The third day we were in Oahu, we visited the Polynesian Cultural Center. It was one of the highlights of Hawaii for me 20 years ago, and was just as awesome this time. I love learning about the cultures of each island nation and watching the native dances and listening to the native songs. I wish we had had more time there. It's arranged kind of like Disneyland...? You walk around, visiting little "villages": Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti, etc. and watch presentations and play games and make stuff. It's fantastic.
Do you know how much I love the Mauris?? Their chant-with-chest-pounding thing is my favorite thing ever!!!
Oh, and Ben and I got temporary Mauri tattoos. Mine stands for strength. His stands for family, I think:
They had this cool parade-on-a-river thing that was fun to watch. I watched all of the dancing closely that day, obviously. It was interesting to see the differences in the style of costume and dance. The Fijian dance that the men did mimed warfare and battle:
We did this luau thing. It was kind of cool. It was kind of a taste of the show to come later that evening. And speaking of taste, man, is their pork salty!! Of course, my taste buds are still (!) oversensitive to salt and spice. Four months after my last chemo. It's crazy how long the effects of chemo last.
BTDubs, lais are so itchy!!
Oh, and...they asked for volunteers to dance the Tahitian style. I was across from Ben, facing away from him, watching the people pick members of the audience, not knowing that Ben was pointing at me. And I got picked. Haha! I had a blast but looked like such a nerd! The video is too big for me to upload here. I'll try to put it on Facebook.
The night show was really, really awesome. Tons more dancing, singing, fire dancing... Fantastic. Such a must-see if you go to Oahu!