'Christmas in Polynesia' Whisks Guests Away to a Pacific Wonderland
PCC’s festive canoe ride offers local take on traditional Holiday narrative, amid Christmas lights, musical performances and more
Laie, HI – November 23, 2011 – The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) is decking not just the halls but its nearly entire 42-acre grounds and picturesque lagoon to present “Christmas in Polynesia,” a 25-minute canoe ride that winds through a live production of Kamakana and the Five Fir Trees.
Rides will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from Dec. 12 to 23, 2011.
“The storyline is a local adaptation of a popular Christmas story, The Three Fir Trees, depicting a grandfather as he shares with his grandson, Kamakana, how five fir trees became part of the Christmas nativity story,” said William Mahoni, PCC special events manager.
Elaborate Christmas lights, decorations and musical performances — and even actors, animals and props — accentuate the production. The experience ends with contemporary Holiday Season icons such as Santa Claus, life-size gingerbread houses and more, which are sure to please keiki and the keiki-at-heart.
It is also an opportunity to experience all that PCC has to offer, including the new menu at the recently upgraded Gateway restaurant. And just for the Holidays, the entire center is being transformed into a full night’s worth of sights and activity for the entire family. Guests will enjoy festive food, arts and crafts; entertainment by halau, choirs and bands; and keiki holiday train rides.
In addition, free tram rides will be available to the nearby Laie Hawaii Temple Visitors Center, where guests can see a grand-scale Christmas tree display featuring 19 decorated trees.
“Christmas in Polynesia extends well beyond our lagoon, offering an evening’s worth of family experiences to get our guests into the Holiday spirit,” Mahoni added. “Our own family of staff, students and volunteers are really pulling out all the stops to transform the PCC into an immersive Polynesian wonderland. From our Christmas in Polynesia canoe ride to our new Gateway restaurant to the Visitors Center Christmas Tree display, without a visit to the PCC, you’re simply missing out on all that Oahu has to offer this Christmastime.”
Christmas in Polynesia tickets are $10 per adult and $8 per keiki. Kamaaina Annual Pass holders may enjoy one free ride per night. Coupons for $2 off the ticket price are available at participating 7-Eleven, Domino’s Pizza, and 76 Gas locations. Kamaaina Rewards members and individuals who bring a Pepsi product are also entitled to the $2 savings.
For more information on prices or to make reservations, call the PCC ticket office at (800) 367-7060 or visit www.Polynesia.com. On Oahu, call 293-3333.
Founded in 1963 as a non-profit organization, the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) has entertained more than 36 million visitors, while preserving and portraying the culture, arts and crafts of Polynesia to the rest of the world. In addition, the PCC has provided financial assistance to nearly 17,000 young people from more than 70 different countries while they attend Brigham Young University-Hawaii. As a non-profit organization, 100 percent of PCC’s revenue is used for daily operations and to support education.