Founded in 1865, this area was originally desolate and uninhabitable. Through tender loving care and tenacity the lovely town of Laie, also known as ‘The Gathering Place’, grew into a beautiful center of spirituality, education and ethnic harmony. The Polynesian Cultural Center first opened its doors in 1963 as a way for students at the adjacent Church College of Hawaii (now Brigham Young University Hawaii) to earn money for their education and as a means to preserve and portray the cultures, art and crafts of the people of Polynesia. Prior to this great event, the town of Laie hosted weekly hukilaus, a community fish fry meant to entertain, instruct and support the community. We’ve come a long way since 1963. The center has grown to become Hawaii's number-one paid attraction, drawing nearly a million visitors a year.
Hawaii Magazine 2016 People's Choice Awards - "Best Family Live Show"
Star-Advertiser's 2016 "Hawaii's Best" Reader's Choice Awards - Best Tourist Attraction - 1st Place
Star-Advertiser's 2015 "Honolulu Pulse Awards" - Best Place to Take Visitors - 1st Place
Star-Advertiser's 2015 "Hawaii's Best" Reader's Choice Awards - Tourist Attraction - 1st Place
Hawaii Magazine, 2014 People’s Choice Awards - “Best Family Live Show”
Star-Advertiser “2014 Hawaii’s Best” Reader’s Choice - Tourist Attraction - 1st Place
Hawaii Magazine, 2013 People’s Choice Awards - “Best Family Live Show”
Star-Advertiser “2013 Hawaii's Best” Reader’s Choice Tourist Attraction - 1st Place
Honolulu Magazine 2012 “Best Of” “Best Family Attraction” - 1st Place
Star-Advertiser “2011 Hawaii’s Best” Reader’s Choice - Hawaii’s Best Tourist Attraction - 1st Place
Honolulu Magazine 2011 “Best of” Reader’s Poll - “Best place to take visitors” - 1st Place
Honolulu Magazine 2010 “Best of” Reader’s Poll - “Best place to take visitors” - 1st Place
Honolulu Star-Bulletin 2009 "Hawaii's Best" Reader's Poll - Best Tourist Attraction - 1st Place
Honolulu Star-Bulletin 2009 "Hawaii's Best" Best Luau - 3rd Place
Honolulu Advertiser 2009 "Best of the Best" Reader's Poll - Top Tourist Spot - 3rd Place
Honolulu Advertiser 2009 "Best of the Best" Reader's Poll - Local Attraction - 3rd Place
Kahili Awards (For preserving Hawaiian Culture) Ali’i Luau - “Hawaii’s Most Authentic Luau”
As of March 2014 - Nearly 4 million visitors have seen “HA: Breath of Life”! Wayne Harada, Honolulu-Advertiser (Review of HA: Breath of Life) “An amazing theatrical accomplishment…”
THEA AWARD 2013
The Polynesian Cultural Center’s (PCC) dedication to enhancing the guest experience with arts and culture has resulted in being awarded one of the attraction industry’s highest honors, a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Presented by the Themed Entertainment Association, the Thea Awards, is considered the entertainment and attraction industry’s highest honor and recognizes excellence in the creation of outstanding guest experiences.
The PCC is one of only 13 attractions worldwide to earn Thea Awards. PCC’s Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement is a tribute to its new Hawaiian Journey cinematic presentation and re-design of the Gateway Restaurant. The recipients were honored at a special awards gala at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim on April 5, 2014.
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