One of Hawaii's top visitor attractions, this tropical 42-acre site showcases seven Polynesian regions: Fiji, Hawai'i, the ... More
Polynesian Cultural Center
One of Hawaii's top visitor attractions, this tropical 42-acre site showcases seven Polynesian regions: Fiji, Hawai'i, the Marquesas, New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga. Visitors enjoy frequent crafts demonstrations, musical performances, games and more. The famous Canoe Pageant reenacts the myths and legends of Polynesia through song and dance, all atop floating canoes. A spectacular show, Horizons, is presented nightly. There's also an IMAX theater. Entertainment packages start at USD54 for adults, USD37 for children ages 5-11. Shuttle bus transportation from Waikiki hotels is available for an extra charge.
We booked the Oahu Circle Island Tour & Prime Dining experience. The tour was more of a rush at every stop, giving the bus driver enough time for a quick cigarette and then load up again and head for the next cigarette break for him. Breaks were small and you didn't get to see much on the stops. The stop at the Dole plantation was more of a stop at the Dole plantation giftshop than getting to see anything of what's left of the plantations.
Getting to the actual Polynesian Cultural Center itself, we relized how cheesy the tour was going to be after entering, we were greeted with a LEI GREETING (the used fake leis and not real flowers), had our snapshot taken with performers from the show and then have the LEI taken away so they could place them on the next group of tourist coming in. Really, a $180 package per person for the tour and you can't even give out a real lei that would cost $5 at the most with them buying them in bulk? From this point on, the tour seemed too much like an assembly line.
After visiting six of the seven villages, they wrapped up the Center's tour by telling us to follow the signs to the dining experience we had chosen and that afterwards we could walk back to the theater for the show or take the canoe ride to it that would drop us off right at the entrance of the theater. I guess that I wasn't the only one disappointed by the experience when I overheard a older lady from the group ask, "How much are you going to charge for that?".
The "HA" breath of life show, storyline was good, but it felt more like a Las Vegas review show than a Hawaiian experience.
If the wife and I was to return to the Polynesian Cultural Center, we would skip the Island tour, bring our own leis and also wait to book from our hotel, as we seen the Polynesian Center tour, dinner and show for $60 a person instead of the $180 each that we paid.
I loved it! Had the Ambassador Package with the luau - my first one. The luau pig was delicious. Loved the Canoe Pageant, as well as the informative & entertaining nature of the presentations. The tour guide on the drive to the center was very good, too. Awesome staff.
Clean, friendly, informative and fun this is a must for people wanting to experience polynesia. It is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of honolulu. My personal favorite by far is the nightshow. You can feel the energy in the air as these kids dance the traditional dances of their cultures. The PCC is a romantic getaway of sorts exporting you to an entirely different era of polynesian history. We will always make it a stop any and every time we visit Hawaii. The only thing I would recommend is that you bring an umbrella with you. A majority of the village shows are outside and when it's sunny a little shade will definitely help. Additionally, you never know when it's going to rain in Hawaii.
This is a must see & do at least once. We spent the entire day from open to close and still didn't get to see or do everything. If you have time you can have your ticket stamped and return for free within 3 days. This makes it a better value. The Canoe Pagent was wonderful. Great way to see a representation of the pacific islands. Be prepared to pay high prices for food and drinks. The Luau was the perfect way to end the day.
admired the cultural pride of the 7 polynesian subcultures: fiji, samons, etc; night show performers, canoe ride, canoe pagent, fresh flower lei, fire knife dancer etc.; felt true and genuine welcome of the native hawaiians.
the sheraton princess kalulani (hotel waikiki
was splendid (quality service was 1st class!
only draw back--8 hr flight from ohare plus one and a half hours from bwi......
Have been to Kailua 3 out of last 4 years to visit my sister-in-law. Every year we make a trip to the North Shore to the Cultural Center. My wife and I have always enjoyed the sites there. You learn something new each visit. We have enjoyed the expierence each and every time from start to finish. Worth the time and money. A must see item on your vacation list.
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