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“The best value for true polynesian culture and a great luau”

Polynesian Cultural Center
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Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Laie
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Fee: Yes
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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Bend, Oregon
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“The best value for true polynesian culture and a great luau”
Reviewed December 4, 2009

Just the final show for the night ("Ha") was worth the admission price. We chose the "Ambassador" package and it was perfect for us. Get there early and spend the whole day with the included guided tour of the various cultural centers. The dinner buffet (luau) is great and the first poi I ever tasted that I liked! Cousin Eddy (the entertainment MC and performer) was fantastic for the dinner show. The final show rivals anything on the island. We didn't make it to the IMAX (included in the admission) and couldn't come back for the "Free in 3" (free re-entrance in the next 3 days) because we were off the Big Island, but we'll be back. Well worth the drive to Laie.

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A Dissapointment”
Reviewed December 4, 2009

This was our second visit to PCC, the first being 32 years ago. This visit was much less enjoyable. We paid for an Ambassador Package and felt it was not worth the extra money. First, we had to wait for them to start the canoe parade while they hawked ice cream for $5 a cup before they began the show. Then the sky opened up and it poured and we got soaked. We ran for cover and missed most of the canoe parade. When the rain stopped and we stepped back to watch the end of the parade, our guide brought us rain ponchos. Nice timing. We were already soaked. We did not have enough time to see all the villages (but were assured we could use our tickets for the next 2 days). Yeah right, we're going to pay AGAIN for the round shuttle out to the PCC from Waikiki -- NOT. The Prime Rib Dinner we chose was just okay. The show was a real disappointment, kinda boring; except for the Fire Knife Dancers, who were really GREAT. The show we saw 32 years ago was so much more entertaining.

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Mountain View, California
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Would not recommend this”
Reviewed December 4, 2009

This place is about an hour away from Waikiki and hubby and I wanted to experience the much talked about Culture Center. It was a disappointment at the least. There was barely anything excited either the hubby or me, and we tried to make the most of being there. The cultural presentations were more like a show with a huge audience and everyday activities peppered with humor, and minimal personal touch. The activities were a disappointment, nothing that we hadn't done before, or would drive one hour to do again. Maybe its just us, we have seen these kinda things (and better) before. The food was quite terrible for vegetarians - very limited choice, and not great taste. The one thing that *was* good was the movie that showed - about scuba diving and need to protect reefs all over the world - truly fascinating I tell you. Also, they did have a fire dance at the end - which was decent - but nothing spectacular. I've seen these kind of fire dancers do even more dangerous stunts in the past. Anyways, there were some good things but I wouldn't recommend anyone here.

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Hamilton, Ontario
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“Polynesian Cultural Center is a must see attraction.”
Reviewed November 23, 2009

My wife & I, (retired, early sixties,Canadians) visited Hawaii for the first time in October 2009. We thoroughly enjoyed our day at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The various cultural theme attractions were very good & some of the presentations were side splitting hilarious. Kudos to the young performers. We had purchased the Ali'i luau dinner package (about $88 US each) which included an all day pass (gates open at noon) a luau that started around 5:30 p.m. followed by Ha Breath Of Life evening show. The luau was good, well organized & done self serve buffet style with a reasonable variety of choices. The Breath of Life show was also enjoyable.

We were staying in Waikiki & had a car rental so we drove ourselves to the Polynesian Cultural Center. Even though the Center opened at noon we started out early (about 8:00 a.m.) & took Hwy 72 past Diamond Head & Koko Head, following the coast (spectacular scenery, various scenic lookouts, beaches). Taking our time getting to the Cultural Center & enjoying the sights made for an enjoyable morning.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“good experience”
Reviewed November 10, 2009

For a taste of all the polynesian islands while in Hawaii...this is a good learning expereince. Fun, colourful, good food and entertainment.

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