We got to the Polynesian Culture Center (PCC) a little after one pm. Here we are at one of the waterfalls.
A banana plant beside the Samoan village. I forgot to tell you that when we landed the stewardess told us about getting on to the "Wiki Wiki bus to go to the baggage area". Devree said "Did you hear that lady? She made a mistake and said Wiki Wiki"? I explained that Wiki Wiki means quick quick.
Dane loved the hibiscus flower. Because of all of the beautiful fragrant flowers at the temple Dane declared "This place smells like shampoo! Good Shampoo!" When we went to the movie theater Dane asked loudly "Why does this place smell like wet swimming suits?" A lady laughed at Dane. I tried to explain that when it is wet and moist everywhere, it has a certain smell.
We are watching the presentation at the Samoan Village. You can tell how entertaining Kap is. The jokes have been the same for 23 years and are still funny. They have made some new ones about being a fan of the coconut on Facebook and being part of the "Nut club".
This is Kap. Todd and I knew him going to BYUH and his charcoal portrait is hanging up in our den at home. He is the main fire dancer in the night show "Ha Breath of life". He remembered us and he even took water color classes from Uncle Wylie Swapp way back when. Kap is an artist in several mediums and sells his art work at PCC.
Kap called Noble up to drink some coconut water. Kap told Noble that he would be ripped like him (Kap) by tomorrow morning. But a few inches shorter. Ha! Ha! Noble said he wouldn't mind having muscles like him and would give up his few inches taller.
Posing with Kap. I told Kap. "Wow you are FAMOUS!" Kap's picture is on all of the advertising of PCC because he is the fire dancer.
The New Zealand part of PCC.
Learning the stick game where you beat and a rythum and throw the sticks across to your partner. Noble and Shay got quite good at it.
The kids all got painted on tatoos.
Another skill, sport where it is sort of like a relay.
We went back to the Samoan village and helped uncover the ground oven and helped sample all of the food they cooked. We tasted shark cooked in coconut milk, taro, green banana and bread fruit baked in little green bundles tied up with leaves.
In the Tahitian villge they called Shay up to demonstrate the male way to dance. He loved the attention and danced the "funky chicken" well.
This is the prize he got for dancing.
In the Fiji villiage we learned how to beat out songs with bamboo poles. The cow song was still sung in the car the next day. Moo Mai Mooooooooooo Maiaiaiaiaiaiaaaaa!
Shay was the only brave one to get on the bamboo raft with plyboard from our family and he got a turn pushing the 3 passengers around the lagoon for a bit.
Here we are at the luau where they uncovered the pig cooked in the ground and we received more orchid leis. The senior missionary that helped us at the luau had a son that went to the Philippines on his mission too.
Devree got a VIP tour backstage at PCC. This is called line up and the performers are getting told about changes etc.
This is Ricky. Through our friends the Mahoni's, they arranged for a private tour with the star of the show Ricky. He plays Manu.
The girl dancers came out on stage and were polite enough to pose for a picture with Devree and I.
The boy dancers posed with us back stage.
I can honestly say that PCC's "Ha Breath of Life" is the best show they have ever presented. It is so beautiful with the story that I was crying at the end. I LOVED IT! After the wonderful show Ricky posed with the whole family. Ricky was the perfect guide. So kind and attentive to Devree and really showed us all of the ins and outs of the performance. We couldn't thank him enough. Ricky is graduating in Information Systems and has already started Web designs for people. He will be graduating soon from Brigham Young University Hawaii and he has been married for 1 year. He is originally from Samoa but moved to Hawaii when he was a teenager.
This is the Mahoni family. How kind of their family to meet us after the show and let us meet almost all of their children. They even gave us wonderful gifts! They arranged the back stage tour and guide and gave us a really special gift. William makes replicas of ancient Hawaiian weapons. They are a type of knife made of koa wood with tiger shark teeth on each side like a blade. It is very beautiful and quite the dangerous weapon. What a treasure that was presented to our boys. I was so hoping to see the Mahonis when we came and now my wish came true and they were so hospitable and kind to us. Thanks again William and Tania.
We were on our way home in a pouring rain storm. The trip was almost 1 hour to get back to our hotel in Waikiki. About 15 mins. before our arrival back at the hotel Dane got sick and vomitted just about everywhere in the van. Do you know how hard it is to drive with your windows down in a rain storm with the rain going side ways? We usually have to park on the very top of the parking garage, out in the weather because we get back so late. We were blessed and found a parking space out of the rain. We had to strip Dane down and wrap a towel around him. Send him up to the room to get cleaned up. Noble, Todd and I took the rest of the towels to try to get most of it cleaned up. There was puke on all of the clothes. I took up a load of clothes and towels and tried to wash everything out in the bath tub with a bar of soap. The hotel does have a clothes line in the bath tub so I was able to get some dry, partly. The next day I was taking the clothes so we could find a proper laundromat at Waimanalo and wash them after church. Only one guy in the elevator gave me a funny look. He probably smelled the aroma. I didn't even know if we could make it to church. Everyone woke up feeling better and we got there really late.
We called Rosalie and arranged to go to her ward in Waimanalo. Her husband Mel waited for us to arrive. We came very late. Rosalie had made leis and he gave us the traditional Hawaiian greeting and we came into the back of the church. The meeting was wonderful and the High Councilman spoke of his son going to the Philippines and also their ward has a missionary in the Philippines too! Rosalie had the ward sing" Aloha Oe" after the closing prayer and we had to stand in the front. We really felt the Aloha Spirit there and they gave us more gifts of Scripture bags the women had sewed. That will help us remember the wonderful spirit we felt there. I am happy for Rosalie, but I miss her in our Dayton ward.
Make a Wish had arranged for us to go to Sea Life Park for Devree's Dolphin encounter on Sunday. Since it was only 10 minutes from the church we were able to go and change clothes at Rosalie and a new friend's place. They live in a senior complex with apartments. Rosalie and Mel live in a cute little place and were so kind to wash and dry our load of clothes! That is true kindness! They met up with us later at the park. Devree is getting acquainted with a huge sea turtle that had 3 blue "c"'s on him. We called him "Charlie".
I paid and let Noble, Shay and Dane feed the California Sea Lions. They actually got to feed the sea lions all of their fish for the day. A huge bucket full! Each sea lion has a station and certain amounts and the trainers show you which sea lion you feed. Then they say "STATIONS!" and the sea lions go to their particular place and get fed. The boys loved it.Devree at her dolphin encounter. She is a little scared.
She kissed the dolphin and the dolphin kissed her. We have the really expensive photos to show you sometime. Ha Ha!
Go Devree Go! How does that dolphin tummy feel? Devree had the most cheering of anyone there because we cheered LOUD!
I couldn't get Rosalie and Mel to turn but they are down at the end. We were all watching Devree with the dolphin. I told the trainer "Thanks for helping my girl fulfill one of her dreams! The trainer was really nice and we talked.
We went and watched the final show with the dolphins, sea lion and penguin. Thanks so much Mel and Rosalie. You made our Sunday extra special. It was great meeting you Mel. Rosalie I am glad you have a wonderful husband and I am so glad we got to see you. Thanks again for doing our laundry. Love you guys!