on February 23, 2009
I grew up in Hawaii, and every time a visitor came to town, we took them to the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) - on of the few "we have visitor" activities I loved to do. Set up as a walk through Polynesian villages and staffed by people native to each specific culture, it is the most culturally relevant attraction I've ever been to. When I started going, you dressed to get dirty because the trail was a dirt path that wended its way through the villages. Through the years, the site has been upgraded with sidewalks and the villages with grass, so no more dusty return home.What hasn't changed? 1) The fun! Each village is interactive, and you are encouraged to touch, talk, taste and play2) The warm welcome! Everyone I've ever interacted with at PCC has been engaging, friendly and helpful. Even in Hawaii, known for the warm Aloha spirit, they stand out.3) The talent! Since PCC employs Polynesian students from BYU, they are able to create an authentic experience and perfomances. You may be tempted to go for a basic ticket, but if you can manage it, definitely upgrade. The boat tour with guide is an easy and informative way to see the whole village before walking through on your own. The Luau is not to be missed and is an amazing value for the price. The food is ono (delicious) and plentiful. And for Polynesian dancing, to my mind, this is the best, most authentic show anywhere. One caveat, PCC and all of Laie is "dry," so you'll be drinking soft drinks rather than mai tais.I may sound like their marketing agent, but really, I just think this is one of the best ways to spend a day in Hawaii and have for over 30 years. I no longer live in Hawaii, but try to get to PCC whenever I go home.
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