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An Evening at the Polynesian Cultural Center

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.
Average Customer Rating:
3.25 out of 5
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2 out of 4(50%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for An Evening at the Polynesian Cultural Center
Review 1 for An Evening at the Polynesian Cultural Center
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:February 25, 2012
smitty
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:January
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
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.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+12points
12out of 12found this review helpful.
Review 2 for An Evening at the Polynesian Cultural Center
Overall Rating
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Not Bad but disappointing!

Date:February 13, 2012
Nuisance
Location:Regina, SK
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:January
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Enjoyed it?
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Value
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
The luau was a buffet and the food was "not bad!" The cultural villages were good, but the show was too "Hollywood!" That made it rather inauthentic!
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
-4points
2out of 8found this review helpful.
Review 3 for An Evening at the Polynesian Cultural Center
Overall Rating
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

More Disney than culture

Date:September 8, 2011
PhilC
Location:Ottawa, Canada
Cruise Date Year:2011
Cruise Date Month:March
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Enjoyed it?
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Value
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
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.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
+15points
16out of 17found this review helpful.
Review 4 for An Evening at the Polynesian Cultural Center
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Canadian couple's view

Date:May 19, 2011
oldswede
Location:British Columbia, Canada.
Cruise Date Month:May
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
This was the greatest show with special effects and superior acting, dancing, and theme plus the seating is super!
Cruise Date Year:2011
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+15points
16out of 17found this review helpful.