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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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Ciinnddyy
"Not what we were expecting "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 28, 2017 NEW
We didn't research this experience enough before making the trip. I wish we had! Not worth visiting if you're looking for an in depth cultural experience. May be suitable for young kids and families. It was quite expensive even with our Avis car rental discounts (1 free admission with the coupon from the magazine they give you when hire the car). Luckily we did not go for the attempted up sell of dinner and show too. I was hoping to learn more about Polynesians culture and history. The centre is mostly comprised of performances. There were no detailed museum like information boards. I wanted to learn more about their history from then until now... No information about Hawaiian modern history or a timeline of their culture and history. We saw a colourful 20 minute dance performance from a handful of Polynesian countries on floats. The rest of the shows are run in 30 min intervals and we felt a little lost as to where we had to go next. I'm sure a lot of people would enjoy this experience, it just wasn't for us.
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lolzgc
Gold Coast
"Even though it rained, we had a wonderful day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2017 NEW
We booked the Ambassador Package and then excepted the bbq lunch they offer on the shuttle ride there. It was worth every cent and we were very happy we went with all of that. It rained and we were given free ponchos and carried on having a great day. My daughter spotted mobility scooters at the entrance and after they advised us anyone could rent them (not just for people that need them) we decided to pay $40 each for a scooter for the whole day and it was so much fun scootering all over the park. To walk it though looked like it would have been fine as the walk between villages is not very far. The Park was beautiful The Villages were fun and informative The food was good And the final show was awesome. It's a long day but it goes fast and you still don't have time to get thru everything and unfortunately we didn't have time to come back again for free. I highly recommend the Polynesian Cultural Center and as a Polynesian myself (NZ Maori) it made me feel so proud to be Polynesian. I also love how the money we spend goes towards helping offer College Scholarships to the student's who work at the Park. Such a wonderful day and I highly recommended going. Tonga Village was our favourite as they pulled my husband up and it was very funny :)
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djl81076
Warrenton, Virginia
"Ruined our day"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2017 NEW
We bought our tickets online for the 6pm luau (buffet and show) and arrived at 4:30pm. Along with at least four other families, we were told that our tickets were for 4pm, even though we showed them our tickets said 6pm, and told all of us that the 6pm buffet and show was sold out. What we deduced was that the 6pm show had actually been cancelled and, although they had our contact information, none of us were notified. This was our last night in Hawaii and was supposed to be the grand finale of our trip. Now we will leave the island with the memory that "Polynesian Culture" is rude, dishonest, lazy, irresponsible, and unsympathetic.
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davidV1642TR
Auckland Region, New Zealand
"Great Show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2017 NEW
This has long been one of the must-do tourist attractions in our aloha state. Lost track of the number of times I've gone over the years.
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PhotogMomof4
Rochester, New York
"Lots to see and do!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2017 NEW
We really enjoyed the experience at the PCC. The demonstrations, hands-on activities and learning opportunities are all great! We really enjoyed with dance show on the canoes and the luau is wonderful! Beautiful landscaping as well, so there are great places to take photos all over the place. I definitely agree with other reviewers that say they should have longer hours. We had to eat at the earlier luau unless we paid an extra $25 per person (not cheap with a family of 6!) but we needed more time. Going back for free is a nice option, but we were staying in Waikiki, so it was just too much out of our way to go back. They should really open at 10 AM for the price so you can get more out of the experience.

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.