Visitors to Hawaii wanting to learn more about the history of the Polynesian people, flock to the Polynesian Cultural Center. First opened to the public in 1963, the center offers its guests the opportunity to discover the nations and tribes of the South Pacific.
Located in Laie on the north shore of Oahu, the Polynesian Cultural Center sits on 42 acres of land developed to include streams, a lagoon, waterfalls, and flora. It’s divided in to 7 unique villages representing Samoa, Aotearoa, Fiji, Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas and Tonga. Each village invites guests to immerse themselves in the customs, games and activities of their native ancestors.
A big draw for Hawaii vacationers, a trip to the Polynesian Cultural Center can last a few hours or turn in to an all day excursion with a luau and theatrical show to wrap up your evening. Visitors can travel to each of the villages by boat to mingle with the natives. Guests will learn the art of fire starting, attempt to climb coconut trees, learn the origins of Maori tattoos, the history of the Hula (complete with lessons), participate in warrior training and watch lei making demonstrations to name just a few of the activities.
With traditional song, dance and music, the Ali’i Luau at the center is considered the best luau in Hawaii and has won the prestigious Kahili award for the preservation of the Hawaiian spirit. Guests rave about the evening show “Ha – Breath of Life” which is a classic tale of love, family, culture and tradition complete with epic fire dancing!
Similar to a museum yet much more fun, the Polynesian Cultural Center is a family-friendly way to interactively experience authentic Polynesian culture. The center is located at 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, Hawaii. To learn more about the Polynesian Cultural Center, visit their website at: http://www.polynesia.com
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