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“Crappy food but show was good!”

Polynesian Cultural Center
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US$59.95*
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US$99.95*
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Polynesian Cultural Center Luau
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US$194.12*
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Oahu Circle Island with Pearl Harbor Tour
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Laie
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Polynesian Cultural Center is one of the most visited destinations in Hawaii! Our beautiful 42 acre park, which sits along the northeast edge of Oahu, features six distinct Polynesian villages, Hawaii, Aotearoa, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga and Samoa. We offer numerous dining options including daily luaus which provides a delicious island themed buffet and lively entertainment. Our award winning evening show, Ha: Breath of Life features over 100 Polynesian performers, presenting a stirring tale of love, adventure, life and death and featuring championship level fireknife dancers and jaw dropping special effects. We also provide a variety of shops and kiosks offering everything from aloha inspired clothing to quality ukuleles, and island souvenirs to fine jewelry.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 6 January 2014

We had the buffet and the show included in our tickets, we were told to get a tour guide on top of that too, the tour guide was not worth it. The buffet was disgusting, there were flies all around the buffet tables and the waiters did not care. It was not a traditional luau experience at all. In fact it was a variety of badly cooked dishes set up as a buffet. PCC is a private enterprise and everywhere you go, you are expected to pay money for everything, they served really bad food for dinner, and then we went to see the show, before, during and after the show, they had young teenagers selling chocolate bars and ice-cream to the audience. The actual show was good though, just don't eat their food!

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Reviewed 6 January 2014

Although it is a commercial operation it gives one an insight into several Polynesian cultures...I enjoyed wandering around...watching the different performances on the canal and the individual Island shows. The IMAX movie was fabulous - a must see. I made several purchases in the gift shop. The lunch buffet was passable.

Thank Dawn F
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

A cultural center for indigenous people run by the local Mormon community, this place felt more like a stop at Epcot. Some of the shows are corny, some are decent, the exhibits are pure cheese. It is not worth the money or the hike to get out there. Skip it and the accompanying luau which was boring and sedate and the food at the buffet was awful and the service nonexistent, and it's a cattle herd of people being herded in and out. Spring for a beach side intimate luau and get a good guide pretty much anywhere else and learn more about Hawaii. If you're going to drive this way spend your time enjoying the North Shore and banzai pipeline, and stop at Angel's for Hawaiian ice.

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Reviewed 5 January 2014

This time we went with the tour guide. It was nice to get extra information and make all the shows on time. Didn't miss even one. The late night show "Ha- the Breath of Life" was exceptional! MAYBE could be a LITTLE shorter, but all in all, well done and very impressive. It's a full day with the bus ride both ways, but we thought it was well worth it.

1  Thank Dan C
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

Despite its appellation as a "cultural center" which may lead some to believe it is a publicly-funded site, it is a purely commercial venue with a steep admission price and the usual active solicitations for more money - photographs, boat rides, dinner show and the like. The seven island vignettes are nevertheless entertaining and educative, especially for children and preteens. And all of the staff is extremely friendly and helpful.

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