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Spend the day at the Polynesian Cultural Center when on Oahu

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The Polynesian Cultural Center offers a day trip though Polynesia. Each village shows off their folkloric dances and handicrafts. Get there when they open because there is more than enough to do. In fact, some people take advantage of the two-day pass. Move from Samoa, to Rapa Nui, to Tonga, to Tahiti to Fiji to Hawai’i and Aotearoa. All the village presentations are fascinating but don’t miss Fiji’s drum and dance show with dancers displaying their unique wide-eye, protruding tongue display meant to intimidate its foes.

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Be by the “beach” for the canoe parade the features all the villages. Nearby is the Hawaiian Journey, a visual tour of Hawaii with cultural aspect. To learn how the islands were populated check out the Iosepa, a typical outrigger canoe. Be there for the lecture on the spread of culture from island to island.

The center closes at 5 p.m. and then it is time to head to the Hale Ku’ai for a fabulous luau. Try the taro, poi, and poke along with the sweet potato and roast pig. After dinner there is time to amble over to the evening show, “Ha: Breath of Life,” which is circle of life story similar to the “Lion King.” For more information check Polynesia.com.

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