Monday, November 02, 2015

Polynesian Cultural Center

Day 4 we first went to a Swap Meet at the Aloha Stadium, pretty fun, but it was hot out on the asphalt! Next we drove to the Polynesian Cultural Center, which is kind of like an EPCOT, but just for the Polynesian islands. The Polnesian islands are made up of: Tonga, Tahiti, Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa and New Zealand. We spent the day there and did tons of activities that related to the different islands. It opened at noon and we appeared to be one of the first groups of people there and the place was eerrily deserted. We were the first in line for the IMAX theatre and there were only about 10 people in the theater. The cultural center quickly filled up though.  The place is broken up into different polynesian islands and in each section you can/see different things pertaining to that island.
 We got 'tattoos' from Samoa. Harriet's meant princess, mine was queen and Steve's was warrior.

At Tonga we made little fish toys out of palm leaves.

We also watched a performance and then Steve and Harriet played this traditional stick throwing game at Tahiti.

Harriet got a crown made out of palms at one of the islands. 

There was a canoe pageant of all the islands twice a day on the water where they did traditional dances and played music from each of the islands. The people who worked at the island areas were actually native to that island and most of them were students at the BYU- Hawaii campus next door to the cultural center. BYU owns and runs the cultural center. 

 Traditional straw huts were all around.

At New Zealand (referred to as the islands of Aotearoa) there were guys carving things like this in one of the buildings. They said that they had carved items that were given as presents when leaders from New Zealand have visited the center.

We played yet another stick game with this Kiwi. It started out with about 10 of us and then I was the last one standing.

Another traditional stick game.

We really enjoyed the day and learned a lot about the different island cultures. We had heard that this place had the best luau, but basically after experiencing everything that was in the luau performance it seemed like overkill.

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