If you are looking for a truly authentic luau, then the Polynesian Cultural Center is the way to go. There are six different islands that are represented here; Hawaii, Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, Aotearoa, and Samoa. They offer many different packages, but we opted for the one with a tour guide and I am so happy we did. The park can be very overwhelming due to its sheer size. It was nice to have someone leading us around so that we could truly enjoy all that the park had to offer. Our tour guide’s name was Nephi and she was so sweet and energetic you could tell she really loved working there.
We walked around the park and stopped at each village, where we learned about the natives and their customs. What I loved was that the people working at the center were actually natives from the different islands. They volunteered here in exchange for a college education. It was great to know that this center was giving back to young adults. My favorite island we visited was the island of Samoa. The speaker really knew how to engage an audience and he was hilarious! They also had people climbing up coconut tress with their bare hands and feet. It was one of the coolest and most dangerous acts I have ever seen. My heart was racing just watching them. In the middle of the day they had a canoe pageant. Each island was represented. They would row out on a canoe, dressed in traditional clothing and they performed traditional dances.
After that we headed off to dinner. There are three different dinner options to choose from. We chose the Ali’i Luau Buffet. Upon arriving to the dinner site you are greeted with a beautiful flower lei and you enjoy a live show while you eat. Unfortunately, the food at the buffet was not good. There weren’t many options to choose from. There was also a prime rib dining option inside a beautifully decorated indoor hall that you could have chosen from with many more food options. If you are planning on going I would recommend the prime rib option or eating at one of the many food trucks or restaurants on site.
After dinner we went to the evening show which was called Ha Breath of Life. Unfortunately, there is no photography or recording allowed during this show. We sat in the second row in the ambassador level seating. I highly recommend this seating as the cast come up to you after the show and greet you and you have a spectacular view during the whole show. The show was like nothing I have ever seen before. It is a beautiful story about birth and death, love and family, triumph and tragedy. The fire dancers were my favorite part. They made the act look so easy when it was truly very dangerous. After the show ended we went around and bought some souvenirs. I was able to try on a hand-made flower crown it was so beautiful and smelled great too. It was an experience I will never forget. If you are in Oahu this is a must do.
The first outfit pictured is actually a bodysuit. It is no longer available so I will have a link below for a similar one. I love how easy it is to style bodysuits. This particular one has a beautiful lace pattern. I paired mine with some high-waisted white shorts. The second outfit I wore is a romper that I have had sitting in my closet for a long time and I finally decided to wear it. The fresh lei that they gave us at dinner matched the romper perfectly. It was such a great coincidence. Mine is from Forever 21 and I will have a similar one linked below. My sandals are Steve Madden.I wore them all day and they were very comfortable. They are a must have for summer because you can practically pair them with anything.I hope you have enjoyed this post and as always thank you for reading.