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Address: 55-370 Kamehameah Hwy., Laie, Oahu, HI 96762
Phone Number: 1-800-367-7060
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: One of the top Hawaii attractions includes the Polynesian Cultural Center...
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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Very informative and entertaining

The culture centre is a must see, especially if you want to learn more about the islands that make up polynesia (i.e. Samoa, Fiji, Hawaii, Tonga, etc..). There is an amazing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2012
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Delafield, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

I had expected this to be more authentic, like a Williamsburg or Old World Wisconsin, where there was less of a "show" and more of "how it used to be." That said, however, the quality of the shows/demonstrations was very good. The place is clean, well run, organized, informative and fun. Easy access for all ages. Make-a-Wish families were generously... More 

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pophi, Manager at Polynesian Cultural Center, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We sincerely appreciate your kind remarks about the Polynesian Cultural Center. We are so pleased that you took time during your vacation to visit our unique place. Yes, we have looked at the good things done in Disneyland and have adopted some of their ways of handling large groups of visitors. But rest assured, the things you saw... More 

Edmonton, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

My husband and I went to the Polynesian Cultural Center, hoping to revive memories of the many Polynesian places we have travelled, and learn about the others. We were really disappointed. Not only is the entrance fee steep, but it is a very whitewashed history- a sort of "look at the silly natives with stick huts and grass skirts" that... More 

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pophi, Manager at Polynesian Cultural Center, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We thank you for choosing the Polynesian Cultural Center as one of your stops on your vacation. We regret that your visit did not meet your expectations nor did it meet our high standards. The PCC was established as a place where students attending BYUH can help demonstrate the art and cultures of Polynesia while earning money to... More 

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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

The culture centre is a must see, especially if you want to learn more about the islands that make up polynesia (i.e. Samoa, Fiji, Hawaii, Tonga, etc..). There is an amazing show at night (Ha), which is usually included in the package The standard lua did not meet expectations. Food was okay but there wasn't a lot of choice. For... More 

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Johns Creek, Georgia, United States
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

Although I pretty much had to drag my teenage kids here, they left saying "that was amazing". Our family defiantly understands more about the Polynesian cultures and were entertained immensely by their beautiful dance skills, costumes and various customs. We arrived at 2 pm just in time for the canoe parade and then caught the village presentations. The Luau was... More 

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Corona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Pretty much says it all. Read a lot of reviews before plunking down the cash for the Ambassador package. They seem to have this place down to a science to make money. When we were picked up at our hotel it was explained early on that this place supported and helps pay for students to attend BYU Hawaii. That was... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Wear sunscreen. Plan on taking the shuttle from your hotel so you can enjoy the scenery. Tour guides tried to entertain us on the long ride by giving us information about the island.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012 via mobile

We purchased a tour from the Expedia desk at our hotel. All was included and it was a very good experience. Guide, exibits, activities, history, food and the evening. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested by cultures and history.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

A great experience. Try to get a Center bus to take you out. It is an experience in itself. We took the tour, but in hindsight I think you see more without it. The Luau is good, but not great. The show is fantastic. We'll definitely go again!

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Denver, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

This was an overpriced show of the same exact dance. The center was made to employ the students from BYU only. The food was not great and the promise of the night show with an amazing dinner was also not good. The show was ok at night but keep the money and go surfing.

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pophi, Guest Relations Manager at Polynesian Cultural Center, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center. We regret your visit did not live up to your expectations nor our high standards. We strive for each guest to have a unique cultural experience while at the PCC. Although the main goal of the PCC is to give opportunity for the students at BYUH to earn money, we... More 

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

I had been looking forward to visiting the PCC for months and was hoping my kids would like it as much as I would. They loved all the fun mini shows each village put on as well as trying their hand at spear throwing, making fire, and even fishing. Their favorite however was being able to get a coconut to... More 

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