Maybe you haven’t noticed all the tiki statues ALOHA-ing you in the courtyard before the main show. Well these tikis have their own pre-show, and I have everything for you right here. And there’s even a video at the end so you can see and hear it all!
The Maui sign reads (next to the Tiki statue):
Maui who roped the playful sun.
Through his mystic powers,
he made the sun keep regular hours.
Maui tells us time to go –
time for wondrous Tiki show.
Maui show audio:
“My name is Maui. Natives call me the Mighty One. I tamed the playful sun and gave my people time. Now they set their clocks by mine, for I am Tropic Standard Time.”
The Koro Sign reads:
The Midnight Dancer. In the moonlight, he loved to dance. Natives who watched fell into a trance. Then under his spell all ladies and men, learned to dance to the Tropic Top Ten.
Koro show audio:
“Aloha! wahine ma kunemana – I am Koro – midnight dancer. Today my magic feet no move – my head sore! But last night, all tiki gods have big time – some luau. When drums begin to pound, my head full. Big sound.”
The Rongo Sign reads:
god of agriculture
In tropic lands the legends tell
astounding pioneers did dwell
This wise fella began all flight
for Rongo flew the world’s first kite.
Rongo show audio:
“Me Rongo — god of agriculture. My land so good to me, I got time for sport. I fly kite. Me number one kite – flyer. Too bad I don’t have key – then me, I find electricity.”
The Pele Sign reads: goddess of fire and volcanoes.
Jealous Pele’s angry scorn
is known to every native born
With might blast or simple cough
She blows her bloomin top right off.
Pele show audio: “I’m the one who’s really sad. When I smile it comes out mad.”
The Ngendei sign reads: the earth balancer
A legend comes from the tropic sea
it may be true – or – fan – ta – sy
‘Tis said when Pele shakes the lands
Ngendei rocks and rolls on his hands.
Ngendei show audio:
“Legends say I’m balancing the Earth – but sad to say, I’m just hanging on.”
The Tangaroa-Ru Sign reads: goddess of the east wind.
Her gentle breeze on a tropic isle
makes flowers sing and tikis smile.
And casts a spell on flying birds
whose joyous songs speak wisdom words.
Tangaroa-Ru show audio:
“We often travel together, wind and rain – through tropic lands across the seven seas.”
Hina Kuluua Tiki
The Hina Kuluua Sign reads: goddess of rain
In island world there is no gloom
for Hina’s mists make orchids bloom.
And when this goddess is at play
a gentle rainbow end each day.
Hina Kuluua show audio:
“Come closer so that you may see what magic there is in fantasy.”
The Tangaroa Sign reads: father of all gods and goddesses
Tangaroa took the form of a tree
(a tree that no one ever did see).
And so each spring the legends say
New life comes forth in wondrous way.
Tangaroa show audio: (deep voice) “I am Tangaroa – father of all gods and goddesses. Here in this land of enchantment, I appear before you as a mighty tree. Stand back. Oh, mystic powers, hear my call – from my limbs let new life fall.”