Social Event – Polynesian Cultural Center

photo of Luau Hula Auana women ACSAC has a long tradition of a Friday afternoon social outing, after the conference is over. This year we'll be heading to the Polynesian Cultural Center. We'll leave the hotel shortly after the conference finishes at noon for a bus ride to the other side of Oahu, arriving about 1:45pm. On arrival we'll receive Bento box lunches, and then have the afternoon to explore the PCC. Our bus leaves PCC at 6:00pm, arriving back at our hotel around 7:30pm - in time to catch a taxi to the airport for a red-eye to the mainland. The $75 fee includes bus transportation, Bento box lunch, and admission to the PCC.

The Polynesian Cultural Center features a 42-acre facility on the North Shore of Oahu. Founded in 1963, 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.

photo of Samoan Fireknife Many South Pacific nations are represented at the Polynesian Cultural Center, where recreated villages, exhibits and hands-on activities highlight eight of them: Samoa, Aotearoa (Maori New Zealand), Fiji, Hawaii, Marquesas, Tahiti, Tonga and Rapa Nui (Easter Island). At the heart of the PCC experience are the island villages, which offer visitors a unique opportunity to learn about – and participate in – the customs of each island. Visitors are encouraged to take part in a number of authentic 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 Polynesian Cultural Center captures all the romance and excitement of the South Pacific islands. A visit to this famous Hawaii attraction represents a chance to travel through Polynesia in a single day, and participate in the celebration of centuries of Polynesian culture – no passport required.