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)...more
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...more
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...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...more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
Nothing quit matches the excitement and fun of a real Hawaiian luau. PCC's Alii Luau is one of the few authentic Hawaiian Luaus in the world. The food and entertainment is great. Be sure to stand in line early, because it is first come, first served. The Luau is great for couples celebrating anniversaries and is fun for the entire family as well.
Favorite Dish: I really like their Hawaiian jerky and coconut haupia desserts. I love their pork too.
This Legend is as it appears at La'ie Point describing the legend behind the formation of the 5 small islands.
This point of land that extends out into the ocean is called Laniloa. According to legend. This peninsula was originally a "Mo'o" or giant lizard. Standing upright ready to kill any intruder.
After Kana (a legendary warrior) and his brother had rescued their mother from Moloka'i and had taken her back to Hawaii. Kana set out on a journey to kill all the Mo'o in the islands. In time, he arrived in La'ie where the Mo'o had been killing many people. Kana easily defeated the Mo'o taking its head. He chopped it into five pieces and flung them into the ocean. The pieces of the lizard's head can still be seen today as five small islands lying off-shore their original names were Kihewamoku, Molua’aniwa, Pulemoku, Malualai and Keauakaluapa'a'a.
Source: "Hawaiian Legends" by William Rice, Bishop Museum Bulletin, Honolulu, HI 1923.
This legend is especially interesting since it bears very similar resemblance to one that i have heard about Crater Lake as described by the native Kalamath Peoples.
Taking taxis or the city bus to get to PCC.
Unique Suggestions: If you have to take a taxi, you shouldn't have to pay more than $80 one way. If you go on the city bus back to Waikiki, make sure you go to the bus stop right after the show so you don't miss the bus.
Fun Alternatives: If you need to come to PCC, either come by rental car or motorcoach. Taxis are too expensive and the City Bus makes too many stops.