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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CalgaryLady94
Calgary
"Fabulous All Around!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
We did the alil luau package with our 8 and 13 year old girls. Having been at the PCC 11 years ago, my hubby and I knew a tour guide wasn't needed the second time around. This gave us time to explore on our own without being shepherded from one spot to the next. The map of the park provides the show times for each island. Both girls loved the park and we never heard "I'm bored" from beginning to end. There is too much to do and see. The girls loved the fishing (and my oldest was thrilled to have caught two fish) at Tahiti and the rowing at the Tonga island. The fresh made poi at Hawaii definitely tasted better than at the luau, and who can resist Tahitian coconut bread? The Samoan show is hilarious, although the jokes were much the same as when hubby and I visited in 2006. The food at the luau buffet was fabulous, although the girls were freaked by the pig head beside the cutting station! The dinner show was great. The Ha performance was amazing. Really liked the storyline. We purchased our tickets direct from the PCC online and got a discount by booking more than 10 days ahead. We also took advantage of being able to return, and were able to fit in a couple of hours before we flew home. This time, we made it to the movie theater (although I personally don't like 4D, I didn't realise there were seats without the spraying), which was good. This time, we ate at the Pounders restaurant and ended up with our best supper of our whole visit. The mahi mahi dishes were fabulous (one crusted with mac nuts and the other was the catch of the day). The kids cheeseburger wasn't the greatest but the fish and chips were good. I can definitely see us returning to the PCC in the future if we return to Oahu. Muhalo for such a fabulous time. It was very obvious how hard these students work to make the center so great.
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Karen D
Portland, Oregon
"Wonderful day trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
This is a fantastic place to spend a day learning about various polynesian cultures. The grounds are beautiful and each village provides wonderful presentations and exhibits. The luau dinner was really good and the special evening show was amazing. I would recommend this place to everyone as a spot not to miss.
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maryan5431
Vancouver, Canada
"Great way to spend a day learning about Polynesia"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2017 NEW
We weren’t sure what to expect but were pleasantly surprised. It is well worth it to spend the extra money and upgrade to the Ambassador package. You get a designated guide who will ensure you get to see and do what you’d like to. Our guide Delphia (potato) was amazing! The staff (students) make you feel like Ohana from the moment you board the bus. The shows are enjoyable and you learn tons! Great way to spend a day in Oahu!
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Rodney B
Waukesha
"Beautiful Grounds, Entertaining Presentations"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2017 NEW
Visited here with my wife while staying in the area. We bought the Ali'i Luau Package which included entrance to the cultural center, a luau dinner, and the evening show. The center is made up of villages of the different Polynesian cultures that make up Hawaii. They have a presentation or show of some sort at each village as well as things to see and do. We were told we would only need a couple of hours to explore but one could easily spend all day here. Luckily entrance is good for three days if you want to come back. We only saw a small part of it but we got to taste Tongan food, learn to play a song on a Ukelele, listen to live music, watch an Imax movie about Hawaii, and laugh at corny jokes. There are plenty of shops as well. They also have canoe rides, a boat parade, wood carvers and much more. We didn't see everything, and there is plenty in history for those wanting to take the time to read and ask questions. It's a fun day worth a visit.
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Kim H
"Wonderful Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
My friend and I booked the Ambassador Tour for the Polynesian Cultural Center, which includes a small group tour, the luau dinner and reserved seats at the evening show The Breath of Life. I highly recommend this package, I feel that it was a great experience well worth the money. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. He guided us through the center to the different villages in perfect timing with their performances. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Polynesian Culture. Our favourite village was Samoa, Kap (the Samoan Chief) put on entertaining show complete with lots of belly laughter from the audience while providing unique insight into Samoan culture. The luau dinner was buffet style with a show. The food was very good and the show was entertaining. Breath of Life. This was the highlight of the Polynesian Cultural Center for me. The show was spectacular. Absolutely breathtaking.
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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.