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Polynesian Cultural Center Entrance

Polynesian Cultural Center

Highlights:
  • 42- acres of Cultural Fun
  • Twirl Poi Balls and Play Tititorea
  • Sample Tahitian Coconut Bread
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Description:

During the day, visitors to the Polynesian Cultural Center can experience life from seven Polynesian cultures as interpreted by natives from those cultures in centers set up as if the visitors were visiting those islands. Over the course of a few short hours, you will feel like you have been to all the islands.

For example, at the Island of Samoa, visitors can see living quarters, cooking huts and a chief’s home all built without nails, learn to crack a coconut using only a small rock, and watch barefooted-young maidens climb coconut trees.

Alternatively, at the Island of Tonga, experience spear throwing, learn to play the large native drums, and challenge your friends to native games like lafo.

On the other hand, visitors to the Fiji Island can view the interior of a six-story high Fijiian temple, but be careful entering the wrong door can end with death. See the weapons that these islanders use to fight their battles, and experience the opportunity to fight with them.

There are seven villages just waiting to be explored, but that is not all. As you start to get hungry for dinner, you can experience a Hawaiian luau, a prime rib buffet or the contemporary island all-you-can-eat buffet.

After dinner, make sure to stay for the evening show. This Broadway style show is part Polynesian dance, part native music and all accented with blazing fire knives.

 
Type:
Attraction
Cultural
Features:
Bathroom
Drinking water
Food for purchase
Parking
Hours:
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Daily12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Activities
Location
55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States 96762
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16 reviews, 0 comments
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(3.6 of 5)
Awesome
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Awesome! It was absolutely worth coming here to the Polynesian Cultural Center.
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i been this place 1 time but i really like it
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i been this place 1 time but i really like it . folks if you travel to honolulu or o'aho don't forget to visit this place
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We recently visited PCC, and it is surprising good
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We recently visited PCC, and it is surprising good. It was better than expected. There is a big screen movie to show case the scenery of the islands filmed from a plane. There are 8 villages, Hawaii, Tonga, Tahihti, New Zealand, Fiji, etc. and also dance shows on the boats, showing cultural differences as well as similarities of various Polynesian Cultures. There are fun activities such as start a ... morefire, dancing, for kids to participate. Luau was good, and I liked the Poke. PCC is owned by the Mormon Church and most employees, dancers, etc., are part time students at the nearby BYU campus. Shop around for tickets, and you can get a huge discount. Tickets can be used for revisits of the theme park.
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If you haven't been to the PCC you are missing the experience of a lifetime
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If you haven't been to the PCC you are missing the experience of a lifetime. Invest in the Ambassador packages and you will really be able to maximize both your time and enjoyment.
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I have brought my family several times to this place which already tells you about my
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I have brought my family several times to this place which already tells you about my bias, but with that in mind, I want to give you my honest opinion of what you can expect despite a few people unfairly giving it bad reviews. This is a fun place to relax and enjoy a family themed park with your loved ones without worrying about foul language or creepy people. I've been to many luaus and never enjoyed ... morethem as much as this one. The fire show at night is one not to be missed. They try to please everyone with their dinner, but you can't please 100% of everyone 100% of the time. There was so much variety that I couldn't taste everything. If something was not as tasty as I thought it should be, I'd just get something else and found the food absolutely delicious! Also, be sure you are getting what you really want when you purchase your tickets. Either call the center before you purchase or make sure you go over it when you buy your tickets to make sure you experience all that you want to pay for. If you go to Disneyland or Universal Studios, you will have crowded venues and expensive food and long lines that can take over an hour at a time. Not here, and it is worth every penny. Try going to a Vegas show and see what tickets cost for a 2 hr. show! Here you spend the day meeting friendly natives showing off their culture and you leave with a sense of having traveled to far off lands. Yes these are students paying for their way through college by working at the Polynesian Cultural Center, but they are no less talented than the best at any top hotel in Honolulu or any other hotel in Hawaii. I hope you will give it a try and I believe you will love the experience.
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Expensive, but worth it
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Expensive, but worth it. We did not had enough time to do all the activities, but the ones we did were worth it. The Ha show and the canoe parade are beautiful productions. The food was better than expected, after reading so many negative comments.
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I love PCC
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I love PCC! Here are traditional Polynesian Culture, various exciting activities, good food, and good workers. I really recommend you to visit here. PCC is really AWESOME!!!
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The Polynesian Cultural Center provided me with by far the worst experience I've had as a
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The Polynesian Cultural Center provided me with by far the worst experience I've had as a tourist in Hawaii. This place is a huge piggy bank for the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormons (it's in the fine print on their brochure). First of all it costs you for parking before you even get into this place, then it costs an arm and a leg for entry, particularly ... moreif you are taking the family, and then they slug you again for a meal ticket to eat at the barbecue! Oh and don't count on being able to have a cool refreshing beer or glass of wine with your meal, this place is run by the church so there's no alcohol on the premises. The food at the barbecue was quite frankly disgusting, there were flies and bugs all over the available selections which were certainly not traditional Polynesian foods. Moving on... My partner and I were constantly hassled at every turn by people asking if we knew where we were going and trying to convince us to join a tour (don't do this, you will go insane with boredom). We sat through a couple of shows which were very much generalized and simplified to the point where they contained no real information which was disappointing because that's why we came to this place, to learn about Polynesian culture and way of life. What we got was far from this, a few dances here and there, some phrases and words and not much else. In the end we cut our losses and got out of there, thoroughly frustrated and annoyed with ourselves for not doing more research on this place. If you wish to hand over your hard earned money to the Mormons just join the church, it's far easier than going through the pain of visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center.
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Strongly misleading
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Strongly misleading. Mediocre food. Non authentic. It's the Republican version of a luau. Pointless and illogical. #by...ob #byudontwannagohere
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Really good learning experience about the islands of Polynesia really good buffet but one thing is
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Really good learning experience about the islands of Polynesia really good buffet but one thing is that is bad is the price you pay for things for example I got a airbrush tattoo that cost $15 they said would last a week but it came off the next day.
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Seriously PASS on this place, Oahu has so much better to offer
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Seriously PASS on this place, Oahu has so much better to offer. The packages are expensive and confusing. We had to go back to the front desk to purchase a food voucher for the BBQ because they couldn't process a payment on the spot. The BBQ was terrible. There was flies in all the food selections, a dead fly in salad dressing as well as a hair in the cheese. I don't believe it would have met the ... morefood safety standards. Even the cultural centre itself was a let down. I was expecting to learn more about the different cultures and history. Instead the whole thing felt "dumbed down" while they taught you a phrase or two from the local languages.
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We were recommended to see the chiefs luau but had enough time to go ahead and
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We were recommended to see the chiefs luau but had enough time to go ahead and book the polynesian cultural center also. However, we thought we booked a tour but when we got almost all the way there on the buss we were informed we need to pay on additional 25 dollars per person to have a tour guide. And he went on to insist that we would be lost without him. The $25 did include a lunch buffet that ... morewas ok. The Ha Breath of life show was good. Would have given more star's if we hadn't felt deceived about the tour.
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Great place to bring the family for some great food and entertainment
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Great place to bring the family for some great food and entertainment. The place is well kept, very clean. The people are friendly and helpful. It is a full day's activity. Plan the whole day there. I don't drink, so the City Laie being a "dry city" didn't bother me. You will have fun. Thank you PCC for the awesome vacation.
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I came here with a Korean tour group, so my experience would obviously be different from
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I came here with a Korean tour group, so my experience would obviously be different from people who came here on their own. This place is a huge tourist attraction for a reason and I would recommend coming here. However, I would recommend doing the dinner/evening show rather than the lunch/tour that our group did. If you book online over 10 days in advance from your visit, you can save 15%. There ... moreare four dining options here: New Island Luau, Ali'I Luau, Prime Rib Dining Buffet, and Island Buffet Dining. Our group participated in the Island Buffet Dining. We were seated in their large dining area, which seats around 1K people. The description online says they serve "savory Hawaiian, Asian and mainland entrees, buffet style" with "desserts galore." LIES. The food was terribly mediocre and there was just four dessert offerings, none of which looked appetising. So I'm not a fan of the food here... but it was included in our entrance fee, so we all ate until we were full. After lunch our group went on an approximately 2 hour long tour with a Korean guide. I had asked if I could go on the English one but it was full so they said my only option was to wander around on my own :/ Korean tour it is then! We rode on a canoe down past all seven villages (which represent the seven Polynesian islands) and then walked by, stopping a few times to either participate in an activity or see a show. We stopped in Hawaii to learn a song on the ukulele and also learn a hula dance. Then we stopped in Tonga to see their presentation on Tongan ta nafa (drumming). Three members of the audience even got to participate, which was fun to watch. The tour ended with everyone going to the IMAX theatre and watching their 14-minute video on Hawaii in 4D. That's right--the chairs will move/lean forward to make it feel like you really are going through the air and seeing different areas of the islands. It was a pretty cool video to watch. We didn't get to see their evening show since we left afterwards, but I've heard really good things about it and would recommend seeing it if you are coming here. It's called "Ha: Breath of Life" and takes place from 7:30-9PM daily. The PCC also offers other activities during the day: Maori Poi, Canoe Race, Tahitian Spear Throw, Samoan Cooking, and Fire Making. And it's great to be able to explore the seven Polynesian islands in one place: Hawaii, Marquesas, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Aotearoa (New Zealand), and Samoa. Each village has their own presentation and activities as well. I kind of wish we had come here independent of the tour group so we could have fully explored this place, but my mum and I still had a good time nonetheless. But with my not being able to understand most of what our tour guide was saying and the food being so mediocre I can't give them more than three stars...
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Fake fake FAKE
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Fake fake FAKE! The PCC is overly tacky and is about as real as a Mexican Restaurant run by Japanese people. It's a celebration of cultural rape — and the raping doesn't end there. The food has eerie similarities to the bodegas I frequent on the Lower East Side, but with a festive exploitative twist. The Center tries to class it up by prying your money from you at every turn of their huge megaplex. ... moreIt's basically a Circus with a Polynesian theme. Ugh. For answers as to why the experience is so "off," one needn't look any further than the BYU in the backyard.
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We have been to the PCC many times over the years but we had a first
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We have been to the PCC many times over the years but we had a first 2 weeks ago - CANNED PEACHES in the intermission treat of 'Ha'. CANNED peaches? In paradise? And the pineapple in those same ice cream treats was cut up pieces of the core?? What's up? That poor quality really disappointed us. Carolyn Brooks
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