Angry Tongas At The Polynesian Cultural Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center is one of Hawaii’s top tourist traps. Founded in 1963, the PCC sits on a 42-acre facility on the North Shore of Oahu. The nonprofit Center was created so that the students of nearby Brigham Young University Hawaii could work their way through college by sharing their island heritage with visitors. The students come from an area that covers approximately 12 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean.

There are eight South Pacific nations represented at the PCC: Samoa, Aotearoa (Maori New Zealand), Fiji, Hawaii, Marquesas, Tahiti, Tonga and Rapa Nui (Easter Island). At the heart of the Center experience are the island villages, which offer visitors an opportunity to learn about — and participate in — the customs of each island. Visitors are encouraged to take part in a number of activities, representing everything from island games and crafts to food preparation and war training skills. With its large lagoon, waterfalls, lush tropical flora, and an “erupting” volcano, the PCC captures the romance and excitement of the South Pacific islands.

Compared to other attractions, the Polynesian Cultural Center is quite expensive. General admission starts at $49.95 and packages can go as high as $228.95 per person. Add in the fact that there’s no other attractions nearby, no outside food or drinks, a parade of upsells and you might be lucky to escape with a few coins left in your wallet. At least you’re helping some student go through school.

Tourist trap or not, you should experience the Polynesian Cultural Center at least once if you’re in Hawaii. We had quite a good time and the entertainment was both an fun and educational at the same time. Sally really liked those angry Tongas.

Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center


16 thoughts on “Angry Tongas At The Polynesian Cultural Center”

  1. The cost is nothing for a Dot Com Mogul.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      This looks like so much fun! I have never been to the Polynesian Cultural Center but would love to check it out one of these days. 🙂

      1. I’d be happy to just get to Hawaii one day.

    2. Allen Walker says:

      No doubt about it. 🙂 Lol.

  2. Hey John,

    It seems that you had a lot of fun at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Too bad the food didn’t satisfy your discerning taste.

    It was interesting to watch the video. The Tonga dancers did appear a bit angry but I’m sure it was just a part of their performance. After all the capital of Tonga, Nuku’alofa means the Port of Love.

  3. Kavya Hari says:

    From here, all the peoples spend their good time with the fun as well as useful . And, Polynesian cultural center which is one of the funny and simply super because all the folks are enjoyed very well. Thanks a lot for your post and videos on here.

  4. fas says:

    Looks so much fun. John where is your costume?

  5. This culture and enviroment are beautiful

  6. I loved the video that you took on your day trip – I had seen similar dances in NZ (the NZ Maori performers) and they are really impressive, but doing it on a boat gives a while new thrill to the occasion. Tell me how long did it take for little sally’s tattoo to wash off – she looked really cool with it on 🙂
    Peter

    1. John Chow says:

      I think it washed right off with water.

  7. anitha says:

    They look like African dancers who might be an experts in that dance

  8. If you want to see some island culture head to the beaches in Waianae, all the Tongans, Samoans, Hawaiians you’ll ever want to see. Just be sure to leave before it gets dark, locals only. 🙂

  9. christina says:

    hope to see this cultural dance in live

  10. Fazal Mayar says:

    haha, thats nice costumes. I like to see them happy…. life is all about enjoying and staying happy.

  11. christina says:

    they are entertaining us its really an nice video

  12. interested too see in live action

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