26 Jun

Colors of Polynesia

Where I used to post about German fests and castles, now it’s all tropical dances and food! Here are some images from our day at the Polynesian Cultural Center here on Oahu. Hopefully made more relevant to my creative journey blog in their arrangement by color. Everything should be clickable for a little bit bigger view. There’s also more on Flickr.

Clockwise from upper left: Hawaiian hula in plantation era costumes, traditional hula skirt or “pa’u,” Tahitian dancers, Hawaiian dancers.

Clockwise from upper left: Tahitian dancers, Fijian or Samoan dancers (I can’t remember), Tongan drummer, skirt made from the inner bark of the wild hibiscus tree.

Clockwise from upper left: Hawaiian hula kahiko dancers with feather rattles, Tahitian dancers with I’i hand implements, Samoan fire knife dancer, Hawaiian kahili, or royal standards.

Clockwise from upper left: Taro, Maori woman from Aotearoa (New Zealand) performing the haka as a welcome, Maori man performing another part of the ceremonial greeting, Maori group singing.

Clockwise from upper left: Fijian house for sacrifices, Hawaiian checkers (konane), Fijian tattoo for a king, Fijian outrigger canoe.

6 thoughts on “Colors of Polynesia

  1. I am jealous of all the cultural exposure you have! Thank you for sharing it long distance – I love visiting these places vicariously through you!

  2. You know, I’d love to be your kid. They can immerse themselves into such different cultures and learn to appreciate them! From castles to hula hoop 😉

  3. Hi Kristin,
    I just returned from a two week vacation in HI – one week on Big Island and one week on Kauai and it was just terrific. I found a quilt shop on each island. Been blogging some about it, too. Hawaii is indeed very fascinating.
    Best Regards,

  4. Ah, tahnk you so much for the update on this Center. I was there 20 years ago (pregnant with Sophie, 25 th gestationweek) and since I felt sooooo sick, we couldn´t do much. So your pictures finally cure my soul after all those years. 😉
    And look at these colours! Did you get to see the guy who nearly runs up the coconut tree to pick the coconut and finall open it without any efforts? I still always smash ours onto the floor to break it.
    Wasn´t there something with opening the coconuts eyes, let out the milk and then simply tap the nut around the middle and just open it?

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