These people are dressed in their native attire and each country is different at the show. They share their histories, tradtitions and spirit the same way that their ancestors did.
I loved to see this because I think the cultures should be passed on and kept, each one was so interesting for me.
There is also the Largest Hawaiin Authentic luau here. The cost for the package total with the luau is $105.00 adult and $71.00 for children.
The most magical part to the day is the ending at night. There is a hula show and it is truely spectacular. The best I have seen with fire dances and more.
There were 7 countries that came to Hawaii and they are represented at the Polynesian Culture Center.
This group were from the Samoa islands, my first stop at the Polynesian Culture Center.
Their first born son is tattoed from head to toe. Unfortunately, no first born sons were there for me to take a picture of.
This center is owned by Brigham Young Ministries/University and all the people who work there are from these islands that are represented here.
This is the tribes of Tahiti with the colorful green. They had a demonstration of spear throwing at the coconut on a stick.
I tried, but I guess I never threw a stick at a coconut, not much success for me. Better to see the Samoa people open a coconut in 3 seconds time.
This is the people of Hawa'i and they showed tourists how to hula dance. Note: Men were the first to hula on the Hawaiin islands. Only Holly wood changed that rule.
We got in the tourist group of about 50 Asians learning how to hula. What fun it must be to bring that back to their country also.
Many countries came to Hawaii and you can see them all proudly representing their countries.
This was a canoe show at the Polynesian Culture Center. The show starts at 2:30 pm. Each island tribe comes out on their canoe and does their special dances.
This picture is the Island of Figi and also Hawa'i.
The Marquesas tribes.
This was a colorful show from the Marquesas people. They used to have 130,000 people on their island, but due to some disease that spread, there are now only 8,000 - 10,000 but growing again.
They showed a pig dance where they capture a pig with spears.
This is the pig dance or capture. They had 2 men from the audience participate, it was their wedding anniversary. This was the gift to the bride, successfully capturing a pig.
Here a Marquesas man was dressed as a pig, not a real wild boar came out. Too touristy to do the real thing I guess.
The Mormon temple in Lāʻie is the fifth oldest Mormon temple in the world (constructed in 1919). It has been remodeled and is curently one impressive looking building. At the end of a nearly mile long axial road that is lined with palm trees, it looks more like a governmental building than a temple.
This temple and its influence over the community has brought BYU Hawaii to the town and has created an unusual religious/cultural identity for the north shore of Oahu. Even if you, like me, are not Mormon it is still an interesting site to see.
La’ie Point State Wayside is a small park on the north eastern shore of Oahu. The park is 1.5 acres and includes a rocky point and 5 small islands. The islands have an interesting local legend that explains their formation. One of these islands (Kukuihoolua Islet) has a large natural arch that is very interesting. On another island (Mokualai Islet) some locals have constructed a rock structure. It has been knocked down a few times Ive heard but they go back out and reconstruct it when that happens.
There is said to be good fishing at this point as well and that would be proven by the presence of several fishermen that I saw when I was there. As well as the possibility of some cliffs to jump into the water from but don’t quote me on that one as I'm not sure if the water is deep enough.
This culture center has shops to buy Polynesian items, an IMAX theatre, canoe rides and train rides. It is on 42 acres, so it does take time to see it all.
There is a presentation at each country which shows their special cultures and lifestyle.
The Polynesian Cultural Center is a must do if you are staying on Oahu. You learn about the different cultures of Polynesia. If you decide to take a group tour, like I did, you will have a tpur guide take you around the island, play games from all different countries, and even have the honor to eating at a luau. The fun never stops, and you learn so much!
My favorite part was the river parade. You see dancers from each country dancing on boats! It is so beautiful, and very colorful! Makes for great memories, and awesome pictures!
Here are some numbers and E-mail Addresses incase you want to find out more. The Website is very helpful as well:
Reservations & Guest Services
Toll free from the mainland U.S. at 800-367-7060.
On Oahu: 293-3333
By Fax: 888-722-7339
Restaurants and Island Foods
By Phone: 808-293-3132
By Fax: 808-293-3135
By e-mail: email@example.com
Culture and History
By Phone: 808-293-3005
By Fax: 808-293-3022
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales & Marketing Office
By Phone: 808-923-2911
By Fax: 808-923-2917
Treasures of Polynesia (gift shops)
By Phone: Toll free from the mainland U.S. at 800-283-3108
By Fax: 808-293-3027
By e-mail: email@example.com
By Phone: 808-293-3005
By Fax: 808-293-3022
The Samoa people were my favorite people, i know this does not make sense, but my dogs are Samoyeds. :o)
This first born son in the Samoa family has a full body tattoe. Quite interesting!
The people of New Zeeland had painted faces. I got a tattoe (temporary) just like they get only theirs are permanent.
At night there is a dinner show and luaus and hula shows. If you have not seen one, it is truely a show of amazing things.
Colorful costumes, fire dancing and ancient wedding traditional dances.