We spent all day on the north shore. We went to lunch at Teddy's in Haleiwa, and the kids were asked to help clean out a fish pond that tourists had thrown money into. They each made out with a few dollars in change. They were SO happy.
We got to the Polynesian Cultural Center just after they opened and went on a tour of all the different areas and cultures that they have represented there. It was AWESOME. We had such a great time. The people who work here are from the different countries that they teach us about. Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, and Tahiti were some. These are all countries on our list of places we will live and or visit at some point, so it was particularly interesting for us. Plus living here in Hawaii, we know tons of Polynesian people and love their cultures.
We watched dances, listened to music, learned stories and histories, got (removable) traditional tattoos, watched them make artwork, took a canoe ride, watched a wedding... It was so great.
We stayed all day, and into the night. We had dinner and the kids loved the fancy pineapple drinks Grandma bought them. We watched fire dancers while we ate, and then we went to another arena where we watched the "Ha: Breath of Life" show. It was the BEST. We cried through parts and loved how they were able to tie all the cultures together, explaining their thoughts on life, the journey, death, and rebirth. It was lovely. We had such a great time!
Here are some video clips of our day.