Walk in the foot-steps of Hawaii’s ancestors (kupuna) and enter the exotic world of the South Pacific. Vibrant in color and rich in culture, Tihati Productions’ “Te Moana Nui,” otherwise known as “Tales of the Pacific,” mesmerizes audience members into the realm of exciting tales of adventure through song and dance, elaborate costumes and enchanted storytelling.
A part from your typical luau, Te Moana Nui captivates the audience with its luxurious dining and three satellite stages providing guests optimal viewing from anywhere in the room. Due to the theatrical portrayal of these passionate journeys, this show is promising to become the premier night show of the Pacific. Opening Monday, February 24, the Pacific Beach Hotel will be offering dinner show and cocktail show packages. The show will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Prefacing the dinner and show, guests will be able to participate in engaging pre-show activities. Attendees will be able to experience first-hand, many Polynesian traditions such as flower crafting, ‘ohe ka pala (Hawaiian art of stamping), and Tatau Pasefika (Polynesian Tattoos).
Setting the scene, guests will be able to sample Hawaiian cuisine, feasting on delicacies such as lomilomi salmon, Kajiki poke, and chicken long rice.
The show begins by showcasing the journey voyagers endured crisscrossing the waters of the South Pacific. Thwarting off enemies and battling hunger, the explorers had to rely on their knowledge of the sea and sky, wind, stars, and waves, enduring intense hardships before settling on their last island home, Hawaii.
Navigating their way through a new found homeland, the voyagers celebrated their arrival through feasting, song, and dance, all integral parts of the Polynesian way of life. The second act of the show features dances from Tahiti, the Atolls of the Cook Islands and Tonga. All dances demonstrate the inherent relationships among all of Oceania.
Depicting the settled lives of those that made the journey, the third act depicts how the ancestors that eventually settled in Hawaii, brought with them their customs, and stories through their songs and dances. Remnants of this past are present all throughout Hawaii’s own history. Waikiki, Hawaii’s most famous destination, is highlighted in this third and final act. Hula, a dance unique to Hawaii, the contemporary Polynesian dances of Waikiki today, and the daunting Samoan fire knife dance are featured to showcase the bridge between Polynesian and Hawaiian culture.
The standard buffet dinner show package is $115 (for adults and children 13 and over) $82 (for children 5-12 years old) and free for children four and under. The cocktail show package is $68 (adults) $50 (children 5-12 years old) and free for children four and under.