Hawaii – day 5: Surfing and the Polynesian Cultural Center
Early Morning Quick Surfing Trip
We received a call early in the morning from Mike of Boarding House surfboard rentals. He met as at the front of the resort with 2 surfboards. After the boys changed into their suits we took off for the beach about 20 minutes away from the resort. After much trying, there were a few good rides on the boards before we headed back so they could change and we could go to the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Polynesian Cultural Center
We took a beautiful scenic ride to get to our destination. On the way there was a man selling coconut water so we stopped to get a fresh drink. Before we even left on the vacation to Hawaii, many people recommended visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center. So Mike had our tickets set up for the Luau and the evening show Breath of Life. We started off by exploring the island nations of the Polynesia. Our favorite place to visit was Tonga. The main guy doing the presentation made us laugh. He was so funny. We learned how coconut milk was made – amazing to see how what you drink on a daily basis is pulled from the coconut. We saw a guy climb a tree – fast, really fast. and were able to sample a much needed, ice cold mango drink. It was a HOT day! After visiting the different places, learning that Honolulu and ukulele are most likely to be pronounced wrong by main land Americans and learning about the Hawaiian dance we were off to see the “Rainbows of Paradise,” Hawai’i’s only water-borne show.
We found a place to sit on the lawn, since all the benches were already taken. When the show started, the emcee asked where everyone was from. When it came to the East Coast most of the noise came from our area. It was pretty funny that we were all sitting together.
We were next to some New Yorkers. They were the first to comment on the fact that those from the East coast seem to gravitate to the same places. It reminded us that we did, in fact, end up in the hot tub at the resort with people from New Jersey. While we were sitting their watching the boat show a mother duck and her little ducklings walked past us on their way to the water. A short time later one loan baby duck started looking for his mother. I was reminded of the book from my childhood by P.D. Eastman, Are You My Mother where the little bird was looking for its mother. The poor baby duck was quacking up a storm and looking everywhere for his mom, I hope he found her. After the boat show we were off to the 3d movie of Hawaii (in air conditioning – yay!) and then off to the Luau.
We chose the traditional Luau so that we could experience the tastes of Hawaii. After we were seated and eating our purple Taro rolls, the emcee got up and told us what we’d be eating that night. We took a walk out to the pit where our roast pig was covered with blackened palm leaves. It was then taken out of the pit by two men and carried into the pavilion. The luau was buffet style. We could choose from Spicy Kimchee, Hauula Tomato and Goat Cheese, Poi, salad, Lomilomi Salmon (yum!), fresh papaya, pineapples, steamed fish, mango chicken, Kalua Pork, Teriyaki marinated Strip Loin, steamed white rice, Honey Roasted Molokai Sweet Potato & Roasted Coconut (yum!) and Poi. There were some pretty yummy dishes and some that I wouldn’t want to eat again (Poi) but all in all we had a good time and enjoyed the flavors of the islands.
Before the evening show we took a bus ride to see BYU Provo and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Hawaiian Temple. We were able to get out of the bus and walk around the grounds of the temple as well as go into the visitor center. The feeling in this sacred place was peaceful and serene. It was a good place to be and reflect on what is important, as the sun was setting.
We returned to the Polynesian center and made our way to watch the evening show. It was an interesting way to learn about the people of the Polynesian. There was dancing and a story and some amazing fire effects. It was a great show. I recommend going early to the Polynesian Cultural Center and taking time to see everything. Even with as much as we saw, there was still more we could have seen. It was a great experience.