The family always enjoys a luau while in the islands so Kim picked a bit of a different one this time. Usually, these are just a dinner and show. But we learned of the Polynesian Cultural Center over on the other side of the island. It was more of an all day adventure. Kind of like Epcot meets luau — meaning they had several little villages setup for each of the major Polynesian islands. So you traveled over a bridge to that country and would partake in games, crafts, songs, and what not for those peoples. In between, there was a canoe parade with dancing.
Over in Samoa, this dude stole the show. He was very dry and hilarious. He did a demonstration involving coconuts that had us laughing as he did a variety of jokes that just fit in. Turns out he is a fixture here. Does this skit several times a day for like 20 years. So he has all the nuances dialed in and plenty of subtle jokes. I would blog them but you had to be there.
Mid-show, his buddy showed us how they climb trees in Samoa to grab the coconuts. Nice job with the legs there buddy. Impressed. He was way up that tall tree. Like falling would have killed you high.
Next up was New Zealand but it had a funny tribal name that I don’t recall. They had us play a children’s game with sticks. Basically, you stood there with your stick, then the leader called out left or right. You then ran that direction and grabbed the next stick leaving yours behind. You had to grab the stick before it fell over. Turned out to be fun as they reversed directions and expanded the circle. Good simple campfire/scout game.
We got some sick tats as a family for completing the challenge. These babies better be permanent.
In another land, we made some children’s toys by weaving them. Apparently, there is no Walmart there (yet) so they make the toys. You could cast this little fish on the line. Neat.
Time to arm the kids with spears. Kids would make good warriors I suppose. So they learned how to throw some spears.
Over in Fiji, we learned about cannibals. Hmm. Keep your eyes on that dude in the middle around your kids.
Back in Hawaii, we learned the hulu. I was awesome. The girls…eh.
Time for dinner. That’s some crazy looking bread! Taro.
I got 2 hula chicks sitting with me!
Dad, what’s for dinner? Mac-n-cheese? Pizza? No. That thing they are pulling out of the ground over there kids. Yum!
Let’s get a closer look. Uh, your dinner is looking back at you. Yikes! Traditional pig. Reagan is a picky eater but she actually munched on the pork quite a bit. Kind of like carnitas at Chipotle.
Anybody want to come on stage and do the hula?
Time for the big show. The kids really enjoyed it. It was more 21-st century and understandable to them. Had some production value. They got really excited during the big finale with all the fire and dancing. Got a standing ovation from them and the rest of the crowd.
Jesus, that was a long day.