Katie Zeitler Diamond
Laie Hawaii LDS Temple + Polynesian Cultural Center - September 2022
Updated: Sep 25, 2022
I love recreating photos from the past.
Here is my mom and my younger sister when she was 2 months old:
...and my younger sister and her 11 month old baby here (35 years later)
We stopped by for a visit of the Laie Hawaii temple, drove around BYU Hawaii, and then went to the Polynesian Cultural Center for an afternoon/evening of activities, food, and a show.
Laie Hawaii Temple: https://churchofjesuschristtemples.org/laie-hawaii-temple/
Polynesian Cultural Center: https://polynesia.com
Took a canoe ride to the far end of the cultural center:
Wood working demo:
I'm not a big flower person, but if you know me, you know I love dahlias. I also love alpine wildflowers. I'm adding plumeria to my short list of flowers I like after this trip. They're so pretty and they smell so darn good. I've never had an interest in painting flowers, but now I kinda do.
Blue Hawaiian slushee. We ate so much fruit while we were in Hawaii!
We got temporary tattoos in "Fiji"
Micah's means that he's a navigator.
Mine meant that I'm a warrior and my sister's meant that she's a queen.
I also won a spear throwing contest... I beat a guy who made some comments about women belonging in the kitchen. I have to laugh at that.
The buffet was incredible and the show was really good. I think I actually learned a few things that I didn't know about different Polynesian cultures, so good job to the PCC: I have been educated.. I'm not sure exactly how I feel about monetizing cultural experiences, but I do appreciate the opportunity to learn and be exposed to traditions and culture, and I only want to be respectful and supportive.
Everyone was so warm and welcoming too. It felt like we were part of a big family. I still can't get over the welcoming feeling that we experienced throughout our whole trip. It made me feel good and I want to make sure I'm sharing Hawaii in the best light and honoring the people who live there and their land. Mahalo!!!