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Hawaii: Polynesian center to introduce new luau

May 03, 2013|By Jay Jones
  • Senior Ambassador Kap Teo Tafiti greets guests at the Samoan village, site of a new luau beginning May 20 at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu.
Senior Ambassador Kap Teo Tafiti greets guests at the Samoan village, site… (Polynesian Cultural Center )

Beginning May 20, visitors to Oahu can enjoy the island’s newest luau and all the sights of the Polynesian Cultural Center for $74.95 (for adults) and $57.95 for kids 5-11.

That introductory price includes the center’s new Samoan-themed luau and admission to park attractions. Adult admission alone costs $49.95 or $39.95 for kids.

The center explores the cultures of seven Pacific island nations. The new luau,  in the Samoa village, will feature traditional Samoan foods such as palusami (taro leaf with coconut milk) and oka ia (steamed fish with coconut milk and vegetables).

During the luau guests can participate in activities such as basket weaving and coconut shell dancing. The coconut tree is an important icon in Samoan culture.

The luau will begin at 5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. The Polynesian Cultural Center, near the town of Laie, about an hour’s drive from Honolulu, is closed Sundays.

The introductory offer includes entry to all seven island villages; various “Go Native!” hands-on experiences; a screening of a new film, “Hawaiian Journey”; and reserved seating for the center’s live music-and-dance production, “Ha: Breath of Life.”

The center will continue to offer its alii luau at 5 daily.  It’s available as part of various packages.

Tickets are available online  or by calling (800) 367-7060.

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