When guests begged to put foot to bark after watching locals demonstrate coconut tree climbing with bare hands and feet, the center's operators decided they should get a chance to do it. Besides tree-climbing Samoan style, seven other native activities are being introduced this year in the center's Hawaiian, Tahitian and Samoan village areas:
* Learn how to cook Polynesian cuisine or stage a backyard luau;
* Try cooking taro, palusami (young taro leaves in seasoned coconut cream) and other native dishes on an umu, a traditional Samoan above-ground oven in which food is cooked on stones placed on an open fire;
* Take a Hawaiian quilting lesson;
* Learn how to custom-dye a Tahitian pareu (sarong);
* Get hitched in a traditional wedding ceremony in the Tahitian Village (beginning in June);
* Paddle a four-person outrigger canoe with an experienced paddler and guide (starting in July); and...
* Try throwing a spear to snatch a coconut off the top of a 6-foot pole in the Tahitian Village (beginning in August).