One of the main reasons we chose to come to Hawaii was because we wanted to experience South Pacific culture without having to fly for 16 hours. So when I discovered we could learn about six different cultures at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu’s north shore, I was sold.
The center showcases native cultures of Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Fiji, Hawaii, Tahiti and Tonga. The place is basically a theme park with different villages. There are shows in each village, but our boys wouldn’t sit for those. They were much happier doing the hands-on activities such as long poi twirling in Aotearoa (which was pretty hilarious), ancient bowling in Hawaii, and weaving in Tonga. Brayden and I even learned how to dance the hula, though thankfully no one got photos of that.
We also took a canoe ride through the villages, saw an IMAX show about Hawaiian scenery, and watched a canoe pageant in which people from each culture wore traditional garb and performed various rituals and dances. I really enjoyed it, but the kids were slightly less impressed — Brayden thought the best part was when one of the Tonga guys accidentally fell into the water.
Back to the beach tomorrow…
It all looks so fun, Brayden! You are very lucky to be experiencing such a great holiday. Continue to make memories so you can come back and tell us all about them. With love and hugs, Miss Fiorentino and the Grade 1-2 class.