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Friday, March 1, 2019

Laie (Oahu), Hawaii: Polynesian Cultural Center - Great Experience, Even Greater Prices

Polynesian Cultural Center
55-370 Kamehameha Highway
Laie, HI 96762
Phone number (808) 293-3333
Prices: $$$$

Phenomenal experience, even more phenomenal prices. The cheapest package, including park entry, dinner, and the big show is $90 per person with some packages exceeding $250 per person. Being a military retiree, we got a pretty good deal through ITT (MWR/Tickets and Tours), so I cannot complain too much. We had the self guided tour of the park and its Polynesian Villages, a 6:30pm luau dinner, and the big show at 7:30pm, all for just $71.50 each.
The villages are interesting, but they focus too much on music and dance shows instead of observing daily life in the islands as I had expected. You have to schedule your day fairly rigorously if you hope to get as much in as possible between opening at 11:45am and the luau at 6:30pm. We did not see everything, but you can return to the villages for FREE within 3 days of first entry.

The luau had your basic luau fare - roast pig, chicken, teriyaki beef, raw fish, rice, poi, salads, etc. - with free soft drinks and dessert along with hula, fire dancing, and Polynesian music and singing. The food was unspectacular and I was sick to my stomach for the nest day and a half, but I cannot attribute that to the luau food for sure. The luau show was adequate, but not much different than the big show immediately following.

The big show was well done, following the story of a man from birth through his own son's young adulthood. More music, dancing and singing ensued with fire dancing and twirling, etc., etc. It lasted about an hour and 15 minutes.
In all, it was a nice day, but I am not sure that it was worth $143 for the two of us much less $500+. This place is raking in the bucks, but it all supports a good cause, the nearby Mormon university as the place is run 100% by the Mormon Church.
I base my score on the overall value of the experience as compared to the prices they charge. Everything in Hawaii is ridiculously expensive and luaus alone go for $65 per person and up, so we definitely got a good deal. However, I am basing my score on the average that the general public pays which is probably closer to $125+ a pop, making it NOT a great TravelValue in my eyes. Therefore, ...

CombatCritic Gives The Polynesian Cultural Center 5 Bombs Out Of 10 ... More Bombs Are Better!

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