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“Polynesian Cultural Center”

Polynesian Cultural Center
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Ranked #5 of 15 things to do in Laie
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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 on the North Shore 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 Fire-Knife 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 4 June 2014

This will be a very long day filled with activities. The property is all handicapped accessible and the staff is very accommodating. I recommend that you plan the day at the Polynesian Cultural Center after you have given yourself time to recuperate from traveling to the islands. I would recommend that you follow your activities with a more relaxing day as well. You will be tired, but it is a day filled with various activities. Our tour bus Guide picked us up at the hotel. His name was Patrick and he was was a wealth of knowledge explaining many sites as we passed them in route to the center. Several of the people employed at the center are college students attending Brigham Young University. Their work there supports the cost of tuition. In the evening we attended a traditional luau. Early in the day we got to see a pig placed in the pit and cooked. They presented the roasted pig for us to view at the luau. However, I do not believe that it was part of that pork served at the meal. There was a parade down the river with people dressed in costumes associated with the island they represented. We even got to see a young man climb a coconut tree and pick coconuts. At the end of the day we attended musical production. The seats in the theater are similar to a baseball stadium seating style. I found them very uncomfortable, but still worth watching the show. Our tour guide was very sweet. At the end of the day we did not want to say goodbye. Thank God for social media, because now we are friends on Facebook. It has been wonderful keeping in touch and the concept of Ohana carried was back to the mainland with us.

Thank ToniaPoss
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We booked our tickets on line and it was a pretty smooth process. Upon recommendation from a friend who had been there recently, we arrived about 45 minutes before the actual opening of the park. This allowed us to get a good parking spot ($7/car) and our tickets before the lines started. A couple of the shops actually open up early which allowed us to get the souvenir shopping done early. The place is really like an amusement park - without the rides. It is beautifully landscaped. There was so much to see and do that we felt like we didn't get to everything. The staff (mainly BYU Hawaii students) were very helpful and well trained. The entertainers and story tellers were Amazing! The boat parade was great. We did not do dinner there. We were pretty tired after a full day of walking through the park so we decided to take in the show another night. The show was wonderful. The entertainers were just incredible. The story did drag a little in the middle, but just as you start to get bored, the fire juggler comes out. He was awesome. The show has a lot of action in the walk ways so they staff are insistent that you stay in your seats. The theater is an open air venue, but it is covered so we didn't worry about the weather. They do offer an intermission and offer up the chance to buy a frozen dessert for $5. The other thing is that they do not allow for photography or video during the show. The staff were monitoring the audience and every time someone flashed a camera or they saw a cell phone light up, they were right there. One thing to note - the souvenirs at the PCC were so much less expensive than any other location we visited. And they had plenty to choose from - cheap kids stuff to really nice artwork.

Our two teenagers considered it one of their favorite things we did on our trip. It was interactive, entertaining and educational. We loved it.

1  Thank KMR96
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Our travel agent booked this tour for us (3 adults and 3 children). The bus picked us up at our hotel and we had an excellent tour guide on the bus (I believe his name was John). I highly recommend paying for a "guided" tour because the place is so big, that it would be very difficult to navigate your way around and enjoy all of the activities. We had one disappointment though - we booked this tour to be able to go to a Luau but when the tour guide gave us our tickets, we were given tickets to an "island buffet". Dont waste your money on this buffet. The lines were very long and the food was not very good. Our "guide" tried to get our tickets changed, but there were no more seats left at the Luau. This also happened to another family of 3 that was in the same group as us. The activities in the different villages were fun and informative. The "Breath of Life" show was nice also.

Thank ilovevacations00
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

The day was very looooong. The tour guide did not wait for the entire group to catch up before talking and since we had 3 children - 2 in strollers, we missed a lot of what he said. When we did catch what he said, it was in a Samoan accent which was difficult to understand at times. The canoe ride that we were looking forward to was uneventful and pretty boring. The food on the buffet was really good, but they don't really expect you to go up more than once - even though it is a buffet. We took plates from an empty chair for our second visit and it was amazing how quickly they cleared the rest of the empty plates off the table so noone else could follow our lead. We left during the intermission of the Ha show (the evening show). We were tired and it was very hard to follow what exactly was happening - unless you speak Hawaiian or whatever language they were narrating the story in. If you live in Hawaii, I could see spending several days there - a couple hours at a time to really enjoy what they have to offer, but not worth the day away from the beach for vacationers.

2  Thank Geni W
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

A touristy-must. Experience all the "famous" stuff from hawaii in a nutshell.

Really liked it, had a great guide, the place is awesome and to get the "VIP" is a good idea.

Thank sandraurena
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