Sunday, April 22, 2007

Polynesian Cultural Center

My Aunt Luz treated the whole family to a day at the Polynesian Cultural Center. I don't know why I've never been there, it was a lot of fun! It took a while to get there from the house, but it was well worth it.
Before we even got to the first island (the Center is divided up into the different islands that make up Polynesia), I had already found my tiki self, I'm pretty sure that is a spoon in its left hand.
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Some of the islands are connected by bridges over a lagoon.
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A Fijian Bure Kalou, which literally means "Spirit House".
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Each day, along the main waterway, there is a canoe parade where each of the islands are represented:
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Aotearoa (New Zealand)
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Samoa
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The dancers have a little fun with their oarsman. At a manuever, to spin the canoe around, the dancers "rocked" the boat at the right moment.
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Which ends up with this...
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Fiji
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Hawaii
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Tonga
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Tahiti
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Can you tell it was my favorite canoe?

Love them waterfalls... Ok, so they are not the real thing...
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Celia and Jim at one of the many bridges.
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After the Canoe Pageant, we went to the different islands and tried our hands at some of the dances and other things that had some potential of pain...
Poi balls anyone?
Jim?
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Adrian?
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Ivana?
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Minnie?
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How about tititorea, the Maori stick game designed to develop hand-eye coordination?
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After a while Celia, Jim, Minnie and Olivia were doing very well. Then mom and Auntie Thelma decided to give it a try.
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Oh well...

Me at the Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Exhibit
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Jim and Celia at the waterfall
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Getting tired and hungry and waiting for the evening show (which was not for another hour.
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Evening show
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Once all the pyro-performers wrapped up the entire cast came out for the finale.
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On the way out I found a couple of dancers to take the tourist photo with me.
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It was a great end to my visit. As soon as I got back from dropping Celia and Jim off at the Banyan, I had to start packing. My plane leaves at 7 am, which meant I had to be at the airport "around" 5 am (c'mon! Airport rules or not, this was still Hawaii. They are still pretty laid back here!)

1 Comments:

Anonymous Mini said...

Beautiful pictures Sunny!

1:17 AM  

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