The magic of Micronesia: Onward Beach Resort Barbecue & Polynesian Dance Show

by Ayaka Yamaguchi
The Guam Guide

Fantastic poolside show in a casual atmosphere

Onward Beach Resort on Agana Bay is just ten minutes away from Hotel Road. This hotel has an extensive water park, beach activities, and is popular with families. One of the most fun attractions is the barbecue, where you can grill your own food. It’s all-you-can-eat and drink — perfect for energizing your body after days of beach-going and shopping.

A three-piece band opens the show. The island/Hawaiian music is peppered with pop hits that everyone can sing along to. Popular musicians are gathered from international destinations and their talent and experience shows. Wellknown local musicians include Shawn San Nicholas of Rebel Lion.

This show is very elegant, although the dance troupe numbers 10 or less — a small group compared to others. This is one of the best places to see hula dancing and the upbeat Tahitian dance, which is sure to quicken your pulse.

One of the unique features of this show is a Samoan children’s dance similar to patty cake. The audience participates by responding to commands. The slowest are eliminated. This sounds very simple, but it’s quite difficult and tons of fun to watch. The audience can’t help but roar in laughter at the spectacle of a man doing a woman’s dance. You’ve got to see it to believe it.

Next, female dancers enter the stage with fire poi balls. The lights are dimmed so you can see the fire reflected in the pool for a fantastic visual display. As if awesome barbecue (which may entice you to overeat), melodic live music, and the heritage hula dance called Kahico aren’t enough, there is one more thing to excite you and that is the fire dance.

This fire dancer (pictured below) has won the fire dance competition on Guam for several successive years, which makes for a nearly flawless performance. Enjoy the authentic Polynesian performance, which stays true to the culture, in a comfortable, intimate setting.

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