Celebrating its 50th anniversary year, the Polynesian Cultural Center's (PCC) new offerings include a rebuilt Hawaii Village, a brand new interactive cinematic experience called Hawaiian Journey and a revitalized farm-to-table menu for its Alii Luau.
The new trio of offerings reinvigorates PCC’s Hawaiian cultural offerings, providing an opportunity for guests to become fully immersed in Hawaii’s host culture.
Central to the new Hawaii Village is a representation of an ahupuaa – a land division used by ancient Hawaiians, usually extending from the uplands to the sea – where visitors can see Hawaiian’s mastery of water usage, and a loi kalo, an irrigated terrace system used to grow taro.
The beauty of the village is complimented by the spirited activities available to guests. Guests can now sway their hips freely in the new hula area, which also includes more space to play the traditional games of Hawaii including ulu maika (similar to lawn bowling) and konane (Hawaiian checkers), among others. The brand new petroglyph activity invites guests to learn about the ancient Hawaiian method of storytelling through which figures were carved into lava rocks to record everything from family lineage to historical events. Guests can then record their own bit of history by creating their own original petroglyphs.
The new Hawaiian Journey is an experience so explosive that only a volcano could hold it. Housed inside of a structure modeled after a volcano, Hawaii’s natural beauty is brought to life through gorgeous cinematography and customized special effects that engage the viewers’ senses. The thrilling story offers a window for guests to experience the Hawaiian peoples’ respect for their sacred lands and the connection that it provides to their beloved ancestors.
The Hawaiian cultural experience also extends to an authentic luau experience, the Alii Luau, featuring the best locally grown ingredients Hawaii has to offer. A new menu, created by Executive Chef Hector Morales, features a harmonious combination of traditional luau staples, such as kalua pork, ahi poke and poi, and fresh farm-to-table offerings including Hawaii Island pohole fern shoots, Hauula tomato and goat cheese salad, and honey roasted Molokai sweet potato with roasted coconut.
For a limited time, kamaaina can experience the newly revitalized Hawaii Village and Hawaiian Journey for just $15. A valid Hawaii I.D. must be shown to be eligible. The Alii Luau can be added at an additional cost.