Polynesian Cultural Centre, Honolulu
This was my favorite part of the trip and the Horizons Play at the end was the highlight.
It's a 12 hour tour and you can choose between guided and non-guided tours. We got the Ambassador Luau Package and it included a guided tour, the luau and preferred seating and dessert during the play. The center includes 7 villages comprising the Polynesian countries and the tour included hula dancing lessons, learning how to make cultural baskets, playing cultural instruments etc. You might enjoy the closer seats in the Horizons play because the show was quite amazing ...I think the Tahitian dancers were the best and the flame throwing was very impressive.
I have read mixed reviews on whether the P.C.C. is a tourist trap or a must see activity. We went. Basically, visiting the P.C.C. is an all day thing. You first go and visit some of the seven pavillions, learn about the peoples that originated Hawaii (people from Tongo, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, etc.). There are shows at various times at the pavillions. Don't miss the Samoan - he had us in stiches with his presentation.
The entrance includes a meal - either an American buffet, or a Polynesian luau. The evening ends with a grand show featuring dancing etc. from all seven regions, and cumulating in a fire-swallowing dance. We enjoyed the day.
As the P.C.C. is on the other side of the island from Honolulu, tickets are available that include bus transportation to and from Honolulu. In 2003, one adult ticket ranges from $70 to $190 depending on what meal, etc. you choose.
You can see and experience the various cultures that make up the Polynesian Islands: Tonga, Samoa, Hawaii, Marquesas, Tahiti, New Zealand, and Figi Stay for the various shows throughout the day and the main show at night. The luau dinner is pretty good as well. Definately one of the highlights of my trip.
Cultural Centre.That's great, you can't really afford to miss it!
This is a huge open space with kind of reconstructions of islands such Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga,
Hawaii, and othjer islands and every part has its typical dancers with dancing
shows....very interesting :-) There is also a night show: very spectacular and charming. The pic is taken from one of these shows.
There are 7 different 'Islands' you can visit, each showing a different culture, dancing, games, etc of that island. After that you can eat at the buffet or hit the Luau, followed by the main attraction at night, a 1.5 hr performance featuring fire dancers, hula dancers and more. A must see.
I recommend the Polynesian Cultural Center which is about 3 hours bus riding from Waikiki. Tou may think that it is boring. if so, you are totally wrong! It is a very fun and interesting place to be. They have alot of scheduled shows everyday and i have to tell you that those shows rock! The people in the shows are people from different polynesion groups and they are quite good entertainers. I could not stop laughing.
It's fun and friendly.
Polynesian Cultural Center
Like a Hawaiian Epcot Center, Polynesian Cultural Center, highlights the culturals of the seven pacific islands. This 42 acre lagoon park has redreated villages representing Fiji, New Zealand, Marquesas, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga and Hawaii. We enjoyed this day and learning about the different Polynesian Cultures. If you are traveling to Hawaii with children this is a great place to explore Hawaii.
This was surely a tourist trap. However, it was definitely worth it because the entertainers were wonderful people.