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Oahu Circle Island with Pearl Harbor Tour
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Laie
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 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.
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Reviewed 27 October 2008

We purchased an ambassador package and although relatively expensive I feel we got value for money.
We opted for the early pick up from our hotel at midday and did not return until 10pm. It was a lengthy, tiring day but there was never a moment that wasn't filled with a show or demonstration and we were entertained throughout.

If you do not take out the ambassador package there were constant efforts to sell you drinks or programs or other items. I was glad we we're not bothered with the extra selling as I'm sure that would have taken from the experience.

Some of the guides were a little dissorganised and we did waste a bit of time just lagging around waiting for them. We did miss a few demonstrations because of this. Overall the staff were friendly and funny. It is definitely "commercial" and a put together for general consumption. But they clearly state their aim is for you to go away with a few memories and a couple of words and hopefully learn a little about other cultures.

Its definitely nothing like visiting the pacific nations in person but as the vast majority of people visiting the centre won't get a chance I think it does a fair job of giving them an insight.

A fantastic day out, if you can afford the ticket I don't think you will be disappointed.

Thank dubsyd
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Reviewed 6 October 2008

@Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC)

The villages: Mostly static displays depicting the "life/culture" of a polynesian tribe. The "shows"/information sessions at the respective villages are informative, but that's it. I don't feel that I have "experience" any of the cultural insights at all.

Horizons show: The highlight of PCC, especially the fire dancing segment. Without this show, PCC will not be worth going to.

IMAX: The show we saw was about marine conservation of coral reefs. Interesting but 45 minutes is a bit too long.

Buffet dinner at "Gateway Restaurant": The food range/variety is pathetic and taste is average, nothing unique.

Our time spent (1 day) at PCC gave us some insights into the culture of polynesian tribes. We find the experience quite interesting but it does not warrant the "expensive" admission prices.

Thank quarks77
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Reviewed 5 October 2008

Of the two weeks we were on the island this was by far the best tourist attraction we went to. The entire day was well organized (although you'll never get to see/do everything in one day), our tour guide was great. The ambassador luau was good. I think the IMAX movie was a waste though, I would have rather spent more time in the villages. Every village performance was unique and interactive, this was by far the most interactive thing you can do on the island. The Horizons night show was the best we saw our entire trip. The best part though, is that all proceeds go to BYU for scholarships to educate the performers/employees of the park who are from the seven nations represented at the park. That's a win win, Polynesian islanders get to share their culture with people from all over the world while also getting an education. We got to see demonstrations of how life is in Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, Tonga, etc. from people who were born and raised on these islands.

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Reviewed 26 September 2008

We really enjoyed our day here. It's kind of liek Epcot for Polynisians. You visit each "island" and learn about their culture and customs. There's a luau where the food was not very good. The night show is really cool. It's a very long day but worth a visit.

Pay the extra money for a guide - it's worth it.

Thank cmb069
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Reviewed 20 September 2008

Show was good...if you liked Lion King. Too much emphasis on entertainment, not enough cultural information.

3  Thank wanderer100
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