Talofa...and welcome to the Polynesian Cultural Centers islands of Samoa. "Sacred center" is one definition of the name of these lush, tropical, high-rise islands which are located almost 2,500 miles to the southwest of Hawaii, approximately in the middle of the Polynesian Triangle. Samoa is also sometimes called the "heart of Polynesia." By the way, the appropriate response to talofa, which is an expression of affection similar to the Hawaiian word aloha, is talofa lava.



Most Samoans are friendly and outgoing. In fact, the famed 19th century author Robert Louis Stevenson, who lived his final years and is buried there, called them "the happy people." Samoa today is very much a part of the modern world, but the people also hold firmly to faaSamoa — their Samoan language, dress, food and customs — which they gladly share at the Polynesian Cultural Center. 

The Samoans present one of the Centers most popular cultural demonstrations.
 

Samoa

 

The Polynesian Cultural Centers Migrations Museum and Fale Popo - Coconut Gift Shop and snack stand are also located in the Islands of Samoa.

The Polynesian Cultural Center shares an introduction to an ancient and fascinating people.