Anyone that has been to Hawaii knows the Aloha vibe that Hawaiian natives give off to those who visit their island. They keep such great care of their islands and the oceans around them. All locals till this day practice their native culture and traditions but most of us guests don't know what they are or have had the privilege to experience how beautiful it really is. Everything from their dances to their dresses and even the way they are and how they came to be the Aloha people that they are today. I'm the kind of person that loves to learn about other cultures, languages, traditions, etc. so I like to experience it first hand. There's nothing like learning about a culture out of a book, magazine, or an episode on the History or Discovery channel. If you're like me that likes to explore the world and those we share it with I recommend to go to the Polynesian Culture Center on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
The Polynesian Cultural Center is the perfect place to go to get a good perspective of not just the Hawaiian culture but all of the Polynesian cultures from the surrounding islands. The park is divided between each different set of islands such as Tahiti, Hawaii, Samoa, etc. You get a little pamphlet with all the times that each island is having a show. You can walk around the park and stop at each island to view it. The show consists of native dances and traditions such as a wedding, engagement, fire dancing, getting coconuts, making blankets and other items, and even teach you a few of their native words.
In the afternoon there's a huge show down the river where each island floats by on a canoe with dancers on board showing the native dances to each of the islands. This fills up so it's best to sit by the river before the crowd gets there if not you will be standing. This show is very pretty. I love seeing this show out of all the shows (except the Ha Breath Of Life and the Luau, those are the best). Below are some of the canoes that passed by. My camera died during this so I couldn't record anything but I will definitely be going back next time I visit the island.
There's also a few gift shops around the park that have some native island goods such as leis, ukuleles, jewelry and much more. After the park side closes the dinner and luau's open up. There's several kinds of luau's you can do as well as the amazing night show, "Ha Breath Of Life" which is presented after dinner. Luau's are usually performed during the dinner time. Show and a mix of local foods. They even take you out to the fire pit where they cook the pork the traditional way and show you how they take it out and carry it out to the kitchen. The food was absolutely delicious and the luau very fun. My daughter Bella even went up to dance with the dancers. She is always dancing at home. She calls it, "The Hawaii Dance." Of course she had to take a picture with the girl below. She kept saying she was pretty and wanted to take a picture with her and the guy.
If you are planning to go, it's best to purchase your tickets ahead of time. If you purchase your tickets at least 10 days in advanced using the link below you can receive 10% off your total. If you purchase regular park admission and "Ha Breath Of Life" show you will receive a free dinner. I highly recommend this show. You will absolutely love it. Sadly I can't share pictures or videos with you as no photography or video recording is allowed during the show.
If you have been to the Polynesian Cultural Center feel free to comment below with your experience and what you liked best about the park. Don't forget to share on social media or pin this article on your Pinterest to share with your friends and family.
Diclosure: All opinions and experiences are my own. I did not get compensated for this blog post. I do receive a small commission for any purchases made using my affiliate links with the Polynesian Cultural Center.
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