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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
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"Two thumbs up"
April, 2015
A one of a kind ofexperience

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BM11375
NYC
"A must do, whether it's for Culture, History, Geography or pure fun - and Dinner Show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 20, 2017 NEW
It's a must do if you are in Oahu. The History will surprise you, Geography will fascinate you, the Culture will enrich you, or you can just enjoy a bit of everything. Besides that, the Dinner Show alone is worth it. Just control the temptation for too much shopping!
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AlishaMG
Oak Park, California
"Worth the price of admission"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2017 NEW
We splurged for the Ambassador package, and I would do it again. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. And the place is HUGE! It would have been impossible to time everything right so we saw all the shows. The luau was fun and had good food. I liked Ha Breath of Life, too. Ambassador tickets are actually good for three days, and I wish we could've gone back, but we didn't have time. The only con is that at the end of the tour, we got a coupon for the gift shop...but we had stopped by the gift shop before our tour.
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Lardass27
Melbourne, Australia
"Must Do!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2017 NEW
Definitely one of my favourite experiences in Oahu, Hawaii. I was put on to this by a friend of a friend and I'm so glad I went. The "Breath of Life" show was amazing, a little tacky at the start but well worth it.
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Travelgirl2773
Waterloo, Canada
"Great place to visit!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2017 NEW
We had heard a lot about this place and how amazing it was and we were not disappointed. It's almost like an Epcot center of the polynesian cultures. We got to see présentations from each culture and participate in activities as well. There was a river pageant as well which each culture participated. They were on boats and were dancing. Sounds kind of cheesy but it was really good! There is also the show, Ha: Breath of Life, this was a great show at night after the center closes. It is worth the travel and the time. You won't be disappointed!
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littlebirdlauren
Melbourne, Australia
"Good day out"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2017 NEW
The Polynesian Cultural Center is a great place to go if you want to have a day out exploring various Island cultures. The ride out is about and hour and 30 minutes from Waikiki with various hotel pick ups. Our bus guide was Peter he was hilarious and made the ride less boring by talking about various history points of the Island and other cultures. You will need more than one day to look around if you want to see and do extra activities that are outlined on the website. If you book a package, you will be taken around by a guide which is very useful for the first day to get a taste of all the islands but you won't have a chance to do any of the extra activities like specific Island games or a henna tattoo because it's a day packed full of other dancing shows, the canoe pageant that displays traditional dress of each Island and both outdoor and indoor shows that demonstrate traditional dancing, songs and some very funny crowd participation moments. The guides are usually very sweet gentlemen and ladies from the local BYU college belonging to the Mormon faith, my guide was Christian (Ian). The money paid for going in to the centre including all the packages, funds educational scholarships for these kids to go to university. The guides will move you along at a reasonable pace so you can get to see all the performance shows and for this reason you won't be able to get to do extra activities although you can peel off if you want to but you might miss out other shows. For that reason you should go back another day so you can move at your own pace. It's a very warm day out so bring extra water with you to drink. You won't get time to stop at the Hukilau market for shopping if you are going on a tour except at the very beginning and only if you are not going to the Island buffet for lunch. Our group did have a chance to learn some Hawaiian Hula, which was super fun. For food, I wouldn't recommend the Island Barbeque lunch unless you are a meat lover, unfortunately I didn't realise there is really not much for vegetarians. Instead, stop at one of the various restaurants at the Hukilau market for your food choice when you first arrive. The luau dinner displayed again the lovely dancing styles of various Island cultures and some fire stick twirling by the more junior members of the team who are learning the ropes. Again, minimal selection for vegetarians which made it difficult for me but some lovely steamed sweet potato and some taro rolls were available. Remember this facility is owned by the Mormon church so you will not find alcohol here, do not expect to and don't get a surprise when there isn't any, read the menus on the website. It doesn't matter you won't need any alcohol, there's plenty of soft drink, punch and water to go around as much as you would like at this buffet style dinner. The final evening show Ha Breath of Life is very much a circle of life story with great dancing again displaying the different Island styles. It's very hot out though even at night so if I could recommend anything it would be don't forget your water and maybe bring a little fan with you, there are some for sale at the some little stalls towards the end of the day. For transport at the end of the day I caught the buses that return back to various hotels from the big buses stop at the same location it dropped off in the morning. Listen to your driver guide on the way up to the centre to find out if your bus is located in zone 1 or zone 2 at the end of the night, the bus zone you will go back on is also printed on the back of your entry ticket.

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.