But dance wasn't the only skill on display. In the Samoan village, we watched a young man shinny up a coconut tree as easily as if it had a ladder attached. I have no idea how he did it.
And barefoot, no less!
We were treated to fire making demonstrations, basket weaving with banana leaves and island games.
The dancers on the Fiji boat were so energetic, the craft started rocking out of control. The kid manning the rudder lost his balance and fell into the lagoon!
But the best part of the day was when my DH was called up to drum for the presentation in the Tonga village. Of course, he was fitted for a grass skirt, but I discovered that he had the camera in his pocket so I couldn't get a picture, doggone it! Anyway, I snapped a pic of him and the fellow running the show afterward. As you can see, he's got the banana leaf crown to prove it happened.
Being a good sport, my DH leapt to center stage, waved his arms wildly and shouted "What He Said!"
The crowd ate it up with a spoon.
Then it was time for a drum duel. I think my DH surprised the warrior because he kept up with him pretty well. Guess it pays to be a percussionist in college! But finally the rhythms got too wild for him to follow, so my DH slowed down to a steady boom-boom-cha, boom-boom cha, leaned into the microphone and sang, "We will, we will ROCK YOU!"
He totally stole the show! And he already has my heart, so it was great day to be him. In case you can't tell, we are having a blast!
More to come, m'dears...
A few more pics from the Polynesian Cultural Center