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los angeles, California
July 16, 2005
From journal A Week in Kailua, Oahu
Victoria, British Columbia
February 16, 2006
From journal Oahu on a True Budget
September 1, 2009
From journal Oahu - Enjoying Our Return
May 4, 2007
From journal A Haole Hanging in Oahu...With Locals
East Berlin, Pennsylvania
April 27, 2006
From journal Hawaii Vacation - Next Stop - Busy Oahu
January 21, 2005
The center is on the east coast of Oahu near the North Shore. The center was opened in the 1960s by the Mormon Church when it built its BYU campus on Oahu. The idea was to build a major tourist attraction to promote Polynesia and with the profits give young islanders the chance to come and work here and study at BYU and take their education and the Mormon faith back to their islands.
It is great for kids, as it does give a great hands-on expierence to the different cultures that make up Polynesian. Each island has a village area that explores the housing, foods, and customs of the island group. There is Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand.
We had gotten the Super Ambassador package, which came with a private guide and tour. Our guide was from Bolivia and was outstanding. We felt sorry for her when we learned about the long hours she was asked to work for no pay, other than her scholarship to BYU. She was not even allowed to keep tips but had to turn them back over to the church. She was smart and had a grace about her. Her insight and knowledge of the islands were amazing and fun. She taught the kids the basic greetings, and we had reserved seats for all the demostrations. I felt the upgraded ticket was worth the extra cost, as it gave the kids a lot of extra insight and knowledge.
The villages do a good basic overview of each culture. It is not in-depth, and certain areas, like native relgious beliefs, are glossed over or presented as primative and barbaric. There is no mention as to how missonaries almost destroyed the culture in most of these islands. The dress for the woman is also toned down and more modest than what is worn by women in the real islands. The same standard does not apply to the men! Also, don't expect to find a cocktail or a cup of coffee anywhere at the PCC.
The village tours are great. The dinner (see separate review) and the evening show are not worth the price or the time. My suggestion is to do the tour and leave at dinner time.
From journal Mele Kalikimaka from Honolulu
by Maui Jon
Farmington Hills, Michigan
October 14, 2000
If you're going to Maui too, there's LOTS of very helpful information at this website:
From journal Honolulu: Hawaii's big city
August 21, 2006
From journal Hawaiian Interlude in Honolulu
March 10, 2005
We did the Alii Luau package, which seemed like the best deal for us, but you can check out the website to choose the package that suits your needs. With that package, you get admission to the park, the all-you-can-eat buffet, and the show. Also, you get to wander around the villages at your own pace, which we prefer to a guided tour. The villages are like huts representing each of the Polynesian islands, with people in dress performing an activity related to that island. For example, the Samoa one was to learn how to make fire by literally rubbing two sticks together, how to easily crack open a coconut, the difference between coconut juice and "milk," and how the men do all the major cooking. The young men will also show their strength and agility by climbing 40-foot coconut trees.
From journal Oahu Mahalo Nui Loa