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Polynesian Cultural Center
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Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Laie
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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 August 20, 2013

I loved everything. Visiting the Polynesian Cultural Centre is a must. It is both fun and educational. The tour guide was quite knowledgeable and was able to adequately and accurately advise on the different cultures. All of the shows were fantastic and the food was great.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

When we first heard that the Centre was run by the Mormon's we were sceptical and nearly didn't go - now we are glad we did, even thought the 1.5 hour bus trip took us 2.5 hours to get there and almost the same time to return, making it a very long day. Not the drivers fault - a marathon run on the same stretch of road caused massive delays.
If you go to the Cultural Centre don't be fooled in to thinking you need a guide. They will tell you that without them you will so miss so much, if you don't pay the $25.00 per person guides fee, but that is rubbish. It is not that big a place and the free maps and program times are accurate. We refused to pay the guides fee and still saw and did everything we wanted in the time allowed.
Don't miss the barge parade at 2.30pm but be prepared to get there around 2.00. Find a seat in the shade and stay put - it fills up fast.
Overall a great day with a special mention for the Fiji and Samoa shows. They were funny, informative and really enjoyable.
I can't comment on the evening show and luau as we didn't stay for those, choosing instead to return on the earlier bus. Nonetheless a good day for us and we would probably go again if we were ever to return back this way.

1  Thank Laurie C
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

If you want to come for a luau go somewhere else, first off its ran by Mormons so you can't drink second off is the food is nasty it's like cafeteria food!! So unimpressed so expensive we also paid for the guided tour and spent all day there , what a waste of a day the guides name was Tina she was rude and would rush us everywhere we went leaving people behind she even left while someone was in the bathroom we told her that someone was in the bathroom she was oh well she will catch up sooner or later we said um no we are not going anywhere without the whole group! The shows where pretty good but half of them we where to far away from them to see even though we paid extra to be closer, she didnt even take us to the Hawaiian area but instead took us somewhere where we had to wait for 30 mins for a canoe since they wouldn't take anyone till the Hawaii show was done, the canoe was so hot it burnt me so wear thick clothes, they had hand crafted gift area and she wouldn't let us look she said we didn't have time but when we where done with the tour we had almost an hour till dinner where we had nothing to do and she just took off guessing she wanted an hour break since they don't get paid, even though during each show she gets a break! We didn't even stay for the fire show because we where upset we couldn't sit next to each other on our honeymoon and was kinda the last straw plus we where hungry and the food was unedibly gross!

15  Thank Lindsey H
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

It was very neat learning about the different islands and watching the shows. The luau in the evening was a lot of fun! The food was great and so was the atmosphere! We each received a fresh lei and it smelled amazing! The Breath of Life show after the luau was fantastic! Make sure to spend the day here, there is so much to do and see!

2  Thank Rachel G
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Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Being an Asian myself living in one of the tropical countries in Pacific Islands, I got curious of the evening show at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii. After a few on-line readings about it, I booked my husband and myself for an afternoon tour with a cultural "Ha: Breath of Life" evening show plus a dinner at the Ali'i Luau. The package was a good and practical choice for us as we were able to appreciate and got what we desired for in the 8hrs including travel time to and from Oahu. To start with, the afternoon Polynesian tour opened my eyes to the many other similarities as well as differences of our Filipino culture from that of our Polynesian neighbors. It rekindled a lot of childhood memories when I used to play similar board and stone games which we naturally call with different names. The hula show also made me enjoy a few dance steps with the performers. The dinner buffet was served on time after a short dinner show. The dishes as expected were familiar to us but happy to note the different ways they were
cooked and presented. I especially got additonal servings of their poi (liquified taro) together with the roasted pig just to appreciate these. We then proceeded to another area for the highlight of the evening: Ha Breath of Life. I like the fire dance and the whole
concept. In sum, the whole
cultural experience was worthwhile. It was an
addition to my craving for more cultural learnings.

2  Thank Kittyaquino
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