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Polynesian Cultural Center

55-370 Kamehameah Hwy., Laie, Oahu, HI 96762
1-800-367-7060
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Ranked #4 of 8 Attractions in Laie
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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... more » 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. « less
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Nyack, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

We were at PCC about 20 years ago and had fond memories of the shows and activities. They did not live up to our expectations this time - it seemed to have lost its shine. The boat rides were short, the action at the various villages very limited in scope, although the staff was generally upbeat. The dinner at the... More

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Dumfries, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

I thought it was going to be like another museum, boy was I in for a big surprise. I learned about all the Islands through demonstrations and from people actually from each Island in their native settings and clothing. A must visit if on the Island of Oahu. I also recommend staying for the meal and play which is told,... More

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Kalamazoo County, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

I would not recommend visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center. This was a huge waste of money. My family and I have traveled to the Fijian Islands and Hawaii. We found this "cultural center" laughable. The presentation of the cultures of the Polynesian Islands is very biased and stereotypical. My teenaged children found the portrayal of the cultures to be troubling,... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Took my kids here while on vacation in Oahu and we had a great time. The employees were some of the friendliest I've encountered anywhere and it was such a pleasant and upbeat atmosphere. My kids LOVED the activities at each 'Island' and it was a very interactive experience. The float parade was so entertaining. You should allow for plenty... More

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Lula, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

It's interesting to learn about all the cultures that came together to create the Hawaiian islands. Also to learn how the Hawaiian culture use to communicate and share their history thru dance.

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Marion, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

The Polynesian Cultural Center is a must see when visiting Hawaii. We had a private tour guide (Sepa) which was expensive but worth every penny. She was from the island of a Tonga and knew everything about the polynesian cultures. She was a fantastic tour guide! Without her we would not have learned very much during our tour. We were... More

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California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

I hesitantly joined my friend and her family to visit PCC, to my surprised I ended up loving it. It was one of the highlights of my trip to Oahu. It was so much fun, there was so much to see. We came around 1pm thinking it would be an ample amount of time to look around but in reality... More

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

There's quite a bit to do here, but went on a very hot day. Center covers 6 island areas each with unique demonstrations/shows lasting about 20 minutes each. Please a nice video experience, canoe ride, and canoe pageant. The luau is good, but not outstanding. The evening show is filled with pageantry but a bit long for young children, particularly... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The highlights were the enthusiasm and skill of the performers, bith in the different villages and at Ha. I booked the Ambassador package, with pick-up and drop-off near my hotel. Passengers are grouped by which package they have purchased. The guide on the bus was a little hokey, but I did learn some things about the sites we passed by.... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The Polynesian cultural center was a great tour to take to learn about the Polynesian culture. At each village we learned about the culture of that island. The canoe show, IMAX movie and evening show were very good. We left our hotel around 1030 and didn't get back until 1045 that night. I would suggest you drive yourself or go... More

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