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Polynesian Culture Center, Windward Side, Oahu Island

The Polynesian Culture Center is located in Laie, near the North shore on the island of Oahu. The center sits upon 42 acres of land and is a commercial venture that uses some of the profits for scholarships at the BYU-Hawaii campus. The majority of the employees at the park are comprised of BYU-Hawaii students. You will also be able to view the nearby Laie Hawaii Temple built by the LDS Church.

The Polynesian Culture Center was opened in 1963 as a way to provide employment and scholarships to students at the nearby BYU-Hawaii campus. It was also designed to preserve the traditions and cultures of Polynesia. The idea sprang from fundraisers that occurred in the 1940's and 1950's, including Hukilaus, and beach Luau's. The Polynesian Culture Center is one of the frequently visited tourist destinations in the islands, and is also home to the World Fire Knife Dance Competition.

Located on the grounds are “villages” comprised of the cultures of Polynesia. Each village has hourly presentations and cultural learning experiences. These villages are: Hawaii, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Tahiti, Marquesas Islands, Aotearoa (Modern day New Zealand). In addition to these villages there is also a special exhibit dedicated to Rapa Nui (Easter Island), and a tribute to the LDS missionary work of the 1850's. There is also many fun activities for the entire family, including an IMAX theater, a canoe ride where visitors can paddle while being accompanied by a guide, an excellent Luau and a critically acclaimed dinner show.


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