It’s been over two years since I’ve been to the Polynesian cultural Center. The visit reminded me of some things I’d like to share, including some tips about visiting this attraction.

One of the first things I noticed is that they charge six dollars for parking if you’re driving there yourself. The timing is also critical. If you get there after 1:30 PM ( like we did duh!!) you won’t be able to see a presentation until 3:00 PM because the boat parade starts at 2 p.m.. You may want to bring your own water and snacks because it can be quite costly. A 12 oz bottle of water was $2.60. a small bag of peanuts was 3.10 cents.

There are many different ways to enjoy this experience and it all depends on your personal preference. If you’re the kind of person that really enjoys learning about different cultures and their customs, it’s wonderful. If that describes you, I would recommend spending a full day at the center. That means you should arrive right at 12:30 and take in as many of the cultural presentations as possible as they only happen on the half- hour. It’s a good idea to arrive at a village before the presentation starts and experience some of the educational activities that are available. For example, pick the cultural presentation your interested in at the various villages, get there 15 or 20 minutes early and participate in demonstrations. You may want to consider the VIP Ambassador tour if you want your day at the park completely organized and structured. You can also add dinner or Luau and a show which is included in their various packages if you want to go “all out.”

The Polynesian Cultural Center is not for everyone. If you’re the kind of folks that don’t necessarily need or want to learn about different cultures you can just buy a day pass and spend a couple of hours there. I would focus on the cultural presentations starting with Samoa at 12:30, Hawaii at 1 p.m., and then Tonga at 130. If you didn’t have enough by them you could just stay for the boat parade. If you just did that, you would see a representation of every culture at the Polynesian cultural Center. It’s a nice drive to the North Shore and you can combine it with a stop in Haleiwa or one of the North Shore beaches.

If you’d like more information about the PCC just give me a call at 1-800-843-8771 ext. 22 and I can hook you up and help you figure out what your plan should be for this activity. It could be that the PCC is not for you at all and that OK!!

Just say Aloha Bruce, and I know exactly what ya mean

General admission: 50.00
Admission & dinner (w/trans) 150.00
Admission & Ali’I Luau 115.00


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