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Old September 26th, 2006, 02:16 AM
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I posted this on the Ports of Call board, but thought I might get some answer here as well.

Has anyone been to the Polynesian Cultural Center and is it worth the money. Also if so which package did you choose?

On their web site it states that they open at 12:30 pm, but doesn't say how long all the visit is, I'm sure it must be a long day if you pick a package that includes the show at night.


One more question is it best to go ahead and book on the web or wait til you get there can you get a better deal?


Just any information will be helpful.

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Old September 26th, 2006, 04:02 AM
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I posted this on the Ports of Call board, but thought I might get some answer here as well.

Has anyone been to the Polynesian Cultural Center and is it worth the money. Also if so which package did you choose?

On their web site it states that they open at 12:30 pm, but doesn't say how long all the visit is, I'm sure it must be a long day if you pick a package that includes the show at night.


One more question is it best to go ahead and book on the web or wait til you get there can you get a better deal?


Just any information will be helpful.

Thanks,
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We did the big package at the Center in 2003 and it was a blast and worth the price as well. If you do the full deal you are there until past 10pm as I recall. Good fun and good food, I think they even fed us twice!
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Has anyone been to the Polynesian Cultural Center and is it worth the money. Also if so which package did you choose?

Marcy,

Ask me at the end of January as we will go there when we cruise in January. My roommate (I am in the Army stationed in Kuwait currently) just came back in August and he went to the PCC while there, along with another luau or two. He and his wife both said it was one of the best things they did on Oahu, right behind the Arizona. Two make it more impressive, he used to be stationed in Hawaii so he knew the Island rather well. They were on a land vacation on Oahu for 2 weeks.

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Rich from Kentucky,
Thank you for all you're doing for us here in the states and be safe. Rich I am from Tennessee, between Chattanooga and Nashville.

AZ Roy, On the big package it says Guided Tour how did that go. Did you all go with the guide or on your own.

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I'm sailing (POH) October 30- November 6, and plan to go on the BEST OF OAHU GRAND FINALE TOUR, which is for flights after 9:30 PM. I have tried to get information about the POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER segment (first stop is PEARL HARBOR) for two months! Everything I have read makes it sound VERY INTERESTING: canoes, different villages, singing, dancing, demonstrations, IMAX, food... I read somewhere there was an "after 4" admission price which is lower, but you will miss seeing alot if you come that late; it's probably good for people who have been there before.
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We have been many times (former residents and now frequent visitors to Hawaii), but not through NCL. The web site for the pcc is http://polynesianculturalcenter.com/

We usually do not do the luau (makes the day too long with little kids), but still have fun!
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Old September 26th, 2006, 11:33 AM
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The Polynesian Cultural Center is well worth it - whatever way you go. I wouldn't bother with a tour guide - it's all pretty much self-guided/self explanatory with the shows in the different villages, etc. Most of the performers are native students from various Polynesian cultures studying at the BYU Hawaii Campus. You'll love it!
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We did this a few years ago. It is really a full day and well worth it to stay for the evening show. It is laid out by different Polynesian countires and each has it own shows. We didn't do the laua, but just had the regular dinner buffet beofre the show. The evening show and the canoe pagent were the highlights for us.
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My husband and I did the PCC years ago and were extremely dissapointed. I know that I am in the minority here, but you couldn't pay me to go back. We thought that it was a waste of our time and money. I don't know if we just had heard too much about it and had unreasonable expectations, but the day was a diaster.

This was scheduled for our last day in Hawaii. We thought that it would be a great way to end a great vacation.

The day that we were there many of the areas were of limits to us or had way too many people because of the other areas being off limits. Some VIP from one of the cultures was visiting and apparently PCC was gving him and his group the royal treatment. We only saw on or two of the areas. Then, the areas we did get to see were poorly staff with very little demos going on. Everybody on staff was too busy trying to see this VIP or wanted to talk about it instead of what they were suppose to be discussing .

My husband is 1/2 Tahitian and one of the purposes of the visit was to learn more about his culture. So we made a beeline to vist the Tahitian village. While it was open, and there was one staff member there, there was nothing going one. It was pitiful. The staff memeber liiterally said "Well normally there is someone over there doing ___________, and there is usually someone over here doing ______________", etc. I guess we were suppose to imagine it all.

So we walked over to another area. There was no one there, it was totally abandoned. Then we decided to try the boat ride that would take us around to one of ther other lands. We were not permited on it because it was being used exclusively for the VIP. A few minutes later we saw others on it so we rushed back. Once again we were denied.

We would have left, but transporation was part of our deal, so we were stuck there unitl 10 PM or whenever they closed. I wanted to cry. So we just sat down and talked by one of the lands for an hour or so until it we were able to eat at the dinner buffet. The food was okay, but I am not sure if it was really just okay, or it was our preception after our lousy day. We did see the floor show, but I was too cranky to really want to enjoy it and just want to go back to the hotel.


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The country exhibits at the PCC are awesome, although I found some of the shows very cheesy. Especially the big parade on the lagoon in the afternoon reminded me a lot of Disney World. Nonetheless, I would highly recommend a visit.

We rented a car in Honolulu instead of taking a tour, and drove up to the PCC ourselves. We didn't stay for the luau, but chose to do some more driving and sightseeing (north coast, Dole pineapple plantation) instead.
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We had 3 couples last year. We went just after lunch. Saw many pavalions and shows, including the canoe show in the middle of the afternoon. We went there with a mind to learn and enjoy the different culture, the singing and dance. It was really really good. Wished we had more time.

We did the package including the luau and the night show. The luau show was good. Food was not bad, but not great. But the atmosphere was good. You get a flower lei at the entrance. Because we lined up early, we were able to get a seat at the front and right by the stage to see the shows. They don't serve alcohol, so that may disappoint some people. I like wine with my dinner, but it was no problem because we were in paradise, immersed in an incredible cultural experience.

The night Horizon show is a must. It was so good I during the break I went out to buy a DVD and book describing the performance. After the show we were tired, and as the driver it was even more tiring for me, having to drive 1.5-2 hr back to Waikiki.

If you get the Entertainment book, you can use the coupon to get discount (I forgot, but was worth the money of the book) for the ticket.
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You All have been so helpful and I thank each and everyone of you for taking the time to post.
The information has made up our minds.

Just a couple more question in case someone looks at this post.
Are there places to set at each village with some shade and if you get a coupon book can you order on line and get the discount?

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You All have been so helpful and I thank each and everyone of you for taking the time to post.
The information has made up our minds.

Just a couple more question in case someone looks at this post.
Are there places to set at each village with some shade and if you get a coupon book can you order on line and get the discount?

Thanks,
Marcy
All of the villages had shade and places to sit. I used the same coupon from the Entertainment Book, and I called them directly to buy our tickets. Hopefully you decided to go with the guided tour? I've taken the guided tour both times I've been, and I've heard from others who haven't had a guide that you don't have the opportunity to see as much, as the guides know how to maximize your time there.

Also remember that the Polynesian Cultural Center is owned by the Mormon Church and they do not serve alcohol or caffeinated drinks at the dining areas unless you ask for it. Have fun! And if you remember or have the opportunity, try the pineapple deelight!

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I feel so blessed to get all this good information.
Just wondering about these coupon books you all keep talking about, where do you get these and are they just for Oahu attractions or to they have special or deal on the other Islands we will port at as well.

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the guides know how to maximize your time there.

The guide did everything from hold an umbrella over us when a little rain started, to going and collecting crab legs off the buffet for us to augment our sit-down dinner. The special seating, boat ride and backstage tour really made it a special day. We were always led to each village a few minutes before its show and seated in the front row on blanketed benches. We thought we were mighty special that day.
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I think the website is www.entertainment.com
You can get them for a whole bunch of cities.
For Hawaii, there is just one book.
Some of the coupons you can use anywhere in the states.

I have ripped mine all apart to save space in the backpack....
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I just went to PCC, this August. My grand-children voted this event their favorite. We got the $80 package. The Entertainment Book has a $40 coupon. They will credit the money back to the credit card you used to book the event. The luau and food were just OK. What crab legs?!? Maybe the more expensive tour W/guide has a better luau. I think Deb in Cali was there on the wrong day. We had fun at every village. Especially Samoa & Tahiti. The Horizons show was not as good as I remember it. However, it was still fantastic! You can hold your tickets and go back again within 3 days. We rented a car and stayed from 12-9pm. It was about an hour drive.
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My husband and I did the PCC years ago and were extremely dissapointed. I know that I am in the minority here, but you couldn't pay me to go back. We thought that it was a waste of our time and money. I don't know if we just had heard too much about it and had unreasonable expectations, but the day was a diaster.

This was scheduled for our last day in Hawaii. We thought that it would be a great way to end a great vacation.

The day that we were there many of the areas were of limits to us or had way too many people because of the other areas being off limits. Some VIP from one of the cultures was visiting and apparently PCC was gving him and his group the royal treatment. We only saw on or two of the areas. Then, the areas we did get to see were poorly staff with very little demos going on. Everybody on staff was too busy trying to see this VIP or wanted to talk about it instead of what they were suppose to be discussing .

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What a shame! Did you complain to management either then or later? I can understand a VIP can be disruptive, but you are paying guests, and it appears that hundreds of people did not get the experience they paid for because of the VIP.
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While we had a less than perfect visit to PCC, I still rate it as an awesome experience. We had problems with our bus not having air conditioning - so everyone was ticked by the time we got there. DH was ready to go back, he was so ticked. I talked him into staying. Our guide was not that great and we missed many villages. I will use that as an excuse to go back on our own. I am sure a tour guide can be great... unfortunately ours was new, didn't get us to the shows on time and we spent alot of time waiting for the group to regather after each stop. I did write to PCC about this after our return, but did not get a response. We would go back again - but on our own, with no tour guide. On the other hand, friends of ours were there the same day and had a great tour guide.

I personally REALLY enjoyed the parade & the show - to the point where I now take Polynesian Dance class and just danced in my first show a few weeks ago.
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Is the PCC staffed by young people on "missions for the church" meaning they work for room and board?

Are there areas of the center that are for mormons only and are closed off to the general public like they have in their temples/churches?

Is the center exempt from paying taxes since it is run/owned by a church?

The history of Hawaii and the meddling in the culture by various churches is very heartbreaking. Although, the PCC seems to be trying to preserve the cleaned up version of the early polynesian culture. (I'm assuming it doesn't show the devastation brought on when white men discovered it and how missionairies became rich by enslaving the locals)
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