Polynesian Spirit in Zion
I was fortunate enough to make it out to the soft-opening of Siva Pasefika’s Luau Dinner Show in Zion National Park. Driving through Springdale alone is enough to put a smile on this guy’s face, but I was ecstatic when I got out of the car at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater. It’s like all of a sudden you realize, “this is what MAGNIFICENT means..” As I was walking around taking pictures, I hear the faint, yet commanding sound of a conch shell trumpeting into the canyon. To my left is a man standing with this conch shell, beckoning for the show to begin.
Dinner & A Show
The only drawback of my experience was the fact that we had showed up too late for the Polynesian Luau BBQ (So show up on time!!) Just the smell of the BBQ was enough to make my mouth water.
There’s a lot of good seating in the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater, however, they aren’t soft seats, so bring a cushion if you’d like to. This dinner & show will set you back $49.99 per person, which might seem a little steep, but considering food is relatively expensive anywhere in Springdale, this isn’t a bad price.
This show made for a truly Polynesian cultural experience. Fire-twirling, Hula dancing, traditional Maori Haka & more! It really was so rich in culture and exciting. At one point, several performers came into the crowd to pick out volunteers for an onstage dance battle! Come to think of it, it was something like Dancing with the Stars because each crowd volunteer danced alongside their professional partner against other volunteer/performer duo’s. At one point, a Dad and his daughter had an epic hula dance battle. A LOT of laughs from the kids in the audience.
I think my favorite part of all, however, was when we were encouraged to yell and shout alongside the performers. It seemed like every other 5 seconds someone would scream something like “CHEEEE-CHA!!”. I, along with many others, proceeded to shout out until I lost my voice.
Obviously, if you’re looking for the best of the best Polynesian culture, you’d better buy a plane ticket to the Pacific Islands, but for a Polynesian Luau Dinner Show here in the middle of the Desert – it’s a great experience. Whether you’re planning a trip to Zion or just coming out from St. George for the evening, you should consider this as part of your experience. What a great way to relax and have some fun at the end of the day, not to mention delicious Polynesian BBQ. Dinner & a show in what is perhaps the world’s most beautiful outdoor amphitheater. Check it out for yourself!
Check out SivaPasefika.Com for more info.