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."