Sam’s Hawaiian Odyssey: Where History & Nature Meet


Since its establishment in 1963, the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) has risen to become Hawaii’s top attractions. I’m told that more than 33 million visitors have been introduced to PCC’s mission to preserve and carry on the ideals of the Polynesian people’s arts and customs. Diversity is key at PCC, where many South Pacific nations are recreated in small villages, exhibits, and authentic activities ranging from typical island crafts to critical food preparation skills and battle techniques.

Tahiti is terrific and Fiji is fantastic, but I was there to soak up all that I could about Hawaii. It is important to me that the Flower Show captures the culture and history of these amazing islands. As such, the Show is going to have a Hawaiian Village where visitors can purchase authentic, hand-made Hawaiian wares. In many cases you’ll also be able to see these artists and artisans at work.

Before I get sidetracked, I do have to take a moment to gush about the tremendous plant life on display at the PCC. I most vividly remember a large lagoon complete with waterfalls and well-maintained, lush tropical flowers. In short, the PCC enables visitors to participate in centuries of Polynesian culture and celebrate the beauty and excitement of Hawaii’s natural surroundings. If and when you visit Hawaii, pay a visit to the amazing place!

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One Response to “Sam’s Hawaiian Odyssey: Where History & Nature Meet”

  1. John Cho Says:

    Sam, Hawaii’s most revered plant is taro (Colocasia esculenta) probably most scenic when viewed at Hanalei, Kauai. I have created ornamental taro plants and that would make a nice display in the Hawaii centerpiece. See our website http://www.royalhawaiiancolocasia​.com
    See my publication that talks about taro in the history of the Hawaiian Islands http://www.ctahr.hawaii.ed​u/oc/freepubs/pdf/SA-1.pdf

    According to an ancient Hawaiian
    legend about creation, sexual union between the godbeings
    Wäkea (male) and Papa (female) first formed
    the islands. Their union produced a child named Häloanaka,
    who did not survive and was buried. From the
    child’s body grew the first taro plant. The next child,
    named Häloa, became the first human to live in the
    islands, and from him the Hawaiian people descended.
    Thus, some believe that the taro plant, arising from the
    prior-born child, is superior to and more sacred than
    man. The younger Häloa would respect and care for the
    elder brother and in return would receive sustenance and

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