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“Some parts great, other parts only okay”

Polynesian Cultural Center
Ranked #5 of 16 things to do in Laie
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Polynesian Cultural Center, voted the #1 attraction in Hawaii by USA Today, is located along the famous North Shore of Oahu. Explore 42 acres of tropical splendor featuring 6 authentic villages representing the island cultures of Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tahiti, and Tonga. Mingle with Pacific islanders as they share the majesty of their culture through music, dance and traditional hands-on activities. Our most popular dining option is the award-winning Ali’i Luau. This royal feast blends a delicious array of island and mainland dishes with the excitement of authentic island entertainment from across Polynesia. Finish your adventure though the power of “Ha: Breath of Life,” an action-packed evening show. Ignited by fire, song and dance featuring over 100 Polynesian performers, this story of passion will make this day a truly unforgettable experience. The Polynesian Cultural Center: all of Polynesia in one exciting place.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed September 24, 2017

We did a day package that included the different island attractions during the day, plus the luau and evening show.

The island attractions during the day were interesting, but pretty focused on tourists and crowd participation. It's less of a museum and more of mini-shows that start every half an hour. Families would have probably had more fun with this part than a younger couple.

The luau was good, but no adult drinks because the whole thing is run by the Mormons.

The evening show was very good and of very high quality. This is what made the whole day worth it. It is possible to just go to the luau and/or show, which may be a good option for those not interested in the daytime activities.

1  Thank David M
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Reviewed September 23, 2017

the bus ride was very interesting with in a minute of picking up last guest on bus we got pulled over for speeding . my wife reserved 2 wheel chairs as parents can not walk that far , so they also had electric carts for 40.00 and we and 3 other couples where told when returned we would get back 20.00 . so when we returned them the guy from center was gone and know one at center said they never heard of that , funny how 3 couples heard the same thing driver said he would get to the bottom of this but haven't heard as of yet . primerib was ok and show was good

1  Thank Jeffrey Q
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Reviewed September 23, 2017

I loved all the different activities and people and food! This is a MUST DO for anyone travelling to Hawaii!

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Reviewed September 23, 2017 via mobile

We pre booked our visit to the PCC through our hotel but because we had been to a luau the night before we chose the general admission and returning at 6.30pm package.

The bus takes about 1.5hrs to get there and this didn't start well with the bus being late. By the time we got underway we were 30 mins. late.

Just before we arrived at the Centre, everyone was encouraged to upgrade there package to "Ambassador " level but as we were leaving at 6.30, we weren't interested. Instead of giving us our ticket so we could go, we had to wait while all the others paid the extra money and had their luau tickets upgraded etc.

A guide around the village might be informative but with the help of the map and show times, we had no trouble seeing most of them including the canoe parade and the film about Hawaii.

The shows that each of the island nations put on were good but we found there was a bit of repetition. The highlight was the canoe parade but get there early for a shady spot.

We had more than enough time to explore the Centre and the shops. If we didn't have to wait for the bus we would have left by 5.00pm. Don't know how anyone can go there for 3 days?

Recommend a day visit.

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Reviewed September 23, 2017

This pricey, tourist trap provided friendly service from its mostly Mormon employees, skits which were high school quality, terrible luau food (eat before you go level), and many offers to visit the Latter Day Saints temple, which is about a mile away. I strongly suggest dodging this place. Hawaii has so many better activities.

Cons:
* At about $100 per person, extremely pricey for what you get.

* Terrible luau food (even for luau food this was bad) – soggy chicken, bland pork, cold sandy clams, sub-par warm poke, deserts that looked good, but tasted bad.

* At times it felt like a Mormon retreat (friendly Mormon workers, many offers to view their close by Mormon site, etc.)

* The shows were mostly high school, one or two skits reaching college theater quality

Pros:
* Two good activities for kids: Ukulele lessons and Polynesian pole catching

* Two cute activities: First, a skit done by the artist and Samoan village announcer named Kap. He was was funny. Second a good I-max video on Hawaii in an air conditioned theater. It gets hot when there is no breeze.

4  Thank Bill_123
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