What a day! It started a little rough, Joy was a little nauseous on the bus ride across the island (we bought some Dramamine), but when we got there she pepped up quickly! By the way, the bus system in Hawaii is awesome, for two dollars you can get anywhere on the island.
Joy knew she would like the Polynesian Cultural Center as soon as we got to the front gate. Everyone who knows her knows how much she likes tiki and Easter Island heads. There was both here!
You Know Joy Loved This!
The Polynesian Cultural Center contains seven separate "villages" educating about the island cultures of Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, Marquesas, and Tonga. Each village has a main attraction show as well as native activities to participate in. There is a canoe pageant during the middle of the day, an Imax theatre, a luau in the evening, and an amazing show at the end of the night.
Overall there's way more to do than there is time to do it. We managed to visit six of the seven villages witnessing such things as how to open a coconut, and the hip-shaking dances of Tahiti. We learned the origins of the slide guitar and ukulele, and Joy learned how to hula.
Joy Learning to Hula
Shake Those Hips!
I got called up on stage in the Marquesas area where they gave us coconut leaf crowns for participating.
Hunting a Pig
It was definitely a full day that we ended with a full stomach at a wonderful luau, and a great show full of dancing, music and fire twirling!
The Luau Was Delicious
I highly recommend the Polynesian Cultural Center to anyone visiting Hawaii, we learned a lot about the history and people of this part of the world and had a great time doing it. But now I must cut it short. We're going to Waikiki Beach!