HONOLULU (AP) - The Dalai Lama says keeping Native Hawaiian language alive is essential to the culture's survival.
During a trip to the Bishop Museum on Saturday, the spiritual leader called Native Hawaiians "special brothers and sisters" to the Tibetan people.
He was greeted Saturday morning with a chant and preschoolers singing a song in the Hawaiian language.
He also urged people to respect nature, saying technology has led some to believe they can control it.
He visited Iolani Palace later Saturday.
This is the Dalai Lama's fourth visit to the islands and his first since 2007, when he visited Maui.