Your adventure begins with a beautiful scenic drive to the windward coast and the Polynesian Cultural Center. Here you will experience the culture of all of the islands of Polynesia in one place, interacting with the people of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand, Tahiti, the Marquesas and Tonga. Don’t miss the beautiful Rainbows of Paradise—a show featuring the songs of Polynesia performed on long canoes as they traverse the waterway. Visit the villages of Polynesia. Next, a dinner-show feast fit for an ali’i (royal chief) will top the evening off before the final show. Dinner will be a buffet of favorites including a taste of Hawaiian dishes. While dining in the open-air restaurant enjoy a hula show as well as some traditional Hawaiian music. Enjoy a lei greeting and the Imu Ceremony. In the amphitheatre the spectacular HA Breath of Life Show showcases all seven Polynesian cultures, costumes and native dances. A cast of more than 100 young Polynesians will enchant you with their enthusiasm, grace, endurance and beauty.Notes:This is a self-guided tour through the Polynesian Cultural Center. Comfortable walking shoes are a necessity. Be sure to have lunch on the ship before the tour commences. There are plenty of opportunities to purchase a snack during the afternoon. Dinner is included. Bring a sweater or jacket. Lockers are available at your own expense. Tour does not operate on Sundays.
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Review 1 for An Evening at the Polynesian Cultural Center
We very much enjoyed this. Was a little disappointed in the dinner as I was expecting something totally different, but the food was very good. It was more than made up for in the Breath of Life Show. This show was excellent! The cast was amazing and we had excellent seating in the fourth row. Worth seeing and our tour driver was very knowledgeable and on top of every detail.
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Review 2 for An Evening at the Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center is like a theme park without the rides -- a bland, Disney-fied taste of Polynesian culture, or more accurately, Polynesian dancing. The spectacle is presented as a kind of travelling show that begins with a floating parade of dancers from various islands, then continues with smaller shows at areas devoted to each island, with starting times staggered so the next island's show begins shortly after the current island's show ends. For the most part, the shows seemed aimed more at entertainment than education. We heard the same tired jokes at several shows. The Maori and Tahitian shows had a little more substance than the others and held my interest longer.
Our admission included a luau, which was reasonably good, and given that we were eating with 1500 other people (so I was told), quite well organized.
After the luau we went to a show called "Ha -- the Breath of Live." The show told the story (mainly through dance) of a Polynesian man from birth to the birth of his son, and owed a lot to The Lion King. The problem is that Polynesia is a big place, with lots of cultures, and while there are similarities, the traditions, dress, and dancing of each island are distinct. The show presented an artificially homogenized view of Polynesian culture, sometimes Tahitian, sometimes Fijian, sometimes Maori, etc. As a Canadian, for example, I wouldn't want my story told using the traditions of, say, Norway, even though Norwegian and Canadian customs have many similarities. On the other hand, if the show made it clear that the central character was, for example, Samoan, they'd have the problem of finding some way to work in the other islands' dancing and costumes. As a result, the show was unconvincing and inauthentic, much like the rest of the Polynesian Cultural Center.
My criticisms are aimed mostly at the management of the Center. The individual dancers and other young people presenting the shows seemed very talented and devoted to preserving their respective traditions.
I've been on many HAL shore excursions. This was the only one I would describe as disappointing.
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