Polynesian Cultural Center

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Hills on the way to the PCC

I booked this tour before I arrived as I wanted to make sure that I utilized my time well so as not to miss out because tours are full.  I picked up my ticket at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel Tour desk but learned that I had to walk over to the back side of the Hyatt Regency Hotel (across from Kings Village) to catch the tour bus.  There were many people there and many tour buses and I was not sure how I would know which one of the tour buses I am supposed to get on.  After checking with several of the bus drivers, I finally found the bus that I am supposed to be on.  It was a beautiful hour's ride through the country side to get to the Polynesian Cultural Center which was located on the north side of the island.

  Our tour guide was funny and kept us entertained all the way.  Once we arrived at the Polynesian Cultural Center, our tour guide told us that for an additional $25 he would be our personal tour guide to show us around the PCC and that that price included a buffet lunch in the center.  Sounded like a good deal to me so we all signed on.  I had paid $110 for the day's tour to the PCC and that included the traditional LUAU and light show.  After a sumptuous buffet lunch, we visited several of the polynesian villages (Figi, Tonga, Samoa, Tahiti, New Zealand and Hawaii).  In each village visited, there was always a group of natives who explained the culture through lecture/dance/music/demonstration.  I especially enjoyed the guy from the village of SAMOA.
Welcome greetings to the PCC with a fresh orchid lay.
  He was a very masculine looking guy with an amazing soft voice.  He showed us how to husk a dry cocunut, break it, grate it and extract the milk using one single traditional piece of metal.  It was interesting to hear that the SAMOA men do all the cooking in the home (maybe I can import one of these!).  He also showed us how to make a fire by rubbing two sticks together.

Later that afternoon, each polynesian village put on a dance show on a barge that sailed through the village river.  After this show, we went to the main dining area to enjoy our LUAU.  There we saw how the pig was roasted Hawaiian style (covered in a pit).  We were entertained with traditional polynesian music and dancing.  After dinner, we ventured over to their Pacific Theatre where they did an amazing performance and light show called "Ha" meaning "Breath of Life".  By then, it was 9:30 PM and time to head to our tour bus for our trip back to our hotel.  You can also purchase tickets directly from the PCC at www.polynesia.com.  The PCC is huge...allow one full day to see everything and take in the IMAX theatre as well.

gingerbatik says:
great blog
Posted on: Mar 13, 2010
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Hills on the way to the PCC
Hills on the way to the PCC
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Welcome greetings to the PCC with…
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