What’s with Polynesian Men and Pineapple Juice?

We hit Wailana Coffee House for breakfast, thinking of all the rave reviews we’ve read. Online, other tourists say it’s the place to go if you’re in Waikiki.. we say otherwise. While it is a nice, quick dine and the food isn’t bad at all, it isn’t much to write home (or on a blog) about, and you can get a better bang for your buck elsewhere. I was disappointed to find that they did not serve fresh pineapple juice. Do I have to go all the way to the Dole Plantation on the north side of the island to access this delicacy?

Our day improved ten-fold when we happened upon the Waikiki Market Place and the 30th Annual Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge, a benefit for the Waikiki Community Center. Several Polynesian performance groups took to the lawn to share aspects of their culture and raise money for the Center. After throwing money at the adorable boys of the Lyman ‘Ohana, a dynamic family of Hawaiian, Filipino, Puerto Rican and Caucasian descent, we prepared to dance and learn from Paul and the Te Vai Ura Nui, a Tahitian dance group.You wouldn’t believe what their hips are capable of (Yes, Paul’s included). I’ll let the photos speak for themselves!

I’m so glad that we could be a part of this! Dance is one of my favorite methods of storytelling, and you can learn a lot about someone’s culture by the way their move their body!

Paul, I want to be like you when I grow up. End of story.


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