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January 13, 2007
From journal Moorea - More than the Beach
New York, New York
December 28, 2004
We arrived and were immediately given local punch and seated in an open-air theater where ukulele players were performing. After about a half an hour, you are taken to the sand pit, where your food is dug up from the ground (surrounded by banana leaves) and you are educated on ancient Polynesian culture and cooking. We were then escorted in groups through the Tiki Village and had the opportunity to see the different "areas" of how they lived, what they created, and how they tattooed each other (tattoos there are taken very seriously, and all of them have specific meanings to their village or family).
Among the areas were basket-weavers and stone- and wood-carvers. That was followed by a delicious and very authentic Polynesian buffet (which was included in the price).
During dinner, Tahitian women were onstage, showing you different ways to tie pareos (wraps). That was all followed by the big show, which was an hour of music, dancing, flame throwing, singing, and a Tahitian wedding.
It was very different then any of the luaus we attended while in Hawaii, with a lot more excitement and more authentic (it didn't feel like a typical cheesy tourist thing). These are considered the best performers in all of Tahiti, and they take their performances very seriously as well.
From journal Moorea and its lush surroundings