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

2 Reviews
Claudia Cobos
CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent !!!!"
August, 2018
It was a wonderfull day with my family, many activities, shows of island's culture, the dinnig was delicious and the show was wonderfull
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Tip: Great place, you must go !

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aureliano diaz
san diego, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Two thumbs up"
April, 2015
A one of a kind ofexperience
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reinaj331
West Jordan, Utah
"Wonderful cultural experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2018 NEW
At first I didn't know what to expect when coming here. We enjoyed the first part of the afternoon walking around the market looking at all the gift shops and kiosks. Such beautiful options for purchase. Once inside we took the canoe tour to the top of the facility getting a briefing of each village that we would have the opportunity to visit. Each village has a unique display of their culture by way of a short show that lasts about 20 to 25 min. They are played throughout the day so be sure to catch them all. In addition they have displays of artifacts unique to their history. Samoa was our favorite as Kap was the most charismatic presenter. He had my daughter laughing the whole time. All presentations were fun in their own ways and informative. The buffet we purchased wasn't impressive. There was plenty of food you can get at a buffet near home. We were hoping for more Hawaiian dishes to try or island favorites. The HA Breath of Life show was spectacular. This show brought together each and every village cultural presentation. The colors, the music and the dancing was breath taking. The fire dancing is truly a sight to see. My child was glued to the show.
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Melvina67
Walsall
"This place is a `must'"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 18, 2018 NEW
The cultural centre was the highlight of our holiday. If you want to learn about the Hawaiin & Polynesian culture, this is the place to go. We booked the trip through our hotel, it cost $355 per couple & this was the ambassador package. We had a tour guide on the bus that was not only entertaining, but he also educated us on what to expect inside the centre & as he was from Fiji, also about certain customs & how to say `hello' in various tongues. He advised us to eat before entering the centre as there isn't anywhere inside to buy food & because of how much there is to see, there wouldn't also be any time (he was right). He pre-ordered our food for us (you can't use cash, it has to be card) so that it was ready for when we arrived so we didn't have to wait (and it was lovely). The ambassador package includes a tour guide. This is a must! There are 6 villages inside & each has various shows and demonstrations on their individual cultures. There is so much to see and do that there is no way you could do it all in one day, however the ticket you purchase is good for 3 days, which allows you to keep returning to see what you missed. There is also canoe rides & a fantastic show on the river, which is only shown once a day. The guide knows all the various times of the shows & is able to take you from village to village to see a little bit of everything, so they're really a must. If you have purchased a cheaper package you can upgrade to a guide for $27. This also upgrades your luau time slot and seating to the evening show. We did the canoe ride & spear throwing in Tahiti We also saw the Haki & greeting dance in New Zealand, the conch blowing/dancing/ drumming in Tonga, a short film in the Imax cinema & coconut tree climbing/weaving/fire making in Samoa. It truly was amazing, there is so much that goes into each show & they are thoroughly educational as well as entertaining. There were some real characters there who just made us laugh & smile all day. The staff work so hard & you can see how much their traditions and cultures mean to them, they put their hearts and souls into everything they do. They must have been exhausted but they continued into the night at the luau with another show. The luau has different seating times depending on your ticket, we attended the last seating at 6pm & we were greeted with a fresh floral lei and guided to our seats. There was a full pig cooking in the ground (as is the tradition) and it was lifted out when cooked. The buffet consisted of Hawaiian cuisine which included poi, which is a type of starch. The food was fresh, colourful and tasty. There was fresh water and juice on your table which was refilled when empty. The servers were constantly walking around to ensure all guests were comfortable and happy. The day culminated in a show `The Breath of Life' - it was amazing! You're not allowed to photograph or film the show & unfortunately i didn't see any dvd' of it to buy, because i would have done. There was so much that went into it, every island and culture, their dances (including fire dancing, which had to be seen to be believed), and a story of love and family. The overall experience of the day (11 - 10 pm) was one of smiles, laughter, enjoyment and magic of the Polynesian culture. All of it was made possible by the fantastic staff who had constant smiles on their faces, made you feel as though they were happy to see and meet you and gave their all. They even lined up from the luau to guide the way to the theatre, all the while smiling, waving and wishing us `aloha' & `mahalo', it was wonderful. The other thing about the centre is that the students from the nearby college all work there to pay for their tuition, so every time a tourist buys a ticket they are helping a student get an education, which was explained to us on the bus going there, to a huge round of applause. Please, please go, it's fantastic.
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wasabiwahine
"Experience the Polynesian Cultures in one place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2018 NEW
It was on the top of my list of things to do during my fall break on Oahu. We went to all six polynesian villages. We made it back to the Samoan village to sample the meals cooked in the above-ground fire pit --- simple yet so delicious. The evening show was a unique storyline that traveled thru the islands of Polynesia and displayed colorful costumes and dances for each culture. The fire dancing was so amazing. A day well spent.
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Lauretta_j
"Great place to visut"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2018 NEW
Started the day here at opening, then headed straight to a display. Make sure to get a leaflet as details all the timings for displays and demonstrations. From this we were able to plan a route. We enjoyed exploring the park, we found the exhibitions a bit dull so only visited for any of the shows and demonstrations. Tonga was our favourite. The canoe tour at 2.30 was amazing, very enjoyable be sure to sit on the side of Tonga, that way the sun is not in your face. Also make sure to row your own canoe and take a canoe tour. We then had our buffet dinner at 5, which was pleasant in a huge hall. Very tasty food and plenty of it. Now, please don’t make the mistake we did AVOID the tram tour it is not a tour, we felt tricked into going on it for a historical tour. They show you the campus then dump you at their Mormon church for 20mins. We were livid, and felt furious that they were trying to brainwash people by tricking them. Why?!? It put a huge dampener on the day as we realised that perhaps the park was paying for this church. Anyway, the show was really enjoyable, the finale with the fire was great. Please do visit but just go for the cheap option of admission and dinners that way you get to enjoy the park until 5. Oh and avoid the ridiculous religious tour on unknowing tourists. Also reading the above comments by management, it’s not a tour of the town, it’s dumping tourists off at a temple trying to convert them, like why? Stop it!
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Andrew M
Sydney, Australia
"Unforgettable! Amazing day immersed in Polynesian culture."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2018 NEW
On our first family holiday to Hawaii we made the scenic trip (by tour bus - 75 mins) from Waikiki to the Polynesian Cultural Centre. An amazing experience and unforgettable day! We arrived just after midday, and followed the brilliant schedule (activities every half hour) to easily move between the various island exhibits. We loved the cultural displays and performances from Aotearoa (New Zealand), Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii, Samoa and Tonga. At 2.30pm we watched the fantastic show ‘Huki - a new canoe celebration’, and viewed the breathtaking cinematic experience Hawaiian Journey at 6pm. In between our young sons enjoyed a variety of activities including spear throwing, fishing and a canoe ride. We had a delicious buffet dinner at 6.30pm, which preceded the highlight of our day - the extraordinary show ‘HA - Breath of Life’. This is a spectacularly colourful and high-energy 80 min production of Polynesian music, dance, costumes, choreography and storytelling. Visually stunning! A must visit on any trip to Hawaii.
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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.