Hawaii will be in the world spotlight as it hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation next week.
There is hope world leaders will take not only economic policy home with them, but also some island culture.
At the State Capitol Monday, Hawaii lawmakers went back to school. Some took part in cultural training for APEC along with an brief refresher on the Hawaiian language.
"Kipa in Hawaiian is to visit, to spend time with somebody," said Hi'ilani Shibata, with Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association.
The lawmakers are the last of more than 1,100 residents who have been trained in Hawaiian hospitality, known as Ho'okipa. That training took place over the past 6 months.
"I learned something new, instead of saying 'laulau' as we normally do, I learned the way you say 'laulau' can have a completely different meaning," said Rep. Marcus Oshiro.
The training was paid for by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs at a cost of $250,000. That cost also includes blessings and ceremonies to be held, which will also highlight Hawaii's culture.
"For a change, Hawaiians wanted to be front and center. We wanted to have a major role of welcoming these people and functions with aloha and Ho'okipa," said Peter Apo, a trustee with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
World leaders will also be reminded of Hawaii's culture at the convention center. Where OHA spent $100,000 for a huge mural that was put together by island artists and Hawaiian immersion schools.
But Apo said the money will be well spent if the culture of our islands is taken in by leaders of Pacific Rim countries. And some hope that attendees will also take home a little bit of Hawaii as well.
"The language and maybe even speaking some of the phrases of Hawaiian and understanding more about aloha," said Shibata.
One of the important aspects of Ho'okipa is to get local people to share with visitors a little about themselves, the stories of Hawaii or just like any out-of-towner needs -- a great place to eat.