Today we travelthirty-twoo miles from Waikiki to the Polynesian Cultural Center, a lush retreat into the past, capturing the music, dance, and culture of six Pacific island nations: Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Samoa. Experience thousands of years of cultural traditions in these villages, brought to life by native Pacific islanders. Enjoy an informative orientation at each village with hands-on cultural activities.
In the Hawaiian Village, we get to share the beauty of the islands through dance and song while hula lessons are provided throughout the day. We can also try a few ancient Hawaiian games, taste freshly prepared poi, or discover the art of lauhala weaving.
Fijian warriors welcome us while the women entertain with traditional dance in the Fijian Village. Learn how to make coconut oil and gaze up at the awe-inspiring 6-story temple. In the village of Samoa, enjoy Samoan songs and dance, and watch as a young warrior climbs a 40-foot coconut tree in his bare feet.
A formal welcome to the New Zealand village includes the powerful Maori war dance: the Haka. Learn ancient games of skill still taught to Maori school children, watch artisans carve deadly-looking weapons, and discover interesting cooking and food preservation methods.
At the Tonga village, we can paddle a native-style outrigger canoe used centuries ago, play the Tongan shuffleboard gam, test our skills in throwing spears and learn how to dance sitting down. Don’t miss the special wedding ceremony at the Tonga village. Other experiences include sampling melt-in-your-mouth coconut bread, pole fishing, and throwing a spear at a coconut.
The luau focuses on Hawaiian hula in terms of entertainment, and other Polynesian dances like Haka, Tahitian dance, and fire knife dance will be performed at the night show, “HA: Breath of Life”
Early evening at “Hale Aloha”, a venue specially made for a great Luau experience, “Ali’i luau”, o royal luau”, is where we can watch our Polynesian dance performances and fill our stomachs with all- you-can-eat Hawaiian/Polynesian food. The menu consistst of a variety of Hawaiian dishes such as Kalua Pork, Hulihuli Chicken, Ahi (Tuna) Poke, and Poi , plus seasonal local fruit, salad bar, roasted pork ,and local fish at the carving station. The luau focuses on Hawaiian hula and other Polynesian dances like Haka, Tahitian dance, and fire knife dance will be performed at the night show, “HA: Breath of Life”.
After dinner, the dramatic show “Ha: Breath of Life” will captivate our imagination as we hear the drums, see native dances, and watch the journey of Mana as he grows from boy to warrior. Over a hundred performers from across the Pacific bring this ancient legend to life. Its pulsating tropical rhythms will carry us deep into our own island reverie.