Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, HI

55-370 Kamehameha HighwayLaie, Oahu, HI 96762
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Overview

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.

Description

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

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aureliano diaz
san diego, CA
1 Review
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"Two thumbs up"
April, 2015
A one of a kind ofexperience
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Like2travel-eat
Sacramento, California
"Informational but too long tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
This place provides an informational tour and also an entertaining, Ha: Breath of Life, show but both are unnecessarily stretched. Good buffet with pork, chicken and fish is provided in the evening. The entire tour and show could very easily be covered in 6 hours instead of 9 hours.
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cowboys37
Dallas, Texas
"A must do!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
This was our second time to the Polynesian cultural center and it only gets better! It is fantastic, beautiful, entertaining, even funny and worth every penny.
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CJ K
Calgary, Canada
"Amazing over all - bad transportation"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
I don't know where to start. First the bus ride out, I paid for round trip transport, with a 12:25 pick up time. Once on the bus we were told it would be about and hour. It took over 2 hours to get there and because of that we missed all but maybe 5 minutes of the canoe pageant (which I was dying to see). The tour guide was great, very knowledgeable but made the same types of dry (unnecessary) jokes as other guides. Once at the center It was nice that we didn't have to wait in line for our tickets, but then as an Ambassador I had to wait in another room to get my guide. However I had emailed over a week before my trip asking about the tour. I wanted to do my own thing as I have certain islands and activities I wanted to see and try. I never heard back on if that was okay so I stuck with the tour and missed 2 islands I wanted to do really bad and did 2 others that I wasn't so concerned about. The day was hot and at one point I asked if there was somewhere I could buy a cold water, my tour guide looked un happy about that and then told me they would have to keep going and I would have to find them over the bridge around a corner later!!! Tonga did a great presentation! Luau: it was fantastic, the dances and MC are sooo talented, and the food was great (that is saying a lot as I am picky eater). Highly recommend this luau I was going to give only 3 stars (due to the bus ride, never getting a response to my email and such) but then thought of the evening should HA: Breath of Life. I was in tears in 5 minutes. This show is AMAZING! a MUST SEE! That is all i am going to say.
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Irene B
Waveland, Mississippi
"Wonderful experience. Luau spectacular. Breath of Life a must."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2018 NEW
We upgraded to the Ambassador level and I'm so glad we did. We had two tour guides for our small group and I'm sure we got to see much more than if we had been our own guides. This level also gives you later seating for luau and better seats for the Breath of Life. Everything was easy and no hassle. We arrived early and ate in the restaurant before taking the tour. The food and service was excellent and the prices were reasonable. The bakery is also very good. The pace set by the guides was leisurely but fast enough to fit in most of the entertainment. We had a brief shower during one of the performances and were quickly given rain ponchos by our guides free of charge. The canoe parade is a must see and be sure to get the ice cream beforehand which is served from a canoe. It was delicious. Plan to spend the entire day and your ticket is good for 3 days so you can return free of charge to see anything you may have missed. Try to get that from Disney. The luau food is really good and the presentation is well done. They even had a pig roast. The performance was also top notch and professional. You end the day with the Breath of Life show which is a very moving experience. We drove our rental car and parking is plentiful and free but there is also transportation available from Waikiki for a nominal fee. We enjoyed everything about the center and would go back again if we returned to Oahu. If you have mobility issues you can rent an electric scooter for $57 but reserve in advance to guarantee availability. Every staff member we encountered was friendly and helpful and seemed thrilled to have us there.
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Linda S
Sacramento, California
"The experience is over the top wonderful"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2018 NEW
My daughter, granddaughter and I booked the Super Ambassador which is a private tour with a guide. The day and evening spent at this center were one of the highlights of our trip. Our guide, a student at the adjoining college was very knowledgeable and told us stories about each of the Polynesian villages we visited at the Center. The Super Ambassador also gives you reserved front row seats at all of the activities and daytime shows including the evening luau and the nighttime show. A wonderful way to learn about other cultures and a beautiful day.
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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.