The Polynesian Cultural Center started as a project that strived to preserve the culture of Polynesia and through which the students at the Brigham Youth University that are situated in Hawaii could get jobs to pay for their studies. The cultural center, formally owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is actually built on the university’s land and to reflect its close ties with the Brigham Youth University, around 70% of the 1300 employees are students. Furthermore, the center provides various scholarships at BYU.
Mostly,it is a tourist attraction for those of you who are interested in exploring old cultures of the world; the center is packed with events that strive to picture the life, habits and hobbies of the Polynesians. If you want to have a real time fun in your vacation or you look forward to being part of an adventurous and party-like tour then probably this is not a destination for you,you may find it absolutely boring, as many tourists who went there with party expectations felt about it. But if you are looking for a relaxing day, in which people put on a show for you, mixed with a little bit of history, then maybe the Polynesian Cultural Center is your best option while visiting Hawaii. Also, it is more of a tourist centre than a museum, so watch out for that.
Before taking the one day long tour, of course you have to go to Oahu. This is one hour drive from Honolulu and may be a turn-off for some of you. However, some people complain about the parking being expensive ($8) at PCC. After that, you basically should visit several villages; these are Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, Fiji, Hawaii, Marquesas, and Aotearoa. In these villages, you can take part in different activities including tree climbing, canoe racing, Samoan cooking and spear throwing, which can be a lot of fun. It mostly depends on the people you will do these activities with, but the staff is generally friendly and will help to create a feel-good atmosphere. You can choose to hire a guide or tour; it is free. Of course if you have problems in communicating with the staff you will probably have to go with the guide option. Whatever you choose, you should probably make it to the evening show, the Hā–Breath of Life.
As far as pricing is concerned, the PCC tour is widely seen as expensive, especially if you buy one of their special packages. Not only that, but the food is also expensive for a buffet like meal, as well as all their trinkets. So be sure to check out their website and other tourists’ reviews before you go there. You may decide that the tour is not worth your money.
In conclusion, a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center may be a good idea, especially if you have kids, they will enjoy it the most. It should definitely cross your mind if you ever find your way to Hawaii!