Tourists says PCC and Laie Hawaii Temple are favorite places to visit

Written by: 
Gosuke Kawano
The Laie Hawaii Temple Visitors' Center and the Polynesian Cultural Center are favorite tourist destinations in Laie.

Visitors to the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Laie Hawaii Temple Visitors' Center were asked what they think about the tours offered there and said they enjoyed learning about different cultures at PCC, loved the beauty of the temple, and love to come back to visit here.

Chester Ferguson, from Arizona, said he and his family came to the Polynesian Cultural Center to celebrate his 62nd birthday.  “I like the little show that they gave.  We just came back from the wedding in the Fiji Village. That was nice!” 

Devin Hoy, a non-member from Oahu, said it was his second time to visit the PCC and Laie Hawaii Temple. “[The] PCC is a good way to learn about the different cultures and the temple is really beautiful.”  

Elvai Ortega, along with her family from Mexico, said she visited Oahu because her son is stationed in Oahu.  They said the tours were “very good.  Everything is perfect. It would be better if they provided Coke, not just Pepsi.” 

Richard and Merinda Fung, from Hong Kong, said they attended BYUH before, visited the Laie Temple because it was special to them. “We got married in this Temple 36 years ago and now [we] have two sons.” They said when they lived in Temple View Apartments or married-student housing, they went to the temple once a month.

Jack Zhou, a first-time visitor to PCC from China, said he came here because his friends recommended it to him. “I just heard that this place is good, so I came here. I think it’s fantastic and a very good place.”

Doug Sorenson, from Utah, said they came to Oahu to observe the Pearl Harbor Day because he was in Oahu when he was enlisted in the Navy back in the 1960s. “I always visit the temple and the PCC when I come over here,” he said, “Everything [about the temple], the steps, trees, waters, is beautiful.”

Brian and Cathy Bellomy, from Oahu, came with their children and said that they’ve visited PCC about four or five times and came today for their Christmas celebration. “We are fond of PCC because we get to enjoy learning about the Polynesian cultures and events and foods. And also  they let kids have fun in the activities they can participate in,” said Cathy Bellomy, “However, I hoped there would be more space where they get shade at the lagoon.”

Date Published: 
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Last Edited: 
Thursday, December 15, 2016