If you want to meet with the people of Hawaii, Samoa, Maori, Fiji, Tahiti, the Marquesas and Tonga in forty-two acres of villages and to see the world's largest Polynesian show, then you have to visit Hawaii’s Polynesian Cultural Center — located in Laie, on the north shore of Oahu. Going from village to village learning about the different Islands is a great fun.
The evening luau show is a “must see” , the music and dancing roams from Hawaii to Tahiti to Samoa, with numerous costume changes, thunderous drums and of course the obligatory fire dance.
Here you can taste a lot of authentic Hawaiian food at the All-you-can-eat buffet. The buffet tables hold such traditional items as Kalua pig, slow-cooked whole with spinach-like taro leaves in an imu (underground oven) for many hours.
There is also Lau lau steamed salt butterfish, beef, pork wrapped in taro and ti leaves; the famous Chicken Lu`au cooked with taro leaves and coconut milk; the marinated, grilled Teriyaki steak and last but not least, the Hawaiian favorite, sauteed Mahimahi fish filets. Among the salads you can find such as Hawaiian octopus and Lomi salmon.
Oh -- and do not forget the side dish, the Poi made from pounding taro roots.
The center also gives you an idea of traditional architecture. If you don´t care too much for the shows, go and visit the individual villages and look at the displays. They are worth it.
This picture depicts a Fiji temple.
The Polynesian Cultural Center, in the northeast of Oahu, is very commercial and crowded - but still worthwhile visiting. Organized trips will take you there, but of course you can also go on your own. The center gives you an idea of the cultures of Polynesia, of what the islands used to be like. The show I enjoyed most is the Samoan one. Meet the protagonist - hilarious! He entered the scene introducing himself as 'Ice' and 'his brother, Cream'. In his islands, he is a chief - and I believe it.
Every afternoon, there is a 'pageant' through the park, telling polynesian legends. Find a seat in the shade and enjoy!