One of the most memorable days of our vacation was the day of our visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie. It’s the #1 paid attraction in Hawaii and I can understand why. It’s a must if you are planning a visit to Oahu. The Polynesian Cultural Center or PCC is a living museum or a cultural theme park that showcases seven island nations of the South Pacific.
Our visit was an all-day experience. We left mid-morning for a fun filled day. The PCC is about an hour drive from Waikiki and it’s a beautiful scenic route along Kamehameha Hwy.
There are many packages to choose for your experience. We chose the Ambassador Package which included admission to the center and all of its experiences plus their nightly Luau. We were all greeted with a lei as we entered the park- which the kids loved. The first thing our daughter spotted was a canoe ride. As you can imagine, that’s the first thing we did. It’s a little guided tour down the middle of the center and everyone got a kick out of it. Once we finished with our boat ride we started our visit of the 7 villages. The Polynesian Cultural Center features the people and islands of Hawaii, Samoa, Aotearoa (Maori New Zealand), Fiji, the Marquesas, Tahiti, and Tonga. We made our way through most of the villages. They have overall presentations which we all loved. They usually included their native dances which were just fabulous to watch. Our daughter and son were mesmerized. Each village has family activities which your kids can take part of. We tried a couple . Our daughter Lauren, who is two, loved participating in the basket and craft building in the Tongan village. We also stopped to take in the Long Canoe Pageant . Don’t miss this, it only takes place once at 2:30pm. The show has beautiful dances performed on the canoes from each of the seven island nations. We continued touring the different villages and chatting with the students from BYU Hawaii that staff the center. Once we finished touring, we lined up for our luau. We were met with a fresh flower lei and traditional Luau. The food was fantastic – it was a buffet and they had a children’s section with jello and chicken fingers which was a hit with both of our kids.
We then headed to the last part of our day at the PCC- The Horizons show. I can’t rave enough about what an amazing show this was. It featured each of the island nation’s native dances and even some fire-dancing. I could rave on and on about our day. It was a day that will be engraved in our mind. Just writing about it makes me want to jump on a plane to relive this day, even though it was a long day. You will not be disappointed!!
Polynesian Cultural Center
55-370 Kamehameha Hwy, Laie