Polynesian Club

Polynesian cultures are very sacred and many people know little about them. The Polynesian cultures include the island nations of Hawai’i, Samoa, Aotearoa (Maori New Zealand), Fiji, the Marquesas, Tahiti and Tonga. Poly club is a way to embrace those cultures and show what they are about. Just like the indigenous people, Poly Club has become a family for many. The bonds you create in this club have been strong every year that I have done it myself. 

To see more of what it’s about, I asked some members how they feel about the club and the journey to get where it’s been and what they love most about it. 

Milanya: “ Something I love about poly club is how much we support each other and how much we’ve grown as a group getting better everyday. Being Samoan it’s great to see other people interested in the culture and want to learn about it and be apart of something that embraces the culture of my people”

Sam: “ I like that everyone is really nice and it makes being in the club fun. I also love doing hula. It’s my first time being in a club and I wanted to see what it was like so I joined.”

Overall one thing members of the club love most seems to be how it’s like a family and how much support there is for everyone. 

I asked the main club leader why she decided to take over the club, what it’s like to run the club and teach dances and what she loves most about it.

 Charlize: “ I decided to take over this club because it was something I’ve always had a passion for and it was something i thought that would be really fun and to lead and something to do outside of school other than my sports it’s also giving me more of a leadership role that I’ve been missing in my life. It’s really fun being able to teach girls who have never done hula and Tahitian or even heard of it how to dance and see their faces light up when they learn how to do the moves correctly and learn and perform dances. So for me it’s something that’s really fun even though it can be tough with how many girls we have.”

If you would like to learn more about the cultures, learn Hula, Tahitian, or Haka, come to the dance room Fridays right after school to join! This club is very welcoming and overall pretty great, so don’t be scared to check it out!