The Polynesian Cultural Center

Our itinerary for Hawaii was the Polynesian Cultural Center tour with a buffet and show the first full day, then the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial and U.S.S. Missouri the next, leaving that night to head for home.

A bus picked us up around 10:30 to be at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) around noon. The PCC is a living museum located in Laie, the northern part of Oahu, Hawaii. Even with it being the middle of the day, the traffic and mountains require a two hour lead time. Created in 1963, it is located on land owned by the Brigham Young University of Hawaii where most of the performers are enrolled as students and are on scholarships from their native lands.


Looking out the bus window on the way to the PCC, it looks rainy and foggy while going through the mountains. Diamond Head is supposed to be here somewhere, but we missed the Kodak moment.

The entrance is impressive and it looks like the weather cleared up, mostly, by the time we got here.

Once we produced our tickets we were instructed to gather in the main area and our tour guide would be with us shortly. By the time we started the tour, the wind had changed direction and it had cooled off considerably, to top it off, it was threatening to rain. Our tour guide gave each of us ponchos, just in case, and some members of the group purchased sweatshirts; we donned our gloves from our jean jacket pockets.


Another tour guide and again, the documentation is missing that had his name. This picture almost gives it to us, but not quite. However, we do remember that he was a full time student at BYU and he was from the Aotearoa (New Zealand) Islands. Since we can't remember his name we will call him Jim.
We immediately proceeded to the waterway to watch the pageantry of all the represented islands of the Polynesian Triangle.