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New Canoe Celebration Show Makes Splashy Debut at the Polynesian Cultural Center


New Canoe Celebration Show Makes Splashy Debut at the Polynesian Cultural Center

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LAIE, Hawaii, Aug. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Polynesian Cultural Center is inviting guests to experience the allure and adventure of ocean life through its newest water show, Huki, which made its debut August 18.

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The canoe celebration, staged at the state's only water performance venue, explores Polynesian myths and customs, inspiring ancient history, and beloved island songs.

Huki replaces the previous afternoon canoe pageant, Rainbows of Paradise, that had entertained residents and visitors for the past 16 years.

"We are excited to share with our guests, a brand-new canoe celebration at the Polynesian Cultural Center," said Alfred Grace, CEO and president of the Polynesian Cultural Center. "Our team has been working tirelessly to ensure that Huki's story authentically captures the unique history and folklore of Polynesia and that our facilities are renovated and reinvigorated to ensure that the experience is elevated for all of our guests."

The innovative lagoon experience features a diverse array of canoes, including a long waka (Maori canoe) and outrigger canoes, complemented by special double-hulled vessels carrying drummers, dancers, singers and storytellers.

The family-friendly production showcases new composed music and performances choreographed by the Polynesian Cultural Center's musicians and cultural performance specialists, who also crafted the award-winning Ha: Breath of Life evening show.

Revamped seating and surround-sound systems encourage guests to join in, sing and dance to the performance.

Huki emphasizes the unity of Polynesia through the vast Pacific Ocean, which is depicted through the show's authentic drumming and chants, beloved island folk songs and traditional costumes ranging from historical to fantastical.

In Hawaiian, "huki" means "to pull." The new canoe celebration begins with the legend of Maui pulling up the islands of Polynesia from the ocean through portrayals of open-sea voyages, wayfinding and exploration.

Huki also shares the history of Laie's famous hukilau, a popular impromptu luau experience for visitors in the 1940s and 1950s. Travelers came to Laie, watched the netting of fish, then enjoyed a feast and music with community members on the beach. This renowned beachside experience contributed to the creation of the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Huki runs daily at the Polynesian Cultural Center at 2:30 p.m. in its freshwater lagoon. The show is free to watch with the purchase of general admission.

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Cast members of Huki, including Mother Earth, demigod Maui and representatives of the Polynesian Cultural Center's six island villages, pose for picture following the inaugural show.


In addition to showcasing various Polynesian cultures, Huki also shares the unique history of Laie and the beginning of the Polynesian Cultural Center.


Polynesian Cultural Center President & CEO Alfred Grace welcomes crowd for the world premiere of Huki, as he is pulled into the freshwater lagoon on a canoe via fishing net.


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