Tropic Tales

May 6, 2014 | By Catherine Caldwell

Audiences discover the majestic wonders of Polynesia at “Te Moana Nui: Tales of the Pacific.”

“Te Moana Nui,” translated as “the vast ocean,” symbolizes the massive waters that connect the people of Polynesia.

A wondrous realm of captivating tales from the South Pacific comes alive on stage at “Te Moana Nui: Tales of the Pacific.” Hailed as “Waikiki’s hottest new stage production,” “Te Moana Nui,” presented by Tihati Productions, enchants spectators in the Pacific Beach Hotel’s newly appointed showroom through expressive song, dance, colorful costumes and 130-square-foot high definition LED screen.

Guests taste the culture of the tropics at the production’s interactive pre-show activities, which include casual storytelling, hula, floral headdress making and other crafts. Brave attendees desiring a temporary emblem from the evening are branded with Tatau Pasefika (Polynesian tattoos) from skilled artisans.



Assorted sushi, roasted vegetables, roast prime rib, guava chiffon cake and other scrumptious buffet selections— infused with an island twist—satisfy before the spectacle.

“Our new show ‘Te Moana Nui‘ is promising to become the premiere show in Waikiki— ‘The Lion King‘ of the Pacific,” says Patrick Faas, director of food and beverage at Pacific Beach Hotel. “The theatrical interpretation of how our islands came to be is nothing short of breathtaking, educational and engaging for all ages—a brand-new way to see and experience a lu‘au.”

The journey finishes with a riveting fire knife performance, leaving audience members in awe.

A Standard Dinner Package includes a Mai Tai or other beverage, while the Cocktail Show Package comes with one exotic and two standard cocktail concoctions. Children 4 years and under are free.

Whether a kama‘aina or a traveler, discover the tales of Hawai‘i like never before.

Performances are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Pacific Beach Hotel. For more information, or to book a reservation, call (808) 441-4880 or visit

“Te Moana Nui: Tales of the Pacific”
Pacific Beach Hotel
2490 Kalakaua Ave. [C:10 Waikiki Map] (808) 923-4511