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“A must go place when you go to oahu,hawaii”

Polynesian Cultural Center
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Polynesian Cultural Center Luau
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do 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 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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Beaumont, California
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“A must go place when you go to oahu,hawaii”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

Great experience, especially for the kid. Learn the other culture and see all the performance plus make sure to buy the ticket that included dinner and stay for the night show. I guarantee that you and your family will like it.

Visited March 2014
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“Come get a taste of Polynesia!”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

So you've come to Hawaii and have been wondering why everyone isn't walking around in grass skirts and you haven't seen any grass huts from the freeway. Sure you notice that everywhere you go, people are saying "Aloha" and "Mahalo" and throwing up the "chaka" or "hang loose" hand signal. Well, if you're looking for some education on Hawaiian culture, short of going to a Luau or a visit to the Bishop museum, then get yourself a ticket to the Polynesian Cultural Center.

It's kind of like making a visit to Williamsburg/Jamestown settlements in Virginia. It's a place for you to see and feel some history and culture. If you're into that kind of thing.

Hawaii and the Polynesian islands have a rich and deeply spiritual history and culture. The things that are emphasized here are mainly song, dance, costumes and old way of life. It's meant to be entertaining and fun, not a lecture hall.

So, kind of like Disneyland, the different Polynesian islands are sectioned off in their own little villages. You are given a map and a show schedule, so you can customize your itinerary. You can wander around the park freely taking in the sights, sounds and shopping. And you can go into each village and watch and participate in their shows. For example Samoa, has their own songs and dances, and they also show you how to climb a coconut tree, crack a coconut open without the use of an ax, and demonstrate how they cook pig and potatoes in the ground. My favorite is Aotearoa (New Zealand). When you walk into their village, they have these "warrior-like" games that you can play. At their show, they have these songs sung with great harmony.

This place is great for kids, or the kid in you. In the afternoon they have this "canoe pageant" where all the villages have dancers come out on flat-beds boats in the middle of the compound (on the river) singing and dancing to the beats of their culture. It's a parade and it's fun!

Grinds (eats). You have the option of going to a Polynesian style buffet or American style buffet. Should you opt to do the Luau at night, you'll be seated at a table with people you don't know and watch opening ceremonies where they bring out the roasted pig and then put on another dance show. You'll most likely experience eating Poi. The purple past-like substance made from taro root -that is a staple of Hawaiian culinary culture.

Note: Oahu is very Asian, where most places you go to eat are a mix of different Asian foods combined into "mixed plates". Hawaiian food itself is very distinct, and you don't really get it on the mainland or out and about in Hawaii. You usually have to seek out places that serve "authentic" Hawaiian food. Or you find a couple of Hawaiian dishes on menus mixed with the other Asian food. so normally when you attend one of these luaus, they try to put mostly Hawaiian food on the menu so that you can experience it.

I also recommend seeing the song and dance production of Ha: Breath of life. Normally at night. If you are short on island time though, I would say, pick either a day at the PCC or go see Ha: Breath of life, so that you can still get all your other sight seeing in.

If you are not familiar with Hawaii or Polynesia, I highly recommend a trip here. Don't just spend all your time in Waikiki shopping. Also go see Bishop museum and Iolani palace if you really want to get a sense of the history of Hawaii and it's people...and Polynesians.

Visited March 2014
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Munich, Germany
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“Culture tour for small kids”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

The depth of this exhibition is less than shallow. Nice for kindergarden excursions, but really ridiculous for adults. White people jumping around with straw dresses trying to look authentic. Not worth the entry at all

Visited February 2014
3 Thank Karsten R
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Kansas City, Kansas
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“Educational and fun!”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

This full day adventure went by quickly. The grounds are beautiful and instead of the dinner packages they offer, we just ate at the snack bar before the Breath of Life show. Great adventure for kids and adults alike. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. We used the PCC transportation. Do not be afraid. It is so organized and after the show they get you to the buses and out of there quickly. It is very well done. We did upgrade our tickets so we could choose our seats in the middel section.
Some people had tour guides within the park, but they were always on a time line. We liked taking our time and doing the things we wanted to do instead. I highly reccomend this outing.

Visited March 2014
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“Worth a visit!”
Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

My family purchased the full day Ali luau pkg with veltra. We had a car so we drove there ourselves. I highly recommend this. We chose to drive west in the early morning, stop at the Dole plantation, take in the north shore, stop for lunch at Fumi's shrimp stand before heading on to the PCC. We loved exploring the centre on out own and not in a guided tour. I highly recommend the Samoan presentation. The guy was hilarious! We also loved the Hawaiian explorer show. The tram tour is only a visit to the mormon temple so unless that is what you'd like to see, perhaps skip that option. You do not see much else except for driving by the front of Brigham university. It was myself and two teenage sons and we felt we had just enough time to see everything before our 5 o clock seating or the luau. The boys found it interesting and educational and while I don't think they found it enthralling, they enjoyed it! They did really enjoy the luau supper..one son loved the purple taro buns. The buffet has Kailua pig, grilled fish, steak and chicken. It was above normal buffet quality but underneath gourmet. We also had tickets for the Ha show. It is very professional and well done but we had been kind of "hula-d out" and were tired so we left at half time. It is definitely worth a visit. Not sure I would need to see it twice.

Visited March 2014
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