This woman is from Aotearoa or New Zealand. We've been practicing making that face. What do you think:
Emily loved the tree climbing in Samoa
John had fun twirling the Poi Balls
The Ali'i Luau was a traditional feast!
The night show was fantastic!
I think Nathan liked the Tahitians. I'm not sure, but there were more photos of these ladies than any other group! Here's another view - a little closer up:
My favorites were the drums, the Maori stick game, and the fire knife guy.
How did those guys sit on the fire without catching their grass skirts on fire?
All in all a great day. Highly recommended!
Some thoughts, just in case you decide to go:
You need to make reservations a couple days in advance- it might be sold out if you just decide to show up.
Stay for the night show. Wow!
It's expensive, and I'm cheap. It's taken us 8 months to finally go. Luckily our totally awesome cousins paid for us. I wish we had gone sooner! Very educational. And clean. And friendly. And fun!
Take your own water bottles. It's hot.
There is no alcohol. Sorry.
Our favorite shows to watch in the day:
Samoa: tree climbing, fire starting, etc
Tonga: drums - hilarious! Stick around to throw a spear and see how they make Tapa cloth.
Tahiti: learn how to move your hips. Or at least try.
Aotearoa: I don't think there's actually a show but this is our favorite spot to try activities like - poi balls, tattoos, and the stick game
You can go back for 3 more day's after your first day. One day was enough for us, but we have a season pass and plan to go back in a few weeks.
Find some shade for the boat parade.
That Samoan fire knife guy is kind of interesting. And odd. But he has strong muscles, and he's cousins with a guy in our ward.
Fun for young kids. Middle Schoolers. High Schoolers. And adults. Seriously. We had a group with all ages, and even the most "cool" had a great time.
The park doesn't open until noon. We think eating at the McDonalds in Laie is a fun part of the day. It has a waterfall and serves haupia pie (coconut) in a Tiki Hut styled building. If you hate McDonalds, you could eat breakfast at the Hukilau Cafe (of 50 First Dates fame.)
Laie is a teeny tiny town in the North West corner of Oahu. Within a few blocks you can find the PCC, BYU Hawaii, and the Temple.
Call me, we'll meet you at the Luau!