"The Hula is the heartbeat of the Hawaiian People."
|The harbor at Honolulu|
Sadly, Mom was really looking forward to this, but she still didn't feel well enough to leave her room for the entire day, so we went without her. I am still getting over my guilt and sadness (what is wrong with me?), but I know she'll be able to go back again someday.
Upon entering the Polynesian Cultural Center park, we immediately lost Jeff and Linda and Karl and Virginia and never saw them again until we boarded the bus at about 9pm at the end of the day. Stephen, Shepherd, and I stopped and ate a bit of lunch at one of the food stands (which turned out to be delicious and MUCH tastier than our meal that night which was included in the price of the ticket).
Satiated, we ventured out into all the areas representing different islands in the Pacific.
Each village displayed different aspects of their culture and way of life, from boat making to fire starting to dancing to music. They had prepared presentations all throughout the day. We attempted to get all of them in, but we poorly planned at first and were just walking around to see what we could see. Although we didn't get to see every presentation, but we saw quite few and had a lot of fun. Even in the rain.
The villages included the following countries and islands:
It started raining off and on, so I bought a plastic poncho which came in handy when we took a boat ride and the seats were soaking wet. :)
In the middle of the day, they had a dancing presentation, a procession of rafts, where dancers from each island area dressed in traditional attire and danced.
I'll have to go back with Mom and make sure I plan out the day so we can see every presentation in every village. :) All in all it was a fun day. We ended the day with a buffet dinner and the late night show called "HA: The Breath of Life." Fire and dancing. Lots of it!
Up next is Kauai and Waimea Canyon. You definitely don't want to miss these pictures.
(Written August 3rd, 2013)