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EXPERIENCE ISLAND VILLAGE LIFE.

Visit authentic villages and mingle with natives from six Pacific cultures as they demonstrate their arts.

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GO NATIVE.

Join in on a variety of Polynesian activities and games that will test your skill and courage.

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Experience an immersive cinematic journey through majestic mountains, roaring waterfalls, lush forests and imposing volcanoes.

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Enjoy an in-depth, entertaining look at unique aspects of various Polynesian cultures.

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Samoa Tree

MAORI POI

Test your strength, flexibility, and coordination. It looks very easy but is far from it.   The intricate movement allowed Women to keep their hands flexible for weaving and helped the men with their strength and coordination. 

Spear Throw

TAHITIAN SPEAR THROW

If you like to throw things, we have a long, sharp stick ready for you – also known as a spear. Our Tahitian villagers will teach you how to hit a coconut perched atop a tall pole 20 feet away. Good luck. Technique trumps might.

Fire

FIRE MAKING

Our Samoan villagers make starting a fire look easy and effortless. Don’t be fooled. It takes a lot of muscle, practice and skill. In the family hut in Samoa, you can try your hand at starting your own fire by rubbing two sticks together. Here’s a hint, you must use two pieces of wood from the same tree.

Authentic Food

AUTHENTIC FOOD & SNACK BAR

The BANYAN TREE SNACK BAR, near the front entrance, is open at 11:00 a.m. and serves a variety of sumptuous specialty plates and sandwiches, as well as cold drinks and snacks – all of which will tide you over before dining at the Ali’i Lu’au. Additional SNACK STANDS are located at several villages (ie. Aotearoa and Marquesas) inside the Center.

Canoe Race

CANOE RACE

Challenge your family members or fellow guests to a canoe race – in native-style canoes like the islanders used centuries ago. Go ahead – make a splash and talk trash.

Samoa Cooking

SAMOAN COOKING

Learn to cook the Samoan way, using sticks, stones, leaves, husks, coconut milk, taro, fish, plenty of patience, and – don’t tell mom – your fingers. Come early in the afternoon and help prepare the unusual entrees. Then return several hours later to sample the delectable results of your effort.

Canoe Tours

CANOE TOURS

Give your feet and legs a well-deserved break. Hop on a canoe and allow a paddling guide to lead you through our lagoon. You’ll pass native villages, the famous “Elvis Presley” coconut tree and several other highlights as you leisurely ride from one end of the Center to the other.

Souvenirs!

SOUVENIR SHOPS

The POLYNESIAN MARKETPLACE is styled in the tradition of village markets common throughout the Pacific islands. Find handcrafted items throughout the island villages and in the KAHA’IKI GALLERY, where you can shop with no entry fee. Stop in and shop as long as your wallet allows.

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  • CANOE PAGEANT

    A rousing display of Polynesian spirit is celebrated daily at 2:30 p.m. in “Rainbows of Paradise,” Hawai'i’s only water-borne show. Once each afternoon, native Polynesians in colorful, traditional costumes treat you to the energetic dance and music of their cultures atop double-hulled canoes in the Center’s lagoon!

  • TASTE OF POLYNESIA

    Enjoy some of the signature food items from many of our Island cultures.

  • WOOD & TIKI CARVING

    In the island village of Aotearoa (New Zealand), you will discover a hut displaying some of the best carvings found throughout Polynesia. Here you can observe the ancient techniques of Polynesian carving. Watch our skilled artisans carve keepsake pieces from various types of indigenous wood.

  • HAWAIIAN MISSION SETTLEMENT

    Christian missionaries were some of the earliest non-native settlers in the islands, and their influence on the local people was dramatic. Explore replicas of an early-1800s chapel, school house and the Hawaiian Mission Settlement where authentic Hawaiian quilting is still done.

  • COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS

    Eating is a favorite pastime of the Polynesian peoples. But to eat, you must cook. Several of the Center’s villages allow you to glimpse, or participate in, the food preparation process. Tasty coconut bread is baked the island way in the village of Tahiti. A full meal is demonstrated in the village of Samoa.

  • IOSEPA “VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY”

    “VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY”: The drama of ancient migration over the high seas is presented twice a day, at 1 p.m. and at 4 p.m. Hawaiian villagers explain how their ancestors braved deep-ocean voyages in giant, double-hulled canoes patterned after the 60-foot Iosepa which sits before your eyes.

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