Polynesian Cultural Center’s 4th of July Fireworks & Concert

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Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) hosted the fireworks on the North Shore of Oahu for the first time. We decided to check it out with our family that lives in Kahuku on the North Shore. We live closer to Waikiki so for us it was about an hour drive to get to the PCC. For us, it’s a LONG drive but was so worth it!

The first thing we did was get in line for a FREE balloon sculpture by Adventure Balloons.

Each child got to make their own request for their balloon sculpture. For my nephew, foster son, he doesn’t talk much but he LOVES anything with wheels. The talented balloon guy from Adventure Balloons said they do know how to make a truck or car but since it takes about 10 minutes to make they won’t be able to do it at this event. Instead he suggested a puffer fish because it is more like a toy and little kids love it.

At first he wasn’t too sure about it…

When he got the hang of it, he LOVED it and didn’t want to let it go.

So grateful for the awesome balloon guy’s suggestion. I just love to see this boy smile big!

Even baby got something. It stayed on her head long enough for a picture.

Once everyone got their balloons they rushed to the bouncy house and blown up fun houses.

All of these were FREE to play on for the whole night! I loved how they had a Toddler Zone for 6 and under so we didn’t have to worry about our little ones getting trampled by the bigger, rougher kids.Β 

Photo credit: my cousin, Kari Nakayama

The bigger kids had more activity type blowup fun to play on. My kids loved the ones with the huge slides the best.

Photo credit: my cousin, Kari Nakayama
Photo credit: my cousin, Kari Nakayama

My 4 year old said she liked this green & yellow one best. As soon as she slid down, she got right back in line, many, many times.

They even had a cool mechanical bucking bull from Mek Bull that my husband and cousin got to try out for FREE. I enjoyed watching them have fun on it. What made riding the bucking bull more authentic was that husband was wearing his cowboy hat he recently got from an elderly family friend.

My cousin decided she needed to borrow my husband’s hat for her ride too.

All that playing worked up an appetite! There was so much good food to choose from!!! Here are just a few menus.

Most of my kids just wanted saimin (local Hawaiian ramen).

My oldest daughter & I got chicken curry and my husband got teriyaki chicken plate. It was delicious!

There was TONS of dessert options too and of course shave ice!

There was also games with prizes that you had to pay for but my kids were satisfied with the blow up obstacle course and bouncy houses.

The entertainment was excellent! My oldest enjoyed his birthday sitting back and just listing to the music. That night we got to hear Kekoa Kane, Josh Tatofi, Kapena, and B.E.T. Great local music to enjoy, sing along, and dance to.

Photo credit: my cousin, Kari Nakayama

Then the night ended with fireworks. Here is a video of the full fireworks show:Β 2018 PCC 4th of July Fireworks.

We all had an enjoyable 4th of July on the North Shore. My 15 year old also noticed how the Laie community is so nice, “Everyone was so nice,” he said. We were all happy and poop tired by the end of it. I’m thinking we will do it again next year!

Photo Credit: my husband, Keola Iaela



46 thoughts on “Polynesian Cultural Center’s 4th of July Fireworks & Concert

    1. PCC is awesome. 😊 I used to be a Japanese Tour Guide once upon a time. Lol πŸ˜† If you are here for the 4th of July celebrations, you’ll want to stay on this side of the island because you’ll need a different day to enjoy inside of PCC. πŸ˜„ This all took place outside in the parking lot. Great thing was we got to use PCC’s nice bathrooms 😊 Fireworks started when night show was done. 😊 I know you’d love it too 😊

  1. The balloon sculptures were awesome. It amazes me how skillful people are. The event looks like a lot of fun with so many great activities.

    1. I think it’s so cool that you could ask for pretty much anything and they could do make it balloon style! πŸ˜„

    1. PCC is very supportive of the community. The school kids have their annual May Day performance in the huge stage area. 😊

    1. There was so much to choose from! I didn’t realize I didn’t check ALL the food booths before finally making my choice. 😜 Days later I was thinking oh, I would have liked to try a fried Twinkie. Lol πŸ˜†

    1. Oh! You will love it for sure! I hope to be posting a real Polynesian Cultural Center experience in the near future. 😊 I was a Japanese tour guide there many moons ago. Lol. Such a fun place with so many experiences to have! 😊

    1. The PCC has changed a lot, yet many things are the same. 😊 I was a Japanese Tour guide there about 18yrs ago. Lol my favorite was taking families with children. It’s a different tour experience with Kids. 😊

    1. I encourage everyone if possible to go to the Polynesian Cultural Center if possible. It’s an experience you can’t have any where else! 😊

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