One of the things we wanted to do with the boys while in on Oahu was the Polynesian Cultural Center. The Polynesian Cultural Center is 13.5 acres divided into seven villages each representing seven Polynesian Islands; Samoa, Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, Tonga, Marquesas and Aotearoa.
When DH and I had been 13 years prior, our favorite village had been the Samoa Village. We watched while one of the Somoan Villagers climbed a tree, plucked a coconut from it, brought it down, peeled the husk off, cracked the shell with a small rock, shredded the coconut from it’s insides with a spear, then lit a fire with the hairy husk and two small sticks all in about 12 minutes, with the acting aplomb of Hollywood’s elite.
Even though all the villages were quite entertaining, Samoa is still our favorite. The guy that did the routine was quite the comedian, and ended up calling Roo up to drink the water inside the coconut.
Our tour guide was a very sweet girl from Tahiti by the name of Rahae. She told us that she and a large percentage of the employees at the Polynesian Cultural Center were students at Brigham Young University at Hawaii. I didn’t even know there was a BYU on Oahu, let alone it possessing so many talented individuals.
She took us to each individual village where there was a show and a history lesson on each culture. Just outside one village there was a replica of a long boat:
After we toured the villages, there was a parade of sorts on the river that runs through the property. Each village performed a dance on a float.
After the parade we hopped a bus and visited The Laie Hawaiian LDS Mormon Temple which is next to BYU. It was an amazingly landscaped place, and made me wonder how many gardeners it took to keep it that way.
After the tour, we went back to the Polynesian Cultural Center and went to dinner before seeing their major show, Ha: Breath of Life. It was a long day, but we all had a great time seeing other cultures and learning about them. Well worth the long day.