01 August 2008

Hawaii: Day Four (The Polynesian Cultural Center)

Yesterday was spent almost entirely at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC).

Founded in 1963 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the PCC is the place to be here on the island of Oahu. In one day, you can travel Disneyland-style to Hawaii, Aoteaora (New Zealand), Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, and Fiji. Let me tell you, it was magical!

Cody and I spent the day traveling through the different island nations. When the sun went down, we went to the night show, where each island's dances and stories are showcased on stage. It's the only place to see full-fledged Polynesian dancing at its best.

Cody goes to school with all the kids that work there, so we definitely got hooked up . We got into the "park" for $5 and saw the night show for $10, for a total savings of $71. Thanks, Art.

While I was there, I had a few Sammy's experiences. I ran into two mission buddies and Haliaka, a girl I worked with last Fall at Catering.

Another Sammy's experience.

Cody playing with "poi balls" in Aotearoa

My dear friends, Lena, Alexandria, and Des performing in Aotearoa

Two Samoans (offering comic relief) up a tree in the Samoan Village

Me playing a spear game in the Tongan Village

The night show was great. You never really get to see Polynesians doing their thing in full force, so this was great.

A few highlights.

I've been forced to give up the thumbs-up in Hawaii. In its place, the "shaka."

Hang loose!


Kimberly said...

Where do you find all these random people to hang out with? Looks like you are having a blast!

Diane said...

I wondered what was up with the "shaka". It did look a little different than your usual thumbs up. You really packed a lot into your short week there. Looks like lots of fun. Can't wait to go there myself. I'm sure you wouldn't mind coming too!

Robyn said...

Still no birthday tribute...ha ha! I would LOVE to go to the PCC. If I'm ever in Hawaii, tell Cody to stay friends with those people so I can get your deal!

Pcrowther said...

Wait MICHAEL! YOU'RE IN HAWAII?? I just called your mom. Who knew What a neat experience for you. She told me that you had this opportunity. Enjoy! I wish I were there with you. I love Hawaii. Thanks for the cool pictures.