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Polynesian Cultural Center’s ‘Haunted Lagoon’ Returns Sept. 30

Polynesian Cultural Center’s ‘Haunted Lagoon’ Returns Sept. 30

And you thought your family reunions were scary …
Laie, HI – Sept. 15, 2011 – The Haunted Lagoon’s Laie Lady has reemerged for a fourth Halloween season in search of her lost son, but she is not the only one returning from the watery depths.

Renowned as Hawaii’s top haunted attraction and the only haunted canoe ride in the world, the Polynesian Cultural Center’s (PCC) Haunted Lagoon returns on Sept. 30. This full-scale production features a ghastly cast of more than 100, and includes state-of-the-art special effects and animatronics. Guests cast off on double-hulled canoes and are taken on a spine tingling journey through the dark waters of the PCC’s twisting lagoon. Canoes run from 6:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from Sept. 30 to Oct. 22, and then Monday through Saturday from Oct. 24 to 31.

“Last year, guests were able to delve a bit further into the mystery of the Laie Lady with the introduction of her missing son,” said Raymond Magalei, PCC’s director of marketing. ”This year, we are revealing more of her tragic story by introducing her murdered husband, back from the grave. But beware, his intentions are just as mysterious.”

“We have also extended the experience to about 45 minutes, which allowed us to offer a richer journey, including movie-quality special effects and costumes and a new section that starts the scares even before guests board the canoes.”

The ride revolves around the story of the Laie Lady, the restless, vengeful spirit of a young woman dressed in white who fell into insanity following tragedy many years ago. Legend has it that she now wanders the lagoon searching for her lost son. This year, it appears she is not the only one looking for him, as her vengeful, murdered husband has returned.

The Haunted Lagoon is not for the faint of heart, so the PCC also offers milder “keiki canoes” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for family members of all ages. Aboard each keiki canoe is a “lost warrior” who protects his passengers with the mystical light staff he carries, which repels monsters and creatures, including the ghostly Laie Lady.

Booking Haunted Lagoon tickets in advance is strongly recommended, as seats are limited and often sell out. Tickets for kamaaina are $19.95 per adult and $14.95 for keiki. General tickets are $25.00 per adult and $20.00 for children. Kamaaina Annual Pass holders may ride free on weekdays and for a discounted rate on Saturdays. Guests can also purchase tickets to a Fast Pass line for a shorter wait. For the first two weeks students can take advantage of the Fall Break Special, which is $5 off a ticket when they show a valid student ID.

For more information, ticket availability or reservations, visit www.HauntedLagoon.com or call the PCC ticket office toll-free at (800) 1-844-572-2347 . On Oahu, call (808) 293-3333.

Founded in 1963 as a non-profit organization, the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) has entertained more than 34 million visitors, while preserving and portraying the culture, arts and crafts of Polynesia to the rest of the world. In addition, the PCC has provided financial assistance to nearly 17,000 young people from more than 70 different countries while they attend Brigham Young University-Hawaii. As a non-profit organization, 100 percent of PCC’s revenue is used for daily operations and to support education.