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.
The bigger kids had more activity type blowup fun to play on. My kids loved the ones with the huge slides the best.
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.
Then the night ended with fireworks. Here is a video of the full fireworks show: 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!