Polynesian Cultural Center
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May 24th, 2007 – by: crystalware
We ended in the parking lot of the cultural center at noon and made our way in. As you walk through, there are glass display cases for each country showing off artifacts from each of the South Pacific Island.
Next we ventured to Aotearoa or New Zealand. We got to see a traditinal progression
by a neighboring village to the cheif. Afterwards, we all filed in to watch traditional
dances. Since I had visited NZ before, this was rather exciting for me. The dancers
used the poi balls and paddles, and even better, performed a haka! I love these
war dances. After their performances we got to try our hand at poi dancing, maori
tattoos and roam their village.
Next, off to Fiji. This trip to Fiji was not as exciting as my first, but hey, what can you
participate in a song using the traditional bamboo sticks.
After some long deliberation, we ventured off to the Marques Islands because they
only perform two shows a day. Here the "king and queen" peformed ceremonial
dances. They took guys out of the crowd to perform a traditional "pig hunt" which
was hilarious! This village looked to be bigger than some of the other villages but,
for some reason, didn't perform as often as all the others.
ON TO THE CANOE PAGENT! This canoe pagent took place on the small "river" that
ran through all the villages. Different countries were represented and wore
traditional style ceremonial clothes. Dances and song were performed on each
canoe and proved to be very beautiful and entertaining.
during the pagent and while it didn't deter us, many left. This was a shame,
apparently they didn't fully understand the concept of brief Hawaiian showers :)
We then traveled to Tahiti where performances included drumming and the "fast
hip shaking dance" of the Tahitians. This was a great performance! As an
interaction show, I was able to dance on stage and give the hip shaking a try.
Good times! I don't have any pics of this, unformately they were taken with my
moms camera and we are unable to download them at this time. I know, you would
have loved to see me making an idiot of myself...maybe later ;)
There was an IMAX theater in the park showing a documentary on the degaradation
of the worlds coral reefs. I thought this would be pretty interesting so we went to
the 4:00 (16:00) show.
shots of all the fish and coral was amazing. If you ever happen to go to the
cutlural center, this movie is included with your ticket price so...go see it!
Off to Tonga! These guys were fantastic! Very funny and some wicked drumming skills.
Volunteers were asked onstage and of course, my boyfriend had to be one of them.
They were asked to repeat all the drumming of the Tongans and this was by far the
funniest show! Needless to say, my boyfriend made a complete idiot of himself and
loved every minute of it :)
They also offer canoe tours on the "river" that goes through all the villages. This was
the last thing we did before hunting some food. Unfortunately we did not get to see
the Hawaiian village which I guess was okaysince we live here. We chose not to
participate in the luau buffet. While most would really enjoy this, I (andmy mom) am
a picky eater and don't do pork anything.
At 7:30 the Horizons night show started. This was an excellent display of traditional
song and dance from all the villages. THIS SHOW IS AMAZING AND A MUST SEE!!! No
words can explain how great this show was. The only better show would be to
witness the dances in the actually country.
WHAT A GREAT DAY!!! Highly recommended for a great day trip!
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