Thursday, August 09, 2012

Monday in Hawaii....

So Monday we had decided we would head to Laie, have breakfast at the Hukilau Cafe as recommended by Seiuli's cousin, Julie. The pancakes there were ginormous and tasted super yum!

Then we went to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center. What's the PCC? Well this is from their website:

What is the purpose of the Polynesian Cultural Center?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened the Polynesian Cultural Center, considered one of the world's most successful cultural theme attractions, on October 12, 1963, to help preserve and perpetuate the more ideal aspects of Polynesian culture, and to provide work opportunities for students at the adjoining Brigham Young University Hawai'i.

Since opening, over 33 million visitors have been introduced to the Polynesian people, their arts and customs, and nearly 15,000 BYU-Hawai'i students have helped finance their educational objectives while working as the friendly guides, performers and other PCC employees serving people from all over the world.

Seiuli's cousin had family passes so we were able to get in free. Woot woot!  We visited Tonga, Samoan, Hawaii, Aotearoa and other informational areas. It was really a beautiful place and a great learning experience.

I have so many pictures, but I'm not going to share them all here. It was just a lot of fun! That night Sei's family came to meet us for dinner. Almost all of the (Arthur) Hannemann gang was there. It was so nice to spend time with them. I love that family!!!

After dinner, Sei and I continued on the the night show at the PCC. It was AMAZING. The dancing, the story telling... It was beautiful. We couldn't film or take pics during it, but... wow. Just wow.

Also during our PCC time we took a bus to visit BYU- Hawaii and the LDS temple. We visited BYU-Hawaii again another day while killing time before dinner as well.

LDS temple grounds

That night we spent the night at Uncle Arthur and Aunty Peggy's home at Turtle Bay. Seiuli had big plans to surf with his cousins early in the morning and I had big plans to... sleep. lol I'll tell more about that the next post. I love writing about Hawaii, but it's seriously depressing me. I miss it on a daily basis. I feel so out of place and landlocked and unsettled... Idk. I'm weird. I will tell all about surfing on Tuesday in my next post!!

More to come!