November 3, 2017
Oceans are supposed to be sixty degrees, and make your toes go numb after three minutes. At least that’s what I’m used to in Oregon. But turns out that the oceans in Hawaii are downright comfortable to swim in, even first thing in the morning. And what a great way to start the day! Since Aulani is on a small cove the waves don’t get unmanageable (of course the tide was on the way out this morning, so they might get bigger at other times).
I swam out to just shy of the buoys that mark the end of the safe swim zone and floated around for a while, just chillin’. On my slow swim back to the shore I found a crab sand toy just floating out to sea; I totally rescued him! And then immediately abandoned him on the beach, in the hopes that he would be rescued again by child who will take the time to play with him and thus fulfill his purpose in life.
Today was supposed to be another day of down time, but since I didn’t make it to the Polynesian Cultural Center yesterday, after my swim today I loaded up in a rental car and headed to the opposite side of the island for a little culture. This time I got the coolest GPS, as I drove by landmarks on the island it tells you information, including history and stories, and even a little bit of music. It made the drive way more fun!
The Polynesian Cultural Center is located in town of Laie and features six recreated “villages”: Samoa, Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, and New Zealand. Each village puts on demonstration to showcase their island’s history and culture. They also have demonstrations of cooking and crafts for kids. The Tonga show should not be missed!
Twice a day they have a canoe pageant, which is like a parade of dancers from each village floating on large canoes down the center lagoon. It is really quite fun and a great way to see how similar and different the cultures actually are.
Being someone that has spent a fair amount of time hanging out reenactment towns and settlements (Colonial Williamsburg, for example), I expected to be able to wander in and out of villages as desired. That is not the case here, the shows for the villages are on a schedule so you can only choose between a couple each half hour block. When you come, plan on spending the whole day here. They also offer a luau in the evenings. Also, they don’t open until noon so there’s plenty of time in the morning to sleep in, or go for a swim, whatever suits your fancy.
I had an evening swim in the hotel’s pool, this time I tried the adult only pool. It is not busy at all! I’ve never seen more than a couple people in the area, so it is a great place to escape the crowds. It does only go to four feet deep, so don’t expect to go diving in. I had planned on one last float around the lazy river, but it closed just as I was about the get in. Oh well! Sometimes that’s just how it goes.
I got myself a margarita flatbread for dinner; I really wanted a pizza, but this was half the price and made with all the same fixings. I also got a piece of butter mochi cake for dessert. I know mochi isn’t everyone cup of tea, but I like it!
Tomorrow morning I head back home, to a high temperature of forty-nine degrees… oh Oregon!