Cultural centre’s newest activity makes a valid point

Laie’s The Polynesian Cultural Center is offering guests the opportunity to channel their inner warrior and try their hand at the new “Go Native!”spear throwing activity in the Tahitian village. In this game, guests learn how to throw a traditional wooden spear using an underhand technique. The objective of the game is to hit a coconut set atop a tall pole 20 feet away. Competitors throw their spears simultaneously and the winner is determined by who hits the coconut. Traditionally, javelin throwing was a competition held between islands in the Tuamotu archipelago. Teams representing the different islands would compete to determine who had the best spear throwers. Spear throwing is available throughout the day from 11:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., 1:00 p.m. to 1:20 p.m., 3 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. In addition to the cooking demos, umu making, coconut tree climbing, outrigger canoe paddling and now spear throwing, upcoming “Go Native!”activities include, Hawaiian quilt making and Te Here (forever), a Tahitian wedding celebration. (