Hawaii. A place that conjures images of pineapples, hula dancers, and beautiful warm days on the beach. But for many LDS and world visitors to the Hawaiian island of Oahu, it also brings memories of the beautiful Polynesian Cultural Center—an attraction on the shores of Laie that keeps alive the beautiful culture of a number of Polynesian peoples and shares it with the world. Since it's opening in 1963, the PCC has hosted a variety of guests, including some famous ones. Here are just a few of those well-known visitors to the Polynesian Cultural Center:
The Academy Award-winning actor visited the Polynesian Cultural Center in 1999. Here he is pictured in the village of New Zealand.
Even the Mouse himself has paid a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center!
Jewish-raised comedian and actor Pauly Shore is known largely for his role in the movie Encino Man, but he also appeared in an episode of Hawaii Five-0. While in Hawaii, Shore visited the PCC, likely in the late 1990s/early 2000s.
The now 99-year-old Hollywood star Kirk Douglas and his family were visitors at the Polynesian Cultural Center in the 1960s. Douglas received three Academy Award nomination and an Oscar during his time on the screen and is known for films such as The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful, and Spartacus.
Most famous for his role as A.C. Slater in the 1980s Saved by the Bell, Lopez also had a role in the T.V. series Pacific Blue and is here pictured with some of the performers at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
James Garner and Henry Fonda
James Garner, who had roles in films from Maverick and Space Cowboys to The Great Escape and The Notebook, visited the Polynesian Cultural Center in its early years. From the picture below, it appears that he visited with his friend and fellow Hollywood star Henry Fonda, who starred in films such as The Grapes of Wrath, 12 Angry Men, and Yours, Mine and Ours with Lucille Ball.
Best known for her role as "Milly" in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Jane Powell here shows off her hula skills at the Polynesian Cultural Center in the early 1960s.
Daniel Dae Kim
One of the stars of Lost and Hawaii 5-0 (which was filmed in part at the Polynesian Cultural Center), Daniel Dae Kim is pictured here with the cast from the Ha: Breath of Life show.
The actress largely known for her roles in Home Improvement and Baywatch visited the Polynesian Cultural Center in the early 1990s.