Plans to go to the Hawaiian island of O’ahu in the future? Then you must add the Polynesian Cultural Center to your Hawaiian vacation destinations. The Polynesian Cultural Center does not disappoint, as it has it ALL. Do you want to learn ALL about the different Pacific Island Cultures? Polynesian Cultural Center or “PCC” will give you an intense immersion experience, as you learn about and visit 7 island villages, including: Aotearoa, Fiji, Hawaii, Josepa, Samoa, Tahiti, and Tonga.
Do you want a luau? You can enjoy a fabulous, premiere luau experience, well known as Hawaii’s most authentic Luau, or visit many of the unique food kiosks throughout PCC.
Shopping on your list for Hawaiian gifts? Visit the PCC Hukilau Marketplace and you’re sure to find exactly what you want. Do you want a Broadway style music and dance show? Attend PCC’s “Ha – Breath of Life”, and journey through a young man’s experience as he visits many island cultures and learns the ways of his fathers and finds his place in the world.
Not only will you enjoy an amazing Polynesian Cultural experience when you visit PCC, but you’ll be helping advance the education of many students from across the Pacific Islands who attend BYU-Hawai, and pay for their education by working at PCC, sharing their rich heritage. We were enchanted and amazed at their friendliness, openness and shear joy of cultural celebration. Each experience of our day was top notch, and memorable. Our greatest disappointment is that we didn’t allow enough time to visit each village and experience each island presentation.
We thoroughly enjoyed the music, dancing and stick tossing from Aotearoa. So entertaining! I got a Maori to blow on a conch shell for us. He was a sight to behold!
We also liked the Canoe Tour, which transported us to several of the villages. Our guide referred to us as “family” throughout our canoe ride. You can visit the Hawaiian Settlement and learn about the early Christian missionaries in Polynesia and look at handmade crafts and even have a ukulele lesson.
I found the PCC Mission Statement on their website and they definately met all their criteria.
The Mission Statement of the Polynesian Cultural Center:
The Polynesian Cultural Center is a unique treasure created to share with the world the cultures, diversity and spirit of the nations of Polynesia. In accomplishing this we will:
Preserve and portray the cultures, arts and crafts of Polynesia.
Contribute to the educational development and growth of all people at Brigham Young University-Hawai’i and the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Demonstrate and radiate a spirit of love and service which will contribute to the betterment,uplifting and blessing of all who visit this special place.
My Keiki (children) enjoyed the whole experience, and wished they could have spent more time exploring. They were entralled at the Luau, as our host was a class act, and kept the Luau experience moving along at an enjoyable and entertaining pace. The food was fabulous and all the kids tried a variety of cultural dishes. The Luau begins with a fresh lei for everyone, of course.