|This is an open-air shopping mall just a couple of blocks from the boat dock. The stores opened at 8:20 AM (not 8:00 AM or 8:30 AM), which Deb and I thought was weird.||Waikiki
It sure looked a lot bigger in the movies.
|For some reason, I expected this beach to lined with bathing suits.||It is not the pipeline, but it IS surfing.|
|Ever see anyone PADDLE a surfboard?||This has to be the good life, no?|
|Deb said she had better not catch pictures of cute girls in bathing suits on my camera. But I took this one anyhow.||How about a wading pool with a view? The tide was out and left a lagoon pool about two feet deep.|
|The entrance to the Polynesian Cultural Center. This is a DO NOT MISS if you go to Honolulu.||You would not guess from this view, but there was more than 1000 people inside.|
|The center was actually several islands connected by bridges over canals. Each island represented a particular Polynesian culture. We are in a boat and passed under several bridges like this one. Even I had to duck down.||These boats are made from a single tree trunk that is hollowed out. Boats like this were built 1000 years ago.|
|Each culture had a raft with singing and dancing with native style drums or sticks. This one was for AOTEAROA.||Samoa|
|OOPS! This was not part of the program.||Fiji|
These guys were rockin' the boat!
|This is the Tahiti boat. The hip action was so lively here, I had to switch over to video to capture it. [AVI]||Yes, this guy was actually playing the bamboo flute with his nose.|
|We were told these Easter Island statue "hats" were actually hair styles.||Grass huts? Grass skirts? Life does not get much better than this.|
|There were lots of good shows at the center. This was one of many where audience participation was encouraged.||He climbed that 60-foot tree barefoot in about 6 seconds at the most. He used no safety rope either.|
|Dinner and a show. This was the luau and looked like a buffet to me, but the food was very good.||Here is a view of about half of the visitors...|
|...and the other half.||The island King and his attendants.|
|This was the end of about 2 hours of non-stop entertainment. I captured a lot of it in movie mode, but bought the CD just in case. This link to an AVI file is a small sample of the evening program.|