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Review of Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center
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Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Laie
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the top Hawaii attractions includes the Polynesian Cultural Center, which features a 42-acre facility on the North Shore of Oahu. Founded in 1963, the nonprofit Center was created so that the students of nearby Brigham Young University Hawaii could work their way through college by sharing their island heritage with visitors. The students come from an area that covers approximately 12 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean.
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Creswell, Oregon
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“Outstanding experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2008

On our second trip to PCC we paid for the full Ambassador Package, including hotel pickup, and have nothing but good things to say. From start to finish they treated us like royalty.

I was reluctant to be dragged around in a group, but this was different than any group I have ever been in. Our tour guide, Gombo from Mongolia, was knowledgeable, amusing, organized and so responsible that sometimes it hurt. He got us to each show right at the start, and gathered us up at the end. We played the stick game with the Maoris, made palm frond fish and got "tattoos", and even though we were all adults, everybody seemed to enjoy it.

The luau was outstanding, and very much better than I remember the non-ambassador class luau being. They gave each of us an orchid lei at the door, and so when you looked around the dining area you saw a sea of purple flowers. I did not care for the entertainment but the food could not have been better.

The evening show was also excellent, although my ears were still ringing the next day.

It's a lot of money, a lot of time and a lot of sensory input, and worth every bit of it.

Thank Opera_lover054
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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“Informative but considered expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Awesome Experience!”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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“A fun experience”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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