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Tip for the Polynesian Cultural Center

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Tip for the Polynesian Cultural Center

My husband and I went to the PCC in July, taking their coach bus transportation ($19) round trip from Waikiki. The guide who accompanied us on the bus ("Cousin Walter") offered to guide us around the PCC for the day for $10 each. It was a waste of time and money! We were taken to activities (palm leaf weaving, bolo-like exercise balls, etc.) that were uninteresting and time-consuming. Then we were "parked" at canal-side benches a good 30 minutes before the canoe pageant started. Another waste of time & absolutely no need to get "the best seats". We would have enjoyed it & learned so much more on our own.

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1. Re: Tip for the Polynesian Cultural Center

This sounds odd to me ... It was PCC bus transportation or a different private carrier? The reason I ask that, at least when we went there, you could opt for a tour guide as part of your package. It seems odd to me that PCC would let their bus drivers circumvent that process and "moonlight" as tour guides??!!

We used a tour guide as part of the package, but really didn't need her. I imagine that some folks could use some help in a place that size.

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I'm not sure this is an exact follow-up to your post, but I am curious about the PCC. We had planned to drive there because we did not want to attend the luau...only the events earlier. Has anyone done this? We have decided (from all the posts on TA) that a luau on Maui later in the week would be a better choice. Did you attend the luau at the PCC and did you consider it worth the time and money when both are limited in Honolulu? How about the activities and the show (I believe it is Horizons?) Were they something you are glad you did?

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Don't miss their evening show Horizons, it's GREAT!! I LOVE it and that is always the highlightof our trip.

Go ahead and miss the Luau, Instead you can go out to grab a bite 10 minutes up North at the Turtle Bay Resort. You'll have great meal and return on time to see the evening show.

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The guide I referred to was not a bus driver, rather someone who pointed out the sights as we drove to the PCC. Along the way, he mentioned escorting us for the day. I didn't think a guide was part of the "package" an he wasn't - it was extra and, as I said, we would have enjoyed it much more on our own. We weren't crazy about the "Horizons" show; it's missable unless you like to see fire-eating.

The luau on Maui is probably better; the one at the PCC was OK, but nothing special.

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Mamagata,

I had exactly the same experience as you did. I thought PCC was an incredible waste of money and can't believe so many people go every year. I warn everyone I know not to go. But for some reason, it continues to be highly recommended by people here so who knows.

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We liked it alot -- we appreciated the shuttle to and from our hotel on Waikiki. The presentations from the various island groups were much more engaging that I thought they would be. The parade was fun ... and I don't usually like parades. Our dinner was at the buffet instead of the luau and I pigged out on the shrimp - yum! And the evening performance was wonderful. I think the shopping was excellent, too. Only problem: it was the hottest day ever in the history of whole world. We are from a hot part of California -- and even my hearty husband would duck into the bathroom and pour water over his head. We still refer the clothes we worn that day ... oh, this is the shirt I pitted out at the PCC ... and the threads are still holding it together! BTW - it was September.

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Hmmm. I am finding this interesting. I have been to PCC twice now.

The first time we drove on our own with no guide. Didn't get a lot out of it because by the time we figured out where to go next, the presentation at the village was over!

The second time (last Feb) we took a PCC bus. Cousin "whomever" was onboard and did announce that for an additional $10.00 he would be our guide. We paid the $10.00 and he ensured that we saw all of the presentations on time with a group that had already "prebought" the tour. We did not pay him the $10.00 but upon arrival went to the ticket booth and paid the fee.

It was definately worth the money for us.

We thought the Horizon's show was fabulous.

We have never done the luau. We ate at a small food vendor on site during the luau and attended the Imax, a coral reef presentation.

Please keep in mind that when you take the PPC bus it is about a 10 hr. day.

For the previous poster...there is a twilight package that you can buy if you are just stopping by and driving yourself.

All in all, I really think it depends on whether or not you wish to learn about and absorb the culture & history of the Islands. Certainly not what everyone wishes to do on their holiday.

I plan to go again this January and take our young adult sons. We will again skip all the luau's on Oahu. IMO none are worthwhile, the food is served buffet, usually luke warm, the entertainment not the quality of that at Horizon's, the bus ride is long, and the drinks are expensive and you don't have enough time there to party-hardy.

Wear good shoes and be comfortable. The PCC does not serve any alchohol or caffinated drinks, including coffee.

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I forgot to mention that our guide did not allow time for us to see the Imax show, so we left the luau early and caught the last half of it. That should not have happened, since the Imax is included in the price of admission.

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9. Re: Tip for the Polynesian Cultural Center

Boy, always gotta be complaints about something. Chuck...

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10. Re: Tip for the Polynesian Cultural Center

Unbelievable!!!!!

I have never heard anyone say that they did hot like the show...here I find two!!!

Different stroke I guess...