Polynesian Cultural Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center is a beautiful visitor attraction that exhibits the images, history and hospitality of 7 Pacific cultures. The center is on 42 acres on the north shore of Oahu. We saw islanders reenact war dances, wedding ceremonies, rub sticks together to create fire, carve tiki figures, wield fire knives and climb four-story trees in bare feet! The seven cultures represented were the Islands of Tonga, the Islands of Tahiti, the Islands of Marquesas, The Islands of Hawaii, the Islands of Fiji, the Islands of New Zealand (Aotearoa), and the Islands of Samoa. They also put on a "Long Canoe Pageant" of canoes from each of the 7 islands. At the end of the night we went to a show, "Horizons" a Polynesian revue of song and dance featuring over 100 native performers from all corners of the Pacific. They were dressed in native attire and shared their histories and traditions and spirit the same way their ancestors did. The most amazing were the fire knife champions and fire walkers. The entire show was truly breathtaking!

 

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Sylvia Ackerson 2003 - 2006