-depth 2 hour session packed with knowledge.

* Account for traffic – Our meeting location is in central Maui. 30-45 minutes from Kihei, 45 mins - 1 hour from Lahaina.

* Dress comfortably – Wailuku is warm in the afternoon & cold by evening.
Step through time as you are immersed in stories of Hawaiʻi from the year 1700 to present day, and learn of what truly lies "beyond paradise."

Storytelling is a Hawaiian tradition as our language was originally a spoken language – missionaries later introduced the writing system that we use today.

This truly is a unique opportunity to spend time with a native Hawaiian and to learn about our kingdom, its history, and our cul…

Meet your host, Ian

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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I am a kanaka (Hawaiian) born and raised on Maui. I've seen the good and bad of these islands, and I've also lived it.

In 2013, I graduated from a prestigious Hawaiian school, which helped in my understanding of the corruption not only here at home but all over the world.
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Where you'll be

This experience is held at my house, which is located along the slopes of Mauna Kahalawai (the west Maui mountains). Enjoy gorgeous views of the mountain from the comfort of my yard. Around the property, you will also find a variety of trees and plants that are often associated with our Hawaiian culture.

Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 126 reviews.

Phuong
September 2021
This is a truly memorable experience that showcases the sacredness of Hawaii through Ian’s fantastic storytelling of the Kingdom’s dark history. While we had done some research earlier about the history, people and culture, hearing it first hand through Ian’s carefully curated stories and interactive activities truly emphasized the magnificence of this place. From the get-go, Ian was a wonderful, genuine and welcoming host. Through the 2 hour journey, he was very engaging and gave us plenty of opportunities to ask questions as he took us on a journey through time. Ian always answered each with kindness and honesty. I would absolutely recommend this experience as it helped us gain a greater appreciation for Hawaii. Thank you Ian!
Joanna
September 2021
Ian is a masterful storyteller. He uses his facial expression and tone of voice to convey strong emotions in his historical recounts of ancient Hawaii. His singing and use of instruments was beautiful and pulled at my heart-strings. I loved the games which brought a lot of joy. Thank you Ian for the magical evening that enriched my knowledge of this beautiful land.
Geneva
September 2021
A wonderful evening filled with stories. I learned a lot more than I expected to. It was the Hawaiian perspective of the history that made it come alive. I will pass this experience along so i hope many more visitors will take get to experience an evening of stories with Ian.
Ashley
September 2021
My friends and I really enjoyed the Dark History of Hawaii with Ian. Ian is a great storyteller and had fun activities to keep the group engaged throughout the evening. We gained a new appreciation for the history of Hawaii as well as the current challenges native Hawaiians are experiencing. We all have a richer view of Hawaii after this experience and are eager to learn more. I highly recommend this experience for others who want to learn more about Hawaii.
Kirsten
September 2021
Ian is an incredible storyteller. He warmly welcomed us into his space. He left us inspired, more aware and with a deeper respect for this place and its people.
Andrea
September 2021
This experience is on our top 3 things to do in Maui! It completely surpassed our expectations. Ian has a knack for storytelling, he was so engaging and open to all questions. We enjoyed the ancient Hawaiian games midway through and really got into it! It was such a beautiful intimate experience, the other two couples that attended with us were so friendly and all of us had so much fun- by the end of the session we forgot we had just all met each other. It was a true testament to the environment Ian made for us. Thank you so much Ian for showing us so much aloha spirit, we feel like we made a friend for life 🙏🏽

Choose from available dates

3 available
  • Thu, Oct 7
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Join 4 other guests
    $35 per person
  • Tue, Oct 12
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    $35 per person
  • Tue, Oct 19
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    $35 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 13 and up can attend.

What to bring

Jacket / Sweater