Hawaii's top tourist attraction, the Polynesian Cultural Centre,
is situated on the Kamehameha Highway in Laie on the scenic north
shore of Oahu island. This remarkable venue, visited by more than
one million people a year, consists of seven Polynesian 'islands'
in a beautifully landscaped 42-acre setting, representing Samoa,
New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Tahiti, the Marquesas and Tonga, all
sited in a freshwater lagoon. The centre gives visitors a holistic
insight into the culture of the different Polynesian communities,
employing students from the nearby Brigham Young University-Hawaii
campus to bring various activities, from pageants and ceremonies to
tribal tattooing demonstrations, to life. A highlight of a visit to
the Centre is the evening show spectacular, 'Horizons', presented
in the 2,770 seat Pacific Theatre with its multi-level stages
allowing for fiery volcanoes and brilliant fountains to erupt as
special effects in this huge Polynesian song and dance revue.