Have a fun and fact-filled time at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu, Hawaii
With Hawai’i being one of the states of the United States of America, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the islands are the northernmost part of the group of over 1,000 islands scattered across the central and southern Pacific Ocean known as Polynesia, a subregion of Oceania.
Learn loads, do loads, and eat loads on the Islands of Polynesia Tour at Polynesian Cultural Center
So, here’s a good question to ask when out having a drink with friends – can you name ten countries, islands or groups of islands which help to make up Polynesia? The following ten are not all of the islands but the most well-known:
- American Samoa
- Easter Island
- Cook Islands
- French Polynesia
- New Zealand, by far the biggest islands, yet curiously, along with Hawaii, ones that are most frequently left off the list.
Polynesia is a triangular group of islands located to the East of Australia with New Zealand in the south, Hawai’i in the north and Easter Island in the east and no, its eastern location has nothing to do with the name of the island. The name Easter Island originated with the European explorer Jacob Hogeveen, who first saw the island on Easter Sunday, 1722.
What’s involved with the Islands of Polynesia Tour?
Fortunately, you won’t need your passport for this tour of the Polynesian islands at Polynesian Cultural Center. Instead, you get to experience six cultural presentations and also immerse yourself in the culture of each of these six locations, all set within 42 acres of beautiful tropical splendor. Discover why Fijian warriors are so mighty or watch as a Samoan warrior scale a 40-foot palm tree in his bare feet.
‘In Tahiti’ you can swing your hips or catch a fish, while ‘in Tonga’ you can paddle a canoe, toss a spear, and enjoy some guest drumming. For the Island of Aotearoa experience, you will learn all about the significance of Māori tattoos and get to watch the Māori’s warrior war dance, ‘the Haka’ up close and personal!
Then of course, there’s the Hawai’ian cultural experience, as if you hadn’t experienced enough of it during your stay on the islands. Mind you, we bet you won’t have played any ancient games, danced (Hawai’ian style) or sampled poi (a staple food of the island made from boiled taro roots).
Do you want to sample Polynesian culture, or fully immerse yourself in it?
Fancy canoeing across the lagoon or discover more about the history of Polynesia? Then, of course there’s the food, and entertainment in the form of an authentic Polynesian luau.
Just how much you want to experience is up to you, with a choice of the Exclusive Gateway Buffet Package which lasts from 12.45 p.m. to 9.00 p.m., or the shorter Islands of Polynesia Tour which runs from 12.45 p.m. through to 5.00 p.m. It’s a tricky choice as the food is something not to be missed, it is so good!
Here at Lea Lea Tours we are always keen to ‘cherry pick’ the very best of tours available and to provide access to the best transport options on the beautiful Hawai’ian Islands. To find out more about the ny of the Waikiki Trolley Lines, the Diamond Head tour, to book your passes or to learn more about any of our other recommended tours, please feel free to get in touch with us at any time.