We visited the PCC in late December. A few things about this attraction are important to realize:
1) There is alot of hands on "stuff" that is very interesting in the various pavilions. This includes spearchucking, outrigger canoeing, making flowers out of palm leaves, playing native instruments. Some things have an extra $ to participate fully. Probably enough for a day with the family, although older teens may mentally check out early. Good for kids 7-15 and then for culturally curious adults. For us, this worked really well. We arrived late (3pm) so did not see everything.
2) The luau was VERY overrated. It is basically the same as the Polynesian in Disney. Hundreds of people packed pretty tighly in tables that are close together. Very commercial! Buffet. Tourist trap for sure. Food was overall average to poor. Nothing special. The luau show was pretty much lifeless with various celebration of birthdays, anniversaries for folks in the crowd. My view was that the performers phoned it in. Would never have booked this if I knew this was such a meat market! My bad!!
3) We also booked the show "Breath of Life" which started at 730 pm and lasted until about 915 pm with an intermission. We have seen shows all over the world and since we are close to Manhattan are blessed to have some of the best theater. Can honestly say BOL was one of the best shows we have ever seen. It was amazing! A celebration of life in the islands via a focus on 2 generations of families. Dont want to spoil with details, but we would go back just to see this show again. Be aware! The venue is huge and sells out regularly. You can upgrade your tix for $10, which we did and were glad we had given the size of the theater. Note the theater is partially outdoors and a 5 min walk from the luau area. At the intermission, they bring out vanilla ice cream and fruit for purchase in a cup. We all thought it was the best ice cream we ever had!
4) There is a wonderful gift shop with some very unique Hawaiian items. Reasonably priced for much of the inventory by island standards.
5) The drive from Honolulu is breathtaking!
6) There are many booking options and tours available. Booking online two weeks or more in advance provides some stellar savings, so plan ahead!!
7) One final note...if you are desparate and really hated the food, there is a McDonalds attached to the parking lot.
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