Polynesian Cultural Center
Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii offers different options for Luaus in Oahu.
The Polynesian Culture Center is located on an incredible
42-acre open air park and offers the ultimate in Polynesian experiences! Of the
many Hawaii attractions this is one popular visitor attraction you don't want
to miss while you are in Oahu! Below is a list of the many visitor sights
offered at the Polynesian Culture Center
There are seven Polynesian villages that showcase the traditional island life of Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, New Zealand, the
Marquesas Islands and Hawaii. The villages are connected by beautiful lush
walking paths and small rivers. Learn
about the culture, traditions and lifestyles of these seven Polynesian island
nations. Witness dance performances, native arts and crafts demonstrations and
learn how to dance the hula, or even how to open a coconut! You also have an
opportunity to take a canoe ride through the park and explore many other things
in the park!
Gates open at 11:45am with access to the food area. Village access opens at 12:00pm until 6:00pm. Dinners, depending on package, are generally between 5:00pm & 7:00pm. The evening show, Ha: Breath of Life is from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. There are limited wheel chair, scooter, & locker rentals. It is best to book them in advance of the day you are going (no reservations are taken for lockers).
Overview of some of the Islands
(Schedule and particular activities or demonstrations may be subject to change without notice)
Islands of Samoa
Presentations at 12:30, 1:30, 3:05, 4:00, & 5:30pm
At the Islands of Samoa area have fun making fire the old fashion way, learn how to crack open Coconuts with just a little pebble and create coconut ‘milk’ with your bare hands! The Samoa exhibits also teach you about how Samoans traditionally prepare food and you can see real authentic living quarters, cooking huts, and a chief’s home! Don’t miss out getting a taste of real Samoan food and culture.
Islands of Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Presentations at 1:00, 3:30, & 4:30pm
At the Islands of Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand) area you’ll learn about Maori culture and the significance of their meeting house and facial tattoos. See the might of the Maori
War Dance at the demonstration of the ‘Haka’ and try out twirling poi balls or playing tititore, a traditional Maori game, at the Islands of Aotearoa. You can even get a Maori tattoo, of course it is temporary or you can observe some of the best carvings to be found in Polynesia and how they’re made.
Islands of Fiji
Presentations at 12:30, 1:30, 3:30, & 4:00pm
Visit and explore the impressive 6 story high Fijian temple here at the Village for the Islands of Fiji, but before entering check with a local on what door to enter or exit because culturally going through the wrong door is a sign of risking death! On the lighter side, you can learn about the significance of the Lali (log drum) and the cowry shells on a structures’ roof. Before leaving the Fiji village, don’t forget to check out the wide array of war weapons native to Fiji culture.
Islands of Hawaii
Presentations at 12:05, 1:30, 3:05, 4:30pm
You definitely can’t miss out on the village for the Islands of Hawaii; after all you are in Hawaii! At this village you can learn basic hula and about the commitment that hula students make to their art. You can also learn about how taro is grown, harvested, cooked and turned into poi. You can even sample a little poi but as a forewarning it can be an acquired taste for some! At the Islands of Hawaii, the villagers will also teach you about the ancient kapu (taboo) system that separated men and women is certain areas or observe villagers crafting leaves and flowers into leis and other items.
Islands of Tahiti
Presentations at 12:30, 1:30, 3:30, 4:30pm
Come show your spear throwing skills at the Islands of Tahiti competition! Everyone is welcome to try their hand at it. You can also stop by the cooking hut and taste some of the delicious Coconut Bread they prepare there. At this village, you can view in-depth demonstrations of women’s and men’s dances and learn why the Tahitians make flower and shell leis. Come visit Tahiti!
Islands of Tonga
Presentations at 12:30, 1:30, 3:05, 4:00, 5:30pm
At the village for the Islands of Tonga you’ll be introduced to Tongan drumming and may even be called up to try it out and help. You can also spend time learning the mauluulu (sitting dance) and the differences between clap sounds and their meanings. Feel free to try your hand against the villagers and play Lafo, the Tongan shuffleboard game. You can also try out spear-throwing here.
The IMAX Movie
This spectacular theater offers the fascinating Hawaiian Journey movie on a huge 65 by 93 foot wide screen! Enjoy the visual effects brought to life through this cinematic experience with customized effects for viewer senses!
The Pageant of Long Canoes
During the day you can witness native islanders showcase their traditional costumes and perform dances on big floating platforms in the park's central lagoon!
Tram Tour of La'ie
The Tram Tour of La'ie features the first temple built outside of the continental United States by the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! Enjoy the temple's amazing architecture as you stroll through the magnificent gardens! You will learn more about the history and people of La'ie and also have an opportunity to stroll into the Visitor Center and witness the 10-foot replica of Thorvaldsen's famous statue "Christus."
The Ali'i Luau Feast
***Inclusion of feast depends on package purchased, there are several options on the ordering pages.
After a fun-filled day at the park, you are invited to join a feast of Hawaiian and continental delicacies at this Oahu luau, which takes place at a secluded, tropical site featuring a 15-foot waterfall. You'll
be greeted with a fragrant flower lei and escorted to your table. Shortly after, you'll witness the traditional imu ceremony, in which a whole roast pig
is taken out of its underground oven and carried away to become a part of the
On the all-you-can-eat buffet table you'll find Hawaiian classics, such as lomi lomi salmon, poke, poi, huli huli chicken, fresh fish, purple sweet potatoes and of course, the kalua pig from the imu ceremony. There are also some all American favorites to satisfy every appetite. And leave some room for dessert. The pies and puddings are delicious! All beverages at the
Polynesian Cultural Center luau are non-alcoholic.
Try the New Samoan Island Style Luau as Well!
This new Luau at Polynesian Cultural Center is held in the midst of the Samoan Village. This Luau focuses on the tastes and culture of Samoa but still offers some authentic Hawaiian dishes as well! Don't miss out on the keike fire-knife dancing, other dances, and interactive activities at this brand new luau!
Your evening is topped off by the fabulous "Ha: Breath of Life" show. It's one of the largest night shows in Hawaii featuring a cast of more than 100 performers from across Polynesia. It takes place in a large, specially-built open-air theater in the park. The Polynesian Cultural Center offers a variety of packages suitable for any budget. Choose from just a day experience admission or admission & show to full day packages, or even late entry packages!
The Polynesian Cultural Center is a non-profit organization Alcoholic beverages are not permitted or sold on the grounds.
Caffeine-free Coca-Cola, coffee and tea are available There are designated smoking areas available No flash pictures are allowed during the night show performance Passport to Polynesia lets kids take home a stamp and a great memory - from each island culture they visit.
Parking available for $8 dollars. (Subject to change without notice.)
Located in Laie at 55-370 Kamahamea Hwy.