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“The highlight of our trip”

Polynesian Cultural Center
Ranked #4 of 18 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 14 October 2018

We spent three days here (noon to 6 or 8), and loved it. There was so much to see and do. We had the Ambassador Luau package, and it was great to have a guide to tell us about the different villages, etc. Our guide, Edward, was very entertaining and informative. He made the whole day very enjoyable. He even remembered us when we saw him two days later! The village demonstrations and activities were great, and the new canoe pageant was outstanding. The luau was nice, and the Breath of Life show was outstanding. Dole Whips and pineapple smoothies were delicious. The marketplace was interesting, and the ukulele experience was very interesting. We took the tram tour to the Laie Temple and BYU-H, and learned a lot of history about the area.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

We spent the day at the PCC- it was my second time here and my husbands first- it was a beautiful display of cultural activities. We did the Buffet and the Ha Breath of Life show. My only complaint was the seats in the theatre were soooo uncomfortable lol but hey, thats the way it goes! Kap is by far a staple of the PCC and what a wonderful experience!!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 13 October 2018

If you're visiting Hawaii for the first time, you'll probably want to do a Luau. Our family has done about 10 different Luau's on most of the islands. They are all mostly the same. They take you on a trip of Polynesia which encompasses all of the major island cultures within Polynesia. I would recommend skipping a luau and head to the PCC. The PCC does exactly everything a luau does, only a thousand times better with one caveat...no alcohol.

We did the Ambassadors tour and felt it was worth every penny. Reading other reviews, it seems that for some reason there is no wind flow going through the PCC. Which means you are going to be hot and exhausted like we were when you go. Having a tour guide made the day really simple and kept the exhaustion down. Yes, you probably don't need it if you do your research and understand how to visit each of the islands, but it was really nice to not have to plan anything and just be shown around. They made sure we saw as many shows as possible and had some time for the best activities at each nation.

Our favorite show was probably Aotearoa (New Zealand). But followed closely by Fiji. Every show was authentic, educational and entertaining. Most of them have audience participation which only made them better.

A lot of people like the Samoa show but we felt the guy (actually the guy in the main picture of the PCC in tripadvisor above) took things a bit far. He tended to make fun of Asian cultures, almost to the point of racism. He also came across as a little creepy to my wife, especially with how proud of their looks the guys were . However, most people seemed to giggle at his jokes. It just got old to us.

If you do go, do NOT skip the buffet and show. The buffet is your standard Luau food.
It's probably a 5 out of 10 as far as Luau food goes and the BIGGEST downside to the entire place is that there is no alcohol. Luaus are substantially better after several mai tais and pina coladas. But the seating, service and overall quality is good enough that it should not be skipped. The little show that goes along with dinner is more than entertaining, but not so involved that you can't talk with people at your table.

But the best part, hands down, about visiting the PCC is the evening show (Ha, Breath of Life). Any luau you go to will have a very entertaining show. No show will compare to what Ha, Breath of Life can accomplish. First of all, the seating is stadium seating so there are no bad seats at all. If you're farther back, you won't be able to see facial expressions, but it's really not necessary to enjoy the show. Having been to several Broadway, San Francisco and Las Vegas shows, I would rate the show comparable to a Las Vegas style show as far as production level goes. It's really first class and the best show in all of the Hawaiian islands. If you only do 1 thing at the PCC, it should be to see the show!

Tip - the village in front of the PCC has Dole Whips if you're a Disneyphile!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center and even more so pay the extra money for the super ambassador luau package, it was worth every penny!!! Our private guide was Elizabeth from Tonga, we just loved her, she was sweet, funny and so knowledgeable about each island village. One of the demonstrations that we went to in Tonga was almost cancelled because of an uncontrolled situation but instead of leaving as others were in attendance as well she stepped in and gave the demonstration without hesitation!!! We were all so impressed!!! All of the villages were amazing and we learned so much!!! The whole experience was amazing!!! Thank you for such a great day/evening!!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BeeNh
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Reviewed 13 October 2018

We did the Ambassador Luau Package which worked well for us, we were picked up at our hotel on time at 10.30 had an informative drive to the centre and dropped back at 22.15.
Once at the centre we were split into small groups and allocated a guide (Will) a very pleasant, entertaining and fun young lady who accompanied us and guided us all day through the villages (we got see three out of the six villages and all the major sights and shows throughout the day.
At 18.00 Will dropped us off for our buffet meal and show at the LU'AH which was followed by the 1.5hour "HA - Breath Of Life show" in the open air theatre - Absolutely Unbelievable Show - Do Not Miss!!

Date of experience: September 2018
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