Hello, friends! I’m back with yet another blog post about our Hawaiian babymoon, this time about our luau experience at the Polynesian Cultural Center. I promise one day I will finish writing about our babymoon. Hopefully, in time to share all about our adventures in Germany 😉
The biggest splurge when visiting Hawaii is, of course, attending a luau. There were so many options for luaus that it was a little overwhelming to pick just one! Since we had the convenience of a rental car, we opted to attend the luau at Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie on the North Shore. It was a little pricey, but we bought our tickets through the MWR office on Fort Shafter for a discount.
We opted for the Circle Island Ambassador Tour, which included a small group tour of the mock island villages. Honestly, since we prefer self-guided experiences, we should have selected the less-pricey the Circle Island Luau Package. We did a self-guided tour after my First Aid tent experience (described below) and enjoyed it more than sticking to the group schedule. We started our day at PCC with lunch at Pounders. Our hostess was so sweet and offered to keep our leftovers in the fridge all day for me to pick up as we were leaving in the evening! Despite the high tourist prices, we also did a bit of shopping– Andy bought a touristy hat while I bought a sarong that our sweet sales lady tied to keep the sun off my shoulders.
After meeting up with our group, we “visited” a few Pacific islands and attended the canoe performance called Huki. They do dances from various Pacific islands, and one of the poor dancers fell off his canoe, bless his heart!
By this point in the day, I was feeling spent and needed to get out of the sun. Unfortunately, PCC (supposedly) doesn’t have any air-conditioned buildings, so I was required to head over to the First Aid building. (That seems crazy to me, as I’m probably not the only tourist who got overheated!) Something about being inside the First Aid building creeped me out; I can’t explain why, but I just had this unsettling feeling that I needed to leave ASAP, so I quickly drank some Pedialyte and told everyone I felt better. As we were leaving, the EMT took my photo to attach to the record of my First Aid visit. They never explained why they needed a picture of me. The “incident” was just a pregnant lady needing some rest out of the heat (I didn’t even pass out or anything!) Call me crazy, but it makes me nervous not knowing where that photo ended up.
Nonetheless, the PCC luau was one of my favorite experiences ever. Since it was just Andy and myself, we were upgraded (for free!) to a floor level “Super Ambassador” seat. I loved being up-close to the performance! At one point, the emcee asked what people were celebrating while on their Hawaiian vacations. Of course, audience members shouted out things like birthdays, anniversaries, and honeymoons, but I yelled, “Babymoon!” I had to explain to the emcee what a babymoon was… guess that’s still not a common term, haha! At the end, they asked all of the audience members with July birthdays to get on stage to hula. Well, guess who has a July birthday: me! I happily danced my little heart out with Baby C, also dancing in my belly 🙂 (The hula starts at the 3:19 mark in my Hawaiian Babymoon Video.)
The finale of the evening was attending the musical “Ha: Breath of Life” which brought me to tears. It’s a show about the circle of life, and watching it with my own babe kicking in my belly was an experience like none other.
Our visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center was well worth the money– I can definitely see why it’s the top luau on Oahu!