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Polynesian Cultural Center

55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Honolulu, HI 96762
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  • Polynesian Cultural Center
    Kahea K
    5 May 08, 2013

    The best Luau and polynesian experience in Hawaii! Only 3 miles from our home. Take a day to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center!

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    Catharine Corder
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    3 Apr 27, 2013

    It was okay--something we'd do again with kids, but it wasn't for us not having kids at the time of the trip. The "authentic" luaus are a little cheesy. The fire dances were cool.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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    Ngoc Hanh Pham
    5 Apr 23, 2013

    This was truly an amazing experience. I really enjoyed my day at the Polynesian Cultural Center. There were so many activities to partake in. One of my favorite activities was taking Tahitian dancing lessons. Although I wasn't good at it, I still had a lot of fun! I had a really great time learning so much about different Polynesian cultures because I never would've learned about them if I hadn't gone here. The variety of shows were really great, too. I also met a lot of friendly people :)

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    Gem M
    5 Apr 21, 2013

    At Polynesian Cultural Center, you'll immerse yourself in various cultures through exhibits, activities, shows and more.

    An entertaining and educational experience for the entire family.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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    Lizzie Camfield
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    3 Mar 23, 2013

    It's alright. I would recommend going at least once. But realize that the Polynesian Cultural Center's idea of Polynesian culture isn't exactly unaffected by the Westernization of the islands. Check out some residential areas and meet some local natives if you really want to get a taste of Polynesian culture. They'll have a lot more to offer.

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    Joyce Cheng
    5 Mar 13, 2013

    I really enjoyed my time here. The staff were nice and they were entertaining. Mostly we learned a lot about the culture, so it was fun.

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    Aprile Rueppel Mazey
    5 Oct 18, 2012

    I never got to go when I was growing up in Hawaii so when I went back as an adult I had to visit. I know that a lot of the students from UH work here and perform. You learn a lot about the different cultures, notice what is different and the same. It is mainly for entertainment but do try and get involved in the hands on learning activities as they are very fun. The luau is a must see but not very authentic. Dress for warm weather since you will be doing a lot of walking.

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    Carl Tyndall
    4 Sep 28, 2012

    The boat pageant is so cool. The show ha was great. The fire twirling finale is out of this world. Really authentic. Found out that the mormons built it and that there is a byu campus in hawaii.

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    EPLT72
    5 Sep 08, 2012

    A must-see. Spent a great day here and the evening show is excellent too. Interesting, fun performances and friendly staffs.

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    Dancing Direwolf
    3 Aug 24, 2012

    I really loved the show, "Ha", and the day experience had it's highlights, but it's really not necessary to do the day experience, Luau, and show. It makes for a VERY long day. Having been to an authentic Luau years ago, I was sorely dissapointed in the watered-down version of it. And of course since it's almost completely funded & run by the Mormons, don't expect the traditional Mai Tai, or any alcohol for that matter. It felt more like a day at Disney Land than a cultural immersion with overpriced drinks, snacks, and souviners around every corner. Personally, I'd reccomend finding a traditional Luau, which is really the authentic experience.

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    Jakes Last Stand
    5 Aug 10, 2012

    Worth every penny I spent there! The people who work there are the students at the center. The money collected goes toward scholarships for the students. The culture and demonstrations are amazing. They send you home with an education and gifts and to top it off the show at night rivals Vegas shows I have seen. Wonderful place with the friendliest staff. Must do in Oahu !!!

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    Sarah Harris
    4 Aug 10, 2012

    Pretty cool place to spend the day/afternoon. It can get kind of crowded and seem DisneyWorld'ish but it's definitely worth checking out especially if you're interested in Polynesian culture. Get there early in order to avoid the crowds/heat and to see everything.

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    Daisy N
    4 Jul 24, 2012

    I like this place! Went here twice now, probably not too interesting for little kids but as you get older. They have villages set up for a mini cultural experience. They have shows throughout but one of the best things are the side performances just a few guys sitting around singing.

    Great for first timers to the island. Enjoy!

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    Kathleen Yip
    5 Jul 18, 2012

    It is a great way to see all of the different Polynesian cultures. It isn't touristy. It's quite fun!

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    Wayde's World Hawaii
    4 Jul 06, 2012

    There are more things to see here then I can mention and there are plenty of reviews for you to look over where everyone says the same things...So...I'm not going to do that.

    If you are going here, you're going here...You already made up your mind.

    But if you want one word of advice, and it's something no one is mentioning in their reviews...

    GO SEE THE EVENING SHOW "HA, BREATH OF LIFE"

    It's a seriously GREAT SHOW and I am surprised how everyone has just avoided talking about this in their reviews...it's the best thing about this place!

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    Rob Fong
    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Not too much different from how I remembered it 20 years ago - which is part of the problem. The IMAX facility was also under renovation when I was there (late June 2012). With so many advances in technology, they need to beef up their exhibits Big Time. I am not talking about anything commercial or cheesy but something of substance - interactive video boards for example. The days of glass and paper should be long gone!

    I realize most of the employees are students earning part of their tuition and most were very helpful but a few seemed completely apathetic. Overall, it was a bit disappointing. Lots of room for improvement!

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    Pamela Dillard
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Had a great time watching the dancing and even doing the dance how they shake them hips is beyond me and best of all the women lined up and all the men kissed you on the check thats what I'm talking about lol.... good time

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    Lilyann Kono
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Love how you travel along and visit each country and see how their culture has influenced Hawaii

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    Gregg Jenkinson
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) has eight villages to walk through that allow you to experience the culture and history of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga and the Marquesas Islands. The evening fire dance dinner show is a must. I would say that the PCC is the most important spot to see in Hawaii.

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    Amanda Jenkins
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    i went here for my birthday and it was really fun. the food was great, and the people were nice.

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4.5 out of 5
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4,198 people visited Polynesian Cultural Center

Description

As far as attractions go, I'll label the Polynesian Cultural Center as a live action museum. The expansive forty-two acre facility is home to a vast array of Polynesian artifacts and recreations, in addition to performers who bring to life the most important aspects of this far reaching Pacific culture. The seven sacred villages each represent a Polynesian island chain. Fiji, Hawai'i, Marquesas, ... read more
New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga are all represented, each with their unique culture shining through. You'll learn fishing techniques one place, watch canoe dancers in another, and enjoy a all you can eat luau buffet in yet another area. For families,this is easily the top attraction on Oahu, and for everyone else it should be on your vacation radar.

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