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“Night show a must see very expensive day”

Polynesian Cultural Center
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Ranked #5 of 15 things to do in Laie
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Polynesian Cultural Center is one of the most visited destinations in Hawaii! Our beautiful 42-acre park, which sits on the North Shore 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 Fire-Knife 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 28, 2009

We did the Ambassador package for the entire day. Picked up at another hotel @ 10:30 am in the morning. Bus trip is about an hour to get there. Very expensive package for a couple. This day cost us over $400.00. The package is very expensive. Once we arrived at the center you are escorted to eat lunch that of course if not included in the cost of the package. So we had to stand in line and obtain lunch tickets that cost $30.00. Food was not very good. Once you get through the line the buffet closes immediately so you cannot go back and get seconds. Very hot and humid throughout the entire day. Cost $5.00 for an ice cream treat they taunt you with throughout the day, as well with Ice snow cones $4.50,
bottle water: $3.50. I felt taken advantage of when you have already paid so much just to come to the center. Interesting during the day but could do without this part. The night show is the part not to miss this was absolutely fantastic. The fire show with the meaning of life is like a broadway production. Staff are extremely friendly and accomadating. I felt trapped into having to constantly keep spending more money to keep cool since it is so hot and humid you have no choice but to purchase their drinks etc which are very expensive. They also, like to take your picture in a couple of different places throughout the day to charge you $28.00 for one 8 x 10 when you go to leave that evening. When you are paying so much to attend an event the drinks etc should be included. Good job with evening show it was amazing!

Thank Deb B
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Reviewed August 28, 2009

We spent the whole day at the Polynesian Cultural Centre and have to say that it was a bit tacky. Already the day is quite an expensive day and I understand it is customary to tip in Hawaii. But it gets drummed into you throughout the day of why you should tip as it goes towards schooling etc. I understand this but when we pay some pretty big money already to see the centre and the shows we had to put up with some speeches about why we should tip and at the end of it all it felt like whatever you did tip was not going to ever be enough.

The show at the end of the night was great, but it didn't need people going up and down the aisles throughout selling popcorn.

Also our tour guide was a really great guy, but unfortunatly some of the information he was giving about a specific nation was inaccurate. I am from one of the Islands he was referring to and I knew he was in-correct.

Don't get me wrong, the Polynesian Cultural Centre has been around for many years and will no doubt go on for many years, but I think the main focus there is to get your money as apposed to showing you a truly outstanding day.

1  Thank gdub500
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Reviewed August 26, 2009

The Polynesian Cultural Center is a 'must see/visit' while on the island of Oahu! You may drive to the PCC or take a tour bus from your hotel in Waikiki. I'm a transplant from Hawaii currently living in NYC. Whenever I visit Oahu, the PCC is on my list of places to visit. PCC brings Polynesia together in one spot. You'll be entertained from the moment you arrive. Be sure to bring your camera for the photo opportunities are limitless. Be sure to stay for the luau and show! The staff are true ambassadors of Polynesia and at the PCC the Spirit of Aloha is alive and well!!!

Also, be sure to bring along sun screen, it gets pretty warm out there!

Aloha from the Big Apple!!

Thank Gericho
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Reviewed August 24, 2009

We were picked up from our hotel at about 145 pm. We still had a short stop at a Macadamia Nut farm along the way. So we reached the PCC at almost 3 pm already. There was not really enough time to see all seven of the cultural island showcases there. Our tour guide recommends the Tonga and the Samoa show above the others.

However, our first priority was to watch the IMax movie which was about Coral Reefs. It was a beautifully shot film, and should be required viewing for everyone in the Pacific Rim in order to get them to love and protect the reefs. We had to catch the 4pm showing, because the 5pm showing was in Japanese.

My wife and I then quickly walked to the Hawaii part of the park to catch the boat ride back. The hula dancer they had along the way was beautiful as she was graceful in her dancing. We also got to see an overview of the parts of the park we could not see anymore. This boat passed under the same curved coconut tree arch under which Elvis Presley's boat passed in "Blue Hawaii".

We then caught the tail end of the Samoa show, which featured the guy working a coconut from husking to milking. Then, there was a coconut tree climbing demo. We also got to hear them sing the Samoan national anthem with their flag retreat ceremony.

The package we got gave us a buffet dinner at the Gateway Restaurant. It had Kalua pig, but that is about as Luau as it got. We did not get to witness any luau ceremonies.

But the main highlight of the whole time there at PCC was the fantastic summarization of all the cultures promoted here into one great show called "Ha" which means "Breath of Life." The dancing and singing in this show were energetic and heartfelt. You can feel the passion of the performers from the attractive leads to the chorus. Those dances that dealt with fire were amazing!

1  Thank DMHYF
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Reviewed August 21, 2009

I was wondering why many people pays that much money for this kind of place....actually I did not know this place was run by Mormons and the payment (almost $100) was to support of the mormons activity at BY University....Dancers and performers are students of BYU. Of course they do not serve any alcohol (i.e.beer, wine) at dinner, because they expect all customers are mormons. Yes, that may be true.

5  Thank hi0422
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