The “haka” is a traditional dance that involves aggressive movements and sounds, such as feet stomping, bulging the eyes, and sticking out the tongue. Originally meant to intimidate enemies, today’s hakas are performed for special ceremonies, as a welcome gesture for visitors, and to celebrate special events. The show was outstanding, with the performers singing in loud, clear voices, with obvious pride of their culture. There was even some audience participation, with seven women going up on stage to learn how to use poi, weighted balls attached to cords that Maori women use during traditional dances.
After the show, audience members were invited to join the performers on a platform back in the lobby, where "Chief Peter" struck his most fear-inducing Maori pose.
To give you a better sense of what we saw, I found this video of the Kiwi Haka performance from 2010: