The South Pacific is calling


A Polynesian dance troupe will headline the entertainment March 1 for Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Senior Expo at the Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa.

Photo courtesy of Lanakila’s

Aloha, boomer and senior family!

Could you use a little trip to the South Seas? If so, the Boomer Guide Senior Expo has a deal for you.

Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Senior Expo always sizzles with entertainment, education and giveaways, but this spring it will literally be on fire, thanks to the appearance of the Lanakila’s troupe of Polynesian dancers, headliners at the expo.

“This event launches the new 2019 Boomer Guide magazine that everyone has been waiting for,” said Jill Blue, CEO of Bluewater Creative Group, the publisher of Senior Life, Viera Voice and the Boomer Guide. “You won’t want to miss it. You’ll miss out on all the fun, entertainment and information available. The expo will bring together hundreds of participants with some of the best exhibitors that provide service for boomers and seniors.”

The popular event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 1 at the Space Coast Convention Center at 301 Tucker Lane, off Interstate 95 in Cocoa.

“We take people on a musical journey to Polynesia,” said Nathan Pokipala, who started the Lanakila’s 29 years ago.

A native of Maui, Hawaii, Pokipala is about as Polynesian as one can get. His troupe includes professional artists from throughout the South Pacific.

Lanikala’s has its beginnings as the first traveling Polynesian entertainment company on the Eastern Seaboard. Since 2002, the Orlando-based troupe has delighted audiences with an authentic luau experience at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, as well as at Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. Lanakila’s has performed its exotic songs and dances from the South Pacific in more than 100 countries.

The Boomer Guide Senior Expo performances will include musicians, hula dancers and the male fire dancers.

“We’ll have several shows throughout the day,” Pokipala said. Be prepared to engage your inner hula dancer.

“It’s a very high-energy, interactive audience experience,” Pokipala said.

Beyond the hula hullabaloo, the Boomer Guide Expo includes live music, educational exhibits, demonstrations, prizes, limited free medical screenings and — drum roll, please — the unveiling of the 2019 Boomer Guide, a comprehensive fact book of everything Brevard, particularly as it pertains to boomers and seniors. Meet the 2019 “Cover Boomers” on the pool deck at 1 p.m.

While a journey to the South Pacific can drain your pocketbook, a visit to Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Senior Expo is a mini-adventure to Polynesia at the cost of absolutely nothing. Even better, you will go home armed with information to help make 2019 a great year.

“It’s our big celebration,” Blue said.

Exhibitor booths still are available. For more information, call 321-242- 1235.