Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Paradise, Day Five

Field trip day again! This one was not my fault. It was just such a wonderfully informative place, it turned into an educational day completely by accident.

We ventured out to La'ie to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center. It was a jam-packed afternoon of visiting with Polynesian islanders from Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hawai'i, and Tahiti. We watched them perform native dances and participated in some of their traditional crafts.

Our children were volunteered to learn the Samoan version of the Electric Slide. It involves coconut shells.

Brian was chosen to train for a new career as a Samoan chef. It seems that the men in Samoa are responsible for hunting, preparing, and serving the food. Accordingly, they need to know how to make fire.

I think he was relieved that they allowed the real-live Samoan to climb the coconut tree. Amazing!

There was a Pageant of Canoes which featured dancers from each island in their native dress. It was fascinating to see the similiarities and yet the differences in their music and movements. These dancers from Tahiti are known for their hippy movements. How do they do that?

There was just so much to do; it was difficult to get it all in. Before we knew it, the time had come for the luau. The menu featured many traditional Hawaiian dishes including poi, poke, lomilomi salmon, pipi kaula, kalua pua'a, chicken, fish, chicken long rice, Hawaiian sweet potatoes, pineapple, salads, beautifully purple taro rolls, and desserts like chocolate macadamia nut cake and coconut cake. Woo hoo! We were all a bunch of stuffed pigs.

The entertainment continued throughout dinner, with more Hawaiian music and dance.

After the meal, we headed over to see the evening show, Horizons, which featured more Polynesian song and dance. We especially enjoyed the fire walkers. The highlight of the evening was the Samoan fire dancer who delighted us with his phenomenal display.

Exhausted, we collapsed into bed at the latest time yet, 10:30 p.m. Zzz...

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