For more than 50 years, The Polynesian Cultural Center located on the north shore of O’ahu has been giving visitors an experience unlike any other found in Hawaii. Visitors are immersed in the lifestyles, habitats, entertainment and other cultural aspects of seven Pacific cultures. No wonder that Polynesian Cultural Center has been named “Hawaii’s” favorite visitor attraction by People’s Choice Awards.
Seeing everything in one day is a really difficult task so my suggestion would be to check out the website and carefully organize the time you will spend so that you get to see the villages that interest you most, learn the schedule of the events held in those villages and between those scheduled events visit some of the other villages. No matter where you are at 2:30pm you will want to make your way to the center’s lagoon to watch the Canoe Pageant – Hawaii’s only water-borne show
See “The Wonders of Hawaii” and get immersed in a big-screen tribute to the hidden splendors of Hawaii (free with admission to the center). Enjoy Village Canoe Tours, Fun Cultural Demonstrations in each village, natives demonstrate crafts and skills like creating clothing from bark, dance, making baskets from leaves, making fire by rubbing sticks (yes it can be done). Visitors learn about descriptions of cooking methods, transoceanic travel, and how the preservation of traditions and history without a written language was accomplished.
Visit the villages celebrating the Islands of Tonga,Fiji, Tahiti, Samoa, Aotearoa(New Zealand), Marquesas and the Hawaiian Islands.
Complete your day at Polynesian Cultural Center by enjoying the Ali’i Luau followed by Ha – Breath of Life – a story of passion ignited by fire, song and dance.
Don’t forget to go by one of the souvenir or native handicraft shops.
Located : Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, Hi 96762
** Photos courtesy of Polynesian Cultural Center