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Polynesian Cultural Center offers kamaaina dining deals
November 11, 2011 - Carla Tracy
The Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie on Oahu opened the doors today to its renovated — and re-envisioned — Gateway restaurant. The result is one of the largest enclosed restaurants and special events venues on Oahu.
“Now boasting a 24,400-square-foot grand dining hall with seating for more than 1,000, Gateway offers two bountiful, buffet spreads,” states the press release. “The Island Feast buffet features authentic dishes from throughout the Pacific such as Fijian chicken curry and koko alaisa (chocolate rice pudding) along with a variety of kamaaina favorites. Those upgrading to the Prime Dining buffet will have all the options in the Island Feast plus additional dishes including crab legs, shrimp cocktail, kalbi style short ribs and prime rib. Both options are presented with Polynesian hospitality and ambiance fit for alii.”
In celebration of its reopening, kamaaina are invited to experience the new Gateway with a holiday special through Dec. 31. Cost of $25 per person for those with Hawaii ID includes the Island Feast buffet and seating at the critically acclaimed evening show, Ha: Breath of Life.
“When we first looked at reinvigorating the Gateway experience, we knew it had to be more then just a facelift and food upgrade,” said Alfred Grace, PCC’s Chief Operating Officer. “We set out to create a unique venue that captured the essence of a unique Polynesian feast on a grand scale — something that was more then just dining but an experience.
“And don’t worry kamaaina, there’s lots of local favorites for you.”
In addition, the massive scale of Gateway’s architecture is reason enough to go check it out. The restaurant’s structural design resembles a Samoan fale with wide wooden pillars and angular sweeping roof. The immense doors, each one 12 feet tall by 6 feet wide, are ornamented with intricately carved ulu and kalo leaves.
Inside, 68 pillars (patterned after koa tree trunks), support the ceiling and are adorned with shell torches that provide ambient lighting. One of the largest murals in the world, extending nearly 8,000 square feet, adorns the walls, taking guests on a visual journey through the many cultures of Polynesia.
“The grand mural complements the storytelling aspects of our daytime activities and evening show experiences,” says Grace. “The mural’s colorful depictions transport guests through Polynesia, from the bountiful Hawaiian landscape and welcoming gesture of Alii to illustrations of the cultures of Samoa, Aotearoa, Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti and Marquesas. Guests will also recognize many historical figures and contemporary icons that have helped shape Hawaii.”
For reservations or more information, visit Polynesian Cultural Center Website, or call the PCC ticket office at (800) 367-7060. On Oahu, call (808) 293-3333. PCC is open every day, except Sunday.
Founded in 1963 as a non-profit organization, the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) has entertained more than 36 million visitors, while preserving and portraying the culture, arts and crafts of Polynesia to the rest of the world. In addition, the PCC has provided financial assistance to nearly 17,000 young people from more than 70 different countries while they attend Brigham Young University-Hawaii. As a non-profit organization, 100 percent of PCC’s revenue is used for daily operations and to support education.
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The Polynesian Cultural Center opened the doors to its renovated — and re-envisioned — Gateway restaurant.