PCC Customer Service
Our friendly PCC Customer Service representatives help with information, provide gate handouts, and rent storage lockers, strollers and regular wheelchairs (a limited number of motorized wheelchairs can also be rented at the next counter). They also oversee lost-and-found items. Open until 9:30 p.m. (call 808-293-3009).
PCC Ticketing Office
Make reservations, purchase and/or pick up your PCC tickets here. Our friendly staff can also help change your reservations, and/or upgrade your level of service.
Enjoy all the Polynesian Cultural Center has to offer on a comfortable, motorized scooter. Each scooter has a front basket, easy-to-grip handles, padded seating and roomy foot space. Available for daily rental.
Call 397-8768 for more information.
These ship steering wheels pay tribute to a miracle that happened nearby about 100 years ago, when the Laie Hawaii Temple was under construction (1916-1918):
At one point construction workers ran out of lumber for cement forms because of World War I supply and shipping problems. Contractor Ralph Woolley prayed for divine help, and during a severe storm two days later, a freighter ran hard aground on a reef off Hukilau Beach. Its captain offered the cargo of lumber to the local Latter-day Saints, if they could help him offload the materials. Skilled Hawaiian watermen jettisoned the lumber, formed rafts, and with the help of the waves, pushed and swam them ashore. The ship floated free on the tide, and construction continued on the Laie Hawaii Temple, which was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day 1919.
Uncle Five Cents
Years ago the Beauty Hole, a lava tube near the mauka end of Laie Point that opened underground into the ocean, was a great place to swim. Several generations of local kids learned how to swim by tying coconuts together and using them as floaters. It’s also where young Thomas Haaheo Au (1913–1991) became so adept at retrieving the sinking coins tourists threw in that he earned the nickname “Five Cents.” Another Hawaiian boy, nicknamed “High Ball” for his basketball skills, claimed he was even more successful because he placed a net down below to catch the coins the other kids missed. In any case, the local kids would often buy treats with their coins at the Laie Curios stand next door.
As Au grew older, in local style people began calling him Uncle Five Cents. By then he was also a skilled, self-taught Hawaiian steel guitar player, a talent he shared here as a Polynesian Cultural Center musician for many years until he passed away.
Kahuku Steam Engine Water Tower
From approximately 1898 to 1947, railroad trains operated by the Oahu Railway and Land Company carried sugar cane, materials, mail and passengers from nearby Punalu’u, through Laie and Kahuku, and around Kaena Point to Honolulu. Hamana Kalili, a railroad security guard, would warn local kids to stay away with his unique “shaka” wave. Water towers were needed to replenish the steam-driven locomotives.
North Shore Explorers
Brett Lee, a former BYU-H student who currently operates Hele Huli Adventure Center at the nearby Turtle Bay Resort, rents surf and swimming gear, mopeds, mountain bikes, Harley Davidson bikes and other adventure-enabling equipment that helps guests explore our beautiful community and nearby beaches. His center also supports guests of the new Laie Marriott Courtyard hotel.
Hamana Kalili Statue
Hamana Kalili of Laie (1882–1958) originated the unique hand-sign now called the shaka, with the thumb and little finger extended, and the other three fingers curled into the palm.
Kalili’s family, some who still live in Laie, say the tall, powerfully-built Hawaiian waterman lost the first three fingers of his right hand in a nearby sugar mill accident. After he was reassigned to the sugar cane railroad, he used the gesture to signal the train was ready to roll. Local kids, who would sometimes hook rides (and munch sugar cane), copied Kalili’s distinctive wave. Later, thousands of visitors who saw Kalili, acting as King Kamehameha, wave in the historic Laie Hukilau and gradually began to spread the gesture around the world. The shaka has since gone global, spread by surfers, Hawaii residents, millions of visitors and even U.S. President Obama, who grew up in Honolulu.
The shaka sign can mean hello, “howzit” (how are you?). Okay? Okay. Good? Good. Hang loose, and more. With a little waggle, one person can signal another, asking if something’s available (“get?”), but the same sign with a waggle in response means “no more.”
Meet Hamana Kalili: Descendant of Hawaiian chiefs, a famous fisherman, a beloved community leader, and “father” of the shaka.
The PCC commissioned Leroy Transfield, a native Maori originally from New Zealand who worked here as a student, to create this sculpture.
Holoholo Pidgin Phones
As thousands of immigrants from Asia and other parts of the world, most speaking their own languages, joined our Hawaiian population in the 19th century, a delightful form of “pidgin” English arose so they could communicate with each other.
Many local people still use Hawaiian Pidgin today. It uses a lot of English, but also a combination of Hawaiian, Asian and other words wrapped around distinctly Polynesian inflections and grammar. You might have to listen to carefully to understand it. Feel free to eavesdrop on our “party-line” telephones to hear a history of old Laie, as colorfully shared in Pidgin.
Hukilau Plaza Gazebo
This is a perfect place to enjoy listening to our Polynesian Cultural Center musicians, and visiting performers, as they freely share their talents. It’s also a great place to spend time before our evening show starts.
Joseph Kekuku Statue
Joseph Kekuku, who went by a shortened form of his very long Hawaiian middle name, was born in Laie in 1874 and invented the Hawaiian steel guitar as a boy. He shared his beautiful guitar sounds as he grew . . . and left Hawaii in 1904, never to return. In the ensuing years he helped popularize Hawaiian music around the world. In the early 1930s, electrification made the distinctive, distinctive gliding sounds of his Hawaiian steel guitar even more popular.
Kekuku eventually moved to New Jersey, where he passed away in 1932. He is buried there in Dover, far from his island home. In 1993 he was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.
The PCC commissioned Leroy Transfelt, a native Maori originally from New Zealand who worked here as a student, to create this sculpture.