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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

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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jpalka
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
"awesome entertainment"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 22, 2017 NEW
Was picked up several blocks from our hotel in comfortable bus around 10am. Arrived at the center and had lunch - food mediocre. No alcohol served on premises. Met our guide, a BYU-Hawaii - very knowledgeable. Visited the "villages" of Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and Tahiti - presentations were learning experiences but very entertaining. Took a boat ride through the park. There was music everywhere along the way. Then the luau was next - food mediocre but show was very entertaining. Then a play highlighting the customs and legends of Polynesia. The finale was the fire dancers - truly awesome. Headed back to Honolulu at 9:30pm arriving at pickup point around 10:30pm by same comfortable buses. An experience we will long remember. We booked on-line in advance and saved money. The cost was very well worth it.
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AniaMaciejAla
Poznan, Poland
"Unique experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 21, 2017 NEW
Definitely worth it! It's a a full-day attraction, driving from Waikiki takes more than 1 hour, returning at night. For us, Europeans, everything was exotic and everything was new - island presentations, entertainment, food, music, dance. The night show was amazing, I wish video recording was allowed... Get ready for lots of walking!
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MClaytonCarson
Indiana
"A Must! Super Ambassador Is Worth It. Ask for Chad."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2017 NEW
The Polynesian Cultural Center is Amazing! Is a tourist trap? Yes, that's why it was built. To inform tourist of the Polynesian culture. It's built like a casino in order to keep you inside spending money on the premises, which is just good business. That being said, it was exactly what we wanted. My wife and I splurged for this once in a lifetime experience and purchased the Super Ambassador Package which includes a bunch of stuff that you, the reader, can research on their website but it's all worth it. From the personal guide (personal note - our guide Chad(?) was fantastic. a Samoan who was not biased at all ;) he took fantastic care of us and was repeatedly referred to as the best guide on the island by every employee we encountered, which I'm sure they are taught to say about every guide) to the front row seating at every event. It was totally worth it. Broken down by the numbers the Super Ambassador Package is a great value. Consider, 9 hours with a personal guide, a boat ride, front row seating to 7 or 8 extremely well done shows including the big show at the end of the night, which for my money was fantastic, and preferred seating at the dinner Luau. It may seem expensive but find a better value for equal entertainment on that island. I dare you. This experience is a must. It's run by Brigham Young University, and they offer scholarships to students from the Polynesian Islands to come and work at the center in exchange for an education at BYU. Not a bad deal and I don't feel bad supporting that kind of organization. Thank you to the Polynesian Cultural Center, Chad (sorry if I got the wrong name, you know who you are) and BYU. Mahalo!
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Sheena P
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
"Amazing way to experience Polynesian Culture!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2017 NEW
This place was amazing! It is very similar to Epcot at Disney World except that this center showcases different Polynesian Cultures all over the world. We went from country to country and listened to their history story, while participating in their activities. There is so much to do that one day is not enough to get it all done. I would recommended buying the one day pass and then asking for their three free day pass so you can come back and visit your favorite places and enjoy all that the Polynesian Cultural Center has to offer. A must stop on your trip to Hawaii!
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Susan N
"MUST-DO"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2017 NEW
Visited this attraction several times and it never gets old. This time we didn't arrive until later in the day. They still made sure we toured all the HOT spots. Although I highly recommend taking the whole day here. You're going to want that much time. Great food @ the luau and certainly don't miss the show. GO AND DO THIS!!! You're Welcome in advance 🤙🏽
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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.