Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, HI

55-370 Kamehameha HighwayLaie, Oahu, HI 96762
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Spanning over 42 acres, the Polynesian Cultural Center is home to living museum and theme park centered around Polynesian culture. The center features eight simulated tropical villages, IMAX® shows, canoe rides and parades, special events, daytime exhibits and the Hā–Breath of Life evening show. Guests can also experience the renowned Ali’i Luau, considered one of the best and most authentic luaus on Oahu.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Laie, Oahu Travel Experts
  • Located 75 minutes from Honolulu.
  • Complimentary Waikiki hotel shuttle service is available.
  • Various dinner, luau, and show packages available for purchase.
  • Bring a camera, comfortable shoes, and appropriate attire.
  • Mingle with natives from Pacific cultures in genuine village replicas.
  • Bring cash and shop at the Hukilau Marketplace and specialty shops for a perfect souvenir.


from Polynesian Cultural Center
Choose from a variety of packages and get set to see why the Polynesian Cultural Center is Hawaii's #1 Paid Attraction. Explore and experience eight island villages and exhibits representing the Islands of Aotearoa New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, Marquesas, Rapa Nui, Tonga, and Tahiti.

Learn firsthand from the native peoples of each island with interactive demonstrations that teach you the games, fun, and friendship of Polynesia. Get a temporary tattoo, catch a fish or learn to dance one of the exciting hip shaking dances of Tahiti. See an active Polynesian voyaging canoe up close and learn how to make fire. Plus, enjoy the exciting Rainbows of Paradise canoe pageant showcasing the songs and dances of each island culture on the Center’s winding lagoon.

Give your feet a rest and take a relaxing tram tour through Laie town to see the surrounding community, then cap off your adventure in Hawaii’s only IMAX™ theater to learn about the importance of coral reefs with a Coral Reef Adventure.

Discover for yourself why the Polynesian Cultural Center's Alii Luau has justifiably inherited the deeper meanings of Hawaiian hospitality and joy inherent in this ancient feast, and add this unforgettable experience to your Hawaiian vacation.

Please note that due to the Polynesian Cultural Center being a family attraction which is closely associated to and predominantly an employer of college students, alcohol is not served or allowed to be consumed anywhere on the premises.

Ambassador Dinner-Show Admission after 5:00 pm
Ali'i Luau Dinner-Show Admission after 5:00 pm
Show Only Admission after 7:00 pm; seating available only in the upper level of the Pacific Theater.

General Admission to the villages from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

There is no charge for children under age 5 unless they plan to occupy a reserved seat at the evening show.

Optional Pick-up Points in Waikiki
1st Pick up*, 2nd Pick up*
1. Ala Moana Hotel (wait on Mahukona Street) 10:00 am, 12:00 pm
2. Ilikai Renaissance (on Hobron Lane) 10:00 am, 12:00 pm
3. Hilton Hawaiian Village (Tapa Tower Bus Depot) 10:05 am, 12:05 pm
4. Waikiki Gateway (Olohana Street side) 10:10 am, 12:10 pm
5. Sheraton Waikiki (bus terminal) 10:15 am, 12:15 pm
6. Waikiki Trade Center (Seaside Avenue curbside) 10:20 am, 12:20 pm
7. Hyatt Regency Hotel (back entrance facing Koa Avenue) 10:25 am, 12:25 pm
8. Waikiki Beach Marriott (bus area near corner of Paoakalani St.) 10:30 am, 12:30 pm

Reserve Hawaii Customer Reviews

aureliano diaz
san diego, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Two thumbs up"
April, 2015
A one of a kind ofexperience

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Minden, Nevada
"Absolutely a must visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017 NEW
This is a must visit place. If it is you first time there, do your homework, there is a lot to do and see. The village shows are worth the admission. Lots to do interactively that will interest all ages. You are hard pressed to do everything in one day and really absorb it. A must is the evening show "Ha-Breath of Life" and the parade of canoes with the various villages. We had a absolute great time, but just couldn't see or do everything in one day.
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Montgomery, Alabama
"Great Family Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017 NEW
The Ambassador Circle is the way to go. You really need to start by 1:00 to see most of the exhibits. The canoe pageant, and most of the villages are very educational and enjoyable. The move is beautiful. The dinner food and show is also very good. However the evening show was spectacular -- worth the entire price.
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
"Ambassador with Luau package"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017 NEW
We enjoyed every moment. We booked directly through the Polynesian Cultural Center and selected the transportation option. Our driver and tour guide were there 10 minutes early of pick up time to start checking everyone in and then when one group did not show, our tour guide went above and beyond trying to reach them, he didn't want to leave anyone behind. He did an excellent job of providing history of the Oahu Island, pointing out landmarks, etc. It was so nice have a driver so we could soak up all the beautiful scenery on the way to the PCC. Our tour guide at the PCC, Russell, was very nice and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the culture of each island and watching them dance. The food at the Luau was wonderful. Our son even got pulled up to dance during the luau, which was one of the highlights of the trip! He was so embarrassed :-) The show in the evening was amazing. Transportation back to the hotel was immediately available when the show was over, we made it back to the hotel with no issues. Highly recommend visiting the PCC, you can regain access within 3 days of purchase of your ticket, so if you don't get to see everything on the first day you can return. We had already booked other tours, so we were not able to take advantage of this but if we return to Hawaii we will visit the PCC again!
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Suresh D
"Don't miss"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017 NEW
If you are a first time visitor, plan on visiting this place first, so you get a good understanding of Polynesian cultures. Each village describes their culture well and the people are friendly and happy. The shows are very informative and fun at the same time. The dinner and the final show is even better.
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Webb City, Missouri
"A great way to learn about the Polynesian people."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017 NEW
I recommend this as a must do tour. Opt for the Super Ambassador Tour. That gives you a personal guide for you or a family. You are encouraged to participate and ask plenty of questions. The night show is a definite draw!

Frequently Asked Questions about Polynesian Cultural Center

Where is the Polynesian Cultural Center located?
They are located in the small town of Laie, located on the northeast end of Oahu. Allow yourself approximately a 75-minute drive from Honolulu.

How much is parking?
Parking is FREE.

Can I bring my camera?
Guests are welcome to take as many personal pictures or video recordings at the Center as they wish, but no flash photography or video is allowed during the evening show, Ha: Breath of Life, as the light is blinding to the performers on stage and other guests in the darkened theater.

Do you offer wheelchair, stroller or locker rentals?
The Polynesian Cultural Center provides guests a limited number of wheelchairs and strollers available with advanced reservations by calling them directly. There is a $20 deposit fee, $15 of which will be refunded when the wheelchair or stroller is returned. A limited number of day lockers are available near the front entrance on a first-come basis for a small rental fee.

Is the Polynesian Cultural Center wheelchair accessible?
All major areas of the Polynesian Cultural Center - including the Laie Temple Visitors Center tours are accessible to those in wheelchairs. Guests using wheelchairs at our lu'au or Ha: Breath of Life evening show will either be invited to transfer to a seat if they choose to do so, or will be invited to sit in any of our wheelchair section.

When are the times for each activity?
The Polynesian Cultural Center is open Monday through Saturday Noon to 5:00 pm. Ali’l Luau seating begins between 4:45 pm – 5:00 pm and concludes at 6:30pm. Ha! seating begins at 7:00 pm and concludes at 9:15 pm. 

If my child is under 5 years, are they free?
Yes, children 0-4 are free admission into the Cultural Center. They are considered a lap child for the show venues.