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August 24, 2012
From journal The Hunt for Pineapple Syrup
September 1, 2009
From journal Oahu - Enjoying Our Return
May 4, 2007
From journal A Haole Hanging in Oahu...With Locals
August 21, 2006
From journal Hawaiian Interlude in Honolulu
East Berlin, Pennsylvania
April 27, 2006
From journal Hawaii Vacation - Next Stop - Busy Oahu
Kansas City, Missouri
July 27, 2003
We booked the bus tour from the Waikiki area. Our tour guide, Uncle Walter (in Oahu, we are all cousins and the guides are uncles), filled us in on a lot of sites along the way that we later drove to ourselves. The bus takes you along the interior of the island past the places that parts of Jurassic Park, Windtalkers, George of the Jungle, Pearl Harbor, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Gilligan's Island and Fantasy Island were filmed. We learned about the various flora, the legends connected with the land forms, how Oahu has the purest water in the world that is catched from the 200 inches of rainfall a year in a pool under the volcanic mountains.
The Center is divided into three major areas: the Polynesian Villages, the visitor-shopping area, the luau-night show areas. The villages include Tonga, Fiji, Tahiti, Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Marquesas, Hawai'i. Each has its own special show, demonstrations, and participatory activities. Our guide had worked in all areas of the Center for several years and steered us from one place to another so we could have seating in the shade and not duplicate things we might be seeing later in the various big shows that night. We got to ride the long canoe through the lagoon and viewed the 2:30pm Canoe Pageant in a prime location. The Pageant featured two long canoes connected with a platform which served as a stage for the various dance demonstrations by each Village. Uncle Benny from the Hawai'i Village sang as each boat load of dancers performed.
Most of the young performers and guides are students at the nearby Brigham Young University, who started the center 40 years ago. They work a maximum of 18 hours a week to earn scholarships to attend the school. They are from each of the islands and work in the villages they are most related to. They are very eager to share their culture and island stories so don't hesitate to visit with them in order to learn more.In addition to the various Village shows you may participate in Village activities.
We went to the Ali'i Luau which was in a terraced area with food buffet at the top and stage at the bottom. Everyone received an orchid lei. There was constant entertainment from the stage backed by a waterfall and volcanic rock cliffs. The menu was traditional and included several Hawaiian specialties.
Finally we attended the Horizons night show. There were 100 performers with a story and presentation for each island culture. The final fire dancer was amazing!
Save your ticket and check before you leave about return visits within three days for free.
From journal Oahu 25th Anniversary Trip
Salt Lake City, Utah
May 14, 2007
From journal Oahu for Two
Conway, South Carolina
November 14, 2006
From journal Hawaii Dream Vacation
Richmond Hill, Ontario
March 22, 2003
Visiting the center was a whole day excursion. It is open from noon to 9pm. There were 7 villages to visit. Each village had a daily scheduled show, spread throughout the afternoon. There was a spectacle "Canoe Pageant" in the midday. The Ali'i Luau dinner was at 5:30pm, then we attended the Horizons show at 7pm.
The coach pick-up location was right in front of our hotel. There was a driver and a guide. The trip to the center from Waikiki took about 45 mintues.
Our guide, David, introduced us Hawaiian cultures and pointed us to some scenic sights along the road to the center. He made lot of jokes and even showed us some Hula dances. Most of the passengers including us gave him $10/person for him to guide us to visit the center. We strongly recommended you to do that
instead of taking the more expensive package which including guiding tour.
Having David being our guide was worth it as we were ensured to visit the most interesting places and yet were on time to other shows. This was a big center with lot of things to see. It was impossible to see everything thing in one day. The ticket was also good for next 3 consecutive days, so one could come back to explore what they have missed.
Each village had its unique show ranging from native songs, dances to villager daily activities. The best two shows were in Samoa and Tahiti villages. The Canoe Pageant was an entertaining performance, where villagers dressed in their native attires and performed dance on a canoe through the waterway in the park center.
The Ali'i Luau dinner was held in an outdoor Polynesian-style hut. All guests were greeted and presented a beautiful flower lei on their way in. Before the dinner began we saw a roast pig being lifted off from the underground overfilled with steaming rocks. Music, dances, and Hawaiian shows were performed through out the dinner. The dinner was a buffet serving authentic Hawaiian food.
The drama of the day had to be the night show, Horizons. We had a great seat about 10 rows from the stage and right in the middle of the theatre. All performers were dressed in their native attire to perform the Polynesian tradition, culture, and spirit through their wonderful music and dances. There were also awesome fire walkers.
To get more information about the Polynesian Culture Center you may want to check out its website at
From journal Oahu - First stop in our 2 weeks Hawaii vacation