New luau canoe ride at Polynesian Cultural Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu will unveil a new luau program in December, “Onipaa,” a tribute to the kingdom of Hawaii monarch Queen Liliuokalani. 

Onipaa is a Hawaiian word meaning “steadfast,” and the event includes a lei greeting, unveiling of the imu (underground oven), and blessing of the food. During dinner, a song, dance and storytelling performance delivers the tale of Queen Liliuokalani, the last sovereign monarch of the Hawaiian Islands.

The Polynesian Cultural Center also recently introduced the Holoholo Canoe Ride, a 25-minute guided tour highlighting activities guests can experience at the center’s six island villages representing Tonga, Fiji, Aotearoa, Hawaii, Samoa and Tahiti.

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