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    • Our History

      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.

    • Accolades

      Trip Advisor 2018 Worlds Best Tours and Travel Activities “Top 10 U.S. Experience”

      Honolulu Star-Advertiser People’s Choice Awards #1 place winner for “Hawaii’s Best Attraction”

      Hawaii Magazine, 2018 People’s Choice Awards (March 2018 Announcement) – “Best Family Live Show”

      USA Today 10 Best, Readers’ Choice Awards 2017 – “Best Hawaii Attraction”

      Travel Weekly Magazine, 2017 Silver Magellan Award – “Overall Culture / Arts Destination in the USA/Canada

      Hawaii Magazine 2017 Readers Choice Awards – “Best Oahu Luau”

      Hawaii Magazine 2017 Readers Choice Awards – “Best Oahu Museum”

      Trip Advisor 2017 – Certificate of Excellence (Reflecting superior service for consistently good reviews on Trip Advisor)

      Star Advertiser’s 2017 “Hawaii’S Best” Reader’s Choice Awards – Best Tourist Attraction – 2nd Place

      Star Advertiser’s 2017 “Hawaii’S Best” Reader’s Choice Awards – Best Luau – 3rd Place

      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

      Trip Advisor 2016 – Certificate of Excellence (Reflecting superior service for consistently good reviews on Trip Advisor)

      Hawaii Magazine, 2015 People’s Choice Awards – “Best Family Live Show”

      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 “2012 Hawaii’s Best” Reader’s Choice Hawaii’s Best Luau – 2nd Place

      Star-Advertiser “2012 Hawaii’s Best” Reader’s Choice Hawaii’s Best Tourist Attraction – 3rdd 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”

      Wayne Harada, Honolulu-Advertiser (Review of HA: Breath of Life) – “An amazing theatrical accomplishment….” – “There are moments that will leave you breathless and thrilled…”

      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…”

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