Polynesian Cultural Center on One World Cinema

December 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

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“The Polynesian Cultural Center is a living, breathing exploration of the traditions and lifestyles of seven Polynesian cultures:  Islands of Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa-Maori/New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, and Marquesas. Mingle with natives as they demonstrate exotic hip-swaying dances like hula-dance moves from nature, spear throwing, rubbing sticks to create fire, climbing coconut trees barefooted, tribal tattooing, cooking in a fire pit, and more. Experience Hawaii’s only canoe pageant, then enjoy a relaxing canoe ride. Feast at the Ali’i Luau and be mesmerized by the spectacular evening show, ‘HA: Breath of Life.’

‘HA’ is the symbolic odyssey of an island warrior named Mana. His parents were washed ashore on an unknown island after escaping volcanic destruction. He was born into a new culture-taught and tested, including trial by fire to win the maiden he loved. He battled marauding invaders to protect his home and family. ‘HA’ is a saga of passion, ignited by fire, song, and dance. Told through traditional song and dance, fire-filled performances, dramatic special effects and the power of surround sound, the echoes of Polynesia will ring in your ears as Pacific Island traditions stir your soul.”

Honolulu is pronounced HONO-LULU,  not HANA-LULU.  Ukulele is pronounced UKU-LELE, not UKA-LELE.

“The Steel guitar is a type of guitar or the method of playing the instrument. It was developed in Hawaii in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a steel guitar is usually positioned horizontally; strings are plucked with one hand, while the other hand changes the pitch of one or more strings with the use of a bar or slide called a steel (generally made of metal, but also of glass or other materials). The term steel guitar is often mistakenly used to describe any metal body resophonic guitar.”

“The Ukulele is a member of the guitar family of instruments. The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the machete, a small guitar-like instrument related to the cavaquinho, braguinha and the rajao, taken to Hawaii by Portugese immigrants. It gained great popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century, and from there spread internationally.”

Music selection and photos by Sharon Abella.

Write up complements of “The Polynesian Cultural Center” and “Wikipedia”

Transportation: I took the Local Bus #55 which goes around the entire island for $2.50 and offers a 2 hour transfer, and the PCC offers a shuttlebus from Waikiki for approximately $20.00 each way.

Groceries: I went to Foodland and only spent $125.00 for the entire week.

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