Ha: Breath of Life is the spectacular new Polynesian evening show that debuted in 2009 at the Polynesian Cultural Center's Pacific Theater.
This spectacular new show is like nothing else seen in Hawaii. The $3 million show utilizes exciting new technology and showcases a newly redesigned stage in the Pacific Theater that creates an experience that brings guests into the heart of the show and allows for surprises throughout.
Ha: Breath of Life replaced the long running Horizons: Where the Sea Meets the Sky that has been a visitor favorite at the Polynesian Cultural Center since 1996.
In Production for Three Years
Ha: Breath of Life was in production for three years and is a coordinated effort that began at the Center's grassroots level and worked its way through a skilled production team.
Alfred Grace, chief operating officer for the Polynesian Cultural Center explained that "Each costume, song and dance has been carefully crafted by our team to draw our guests into the story and create a wonderful connection with the characters and memories to last a lifetime. We're really excited to share Ha with everyone and bring something new to Hawaii's visitor industry to help further enhance our destination."
Evening Show Provides Perfect End to a Day at the PCC
The evening show has always been designed to cap a long, but exciting and educational day which begins as visitors wander through the Center's six Polynesian "islands" in a beautifully landscaped, 42-acre setting representing Fiji, Hawaii, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga. Additional island exhibits include the great mo'ai statues and huts of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and the islands of Marquesas. A beautiful man-made freshwater lagoon winds throughout the Center.
Most guests then attend the Center's Ali'i Lu'au which takes them on a nostalgic trip back in time to learn about the royalty of Hawaii while enjoying traditional Hawaiian lu'au food and entertainment, cultural demonstrations, and service with the Aloha Spirit in a beautiful tropical setting. It's the islands' most authentic Hawaiian lu'au.
About Ha: Breath of Life
As Grace explained, "With Ha: Breath of Life, we've worked to create an engaging experience that captivates audiences while it reinforces what they've learned about our Polynesian cultures through the telling of one man's life story."
Guests will identify with the lead character, Mana, as he evolves through the universal life themes of boyhood, young love, respect and appreciation for elders, and how important community can be for individuals and families. All themes are central to the Polynesian cultures and are applicable to every individual, relaying the message of family, hope, pride and heritage.
"We believe Ha will appeal to all of our guests – first-time, repeat and kama'aina – because it has a little something for everyone," said Grace. "It's important to continually improve and expand our products based on extensive customer feedback surveys and we've worked hard to create an experience like no other. It was key that the new show be inclusive and easily translated across cultures to make it a guest favorite for years to come."
If You Go
The Polynesian Cultural Center offers a wide assortment of ticketing packages that are detailed on their extensive website. They also offer packages that include pickup and bus transportation to and from the Center from eight major locations in Waikiki.
If you'd like to find out more about the PCC or view a number of photos, you can check out these features:
- A Brief Introduction to the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Oahu
- "The History of the Polynesian Cultural Center and Mormonism in Hawaii
- Polynesian Cultural Center Villages Photos with pictures of each of the Polynesian Villages at the Polynesian Cultural Center
- Polynesian Cultural Center Canoe Pageant Photos with pictures of the Rainbows of Paradise Canoe Pageant at the Polynesian Cultural Center