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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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Twixythrasher
Gilbert, Arizona
"Tourist trap"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2017 NEW
Although we did not have time to go in to the center itself we went to the open market on the outside. Very disappointed with it. All the little shops carried the same stuff as an ABC store. The candy shops chocolates were not that great at all and just seemed very much like a tourist trap. Would not recommend stopping here at all.
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Nguyen T
"Nice overview of Polynesian culture"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2017 NEW
This is my second trip to Oahu and I decided to take my family to the PCC (ambassador package) to get a first hand experience with the native culture and we are glad that we did it. Beside visiting some of the village (you won't have time to do them all in 1 day) and learning their unique culture, there is a chance for us to see the parade (so do come early or you will miss it). The high light of the visit is the "Ha" show at the end of the day. The dinner buffet before the show was decent and they even gave me a leis at dinner. There are some tropical food stalls with reasonable price to check out near the shopping village. The bonus of the trip is we got to meet some friendly, energetic student from BYU that lead the tours. You can even come back within a few days with no charge to revisit the center if you desire.
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Claudia M
Irvine, California
"Great place but not for kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2017 NEW
Good place but kids get bored and special needs especially are NOT going to like it! Our autistic son had such a hard time we had to leave and so did other people with kids. Our son is older but special needs. It is a lot of the same thing over and over.
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Peter G
Sierra Vista, Arizona
"Great Island Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2017 NEW
If you don't know much about the Pacific Islands, not just Hawaii but all the other Pacific islands, then this is a must visit location for you. Great atmosphere and lots of loving entertainers, anxious to inform you about their particular island culture. There are lots of activities, so get there early so that you can spend the whole day enjoying this place. Canoe rides and a parade of islands on canoes, cultural activities, shows, luaus, and plenty of opportunities to ask questions, take pictures, and truly take-in what each island culture is like. This was a great place to visit! "Ha, The Breath of Life" show was incredible! Admission is a bit pricey but well worth the cost. I am retired military, so we purchased tickets at one of the ITT/ITRs in Honolulu before arriving to save on cost. We appreciated the recognition of being a former military member while there as well. I would recommend this place to anyone who is visiting Oahu.
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Jason C
"PCC is NOT LBGT Friendly - Warning To Any Potential LGBT Visitors"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2017 NEW
The PCC itself along with all the activities are nice. My husband and I would have enjoyed the experience much better if it were not for the two separate incidents of anti-LGBT treatment from the PCC staff. The first incident was while we were gathered together with the rest of our tour group and the guide was going around putting a lei on everyone in the group. There were some straight couples with children, some singles, and some young straight couples. The guide made a point of asking my husband and I what our relationship was. He asked this of nobody else in the group except for us. When we said we were married his reaction was clearly unfriendly. Again, note that he only asked us and nobody else and I believe he intended to make a point about it (this is a religious institution afterall). We felt so uncomfortable after this that we left the tour group and just did our own thing. The second incident came later in the day when my husband and I were waiting in line to be let into the Luau. One of the families (husband, wife, teen daughter, teen son) that was in our tour group was in line in front of us. The family was there with the replacement tour guide (the same one doesn't stay with you the whole day I guess) and the son said to the father "look there are the gays from earlier". The father said "where" and the son pointed to my husband and I. The tour guide then said "they're everywhere" but not in a supportive tone. Believe me after 40 years of experience I have come to know the difference between someone who is pro-LGBT and one who is anti-LGBT and the tour guide was clearly the latter. Anyhow, the staff culture is certainly anti-LGBT at this place, so I would not recommend a visit to pro-LGBT people.

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.