Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center is a large, 42-acre open air park where you can completely immerse yourself into the culture, customs and music of Polynesia. Often called a “living museum,” this is Oahu’s #1 paid attraction. Here is an overview of what there is to see and do:
Among the Polynesian Cultural Center’s main attractions are the seven Polynesian villages, which showcase the traditional island life of Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, New Zealand (Aotearoa), the Marquesas and Hawaii.
Watch ancient arts and crafts demonstrations, such as carving tiki statues, dancing with fire knives, making fire by rubbing stick together and climbing on palm trees barefooted. Or learn how to dance the hula or how to open a coconut! Each island village also features traditional music and dance performances. You can also take a canoe ride down the river that runs through the park.
Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center’s state-of-the-art IMAX Theater to watch a movie that will immerse you in another world. Go on a Hawaiian Journey through majestic mountains, imposing volcanoes and roaring waterfalls.
The Pageant of Long Canoes
This exciting presentation takes place in the park’s central lagoon. Watch native islanders showcase their traditional costumes and perform dances on big floating platforms.
Tram Tour of Laie
Take a tram tour of the town of Laie and visit 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 Laie and also have an opportunity to see the 10-foot replica of Thorvaldsen's famous statue "Christus."
Ali'i Luau Feast
After a fun-filled day at the park, you are invited to join a feast of Hawaiian and continental American delicacies, which takes place at a tropical site within the park 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 luau buffet.
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. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted or sold in the park.
***Inclusion of luau feast depends on package purchased.
Alternative Dining Options
As an alternative to the popular Ali'i Luau, you can enjoy the Ambassador Prime Rib Buffet and feast on succulent prime rib, teriyaki chicken, island fish and a large variety of vegetables, salads, rice and potatoes.
The Evening Show
Your evening is topped off by the fabulous "Ha: Breath of Life" show. It is one of the largest 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.
Polynesian Cultural Center Packages
The Polynesian Cultural Center offers a variety of packages suitable for any budget. Choose from half-day or full-day packages, or even late entry packages.
The Polynesian Cultural Center is located in Laie on Oahu’s northeastern shore. It’s about a 1-hour drive from Waikiki. Add roundtrip transportation (in a comfortable motorcoach) to your package. Pick-up is from Waikiki area hotels. If you plan to drive yourself, parking at the Center is available for $8. (Subject to change without notice.)
Polynesian Cultural Center Activities Schedule
Gates open at 11:45 am. Village access opens at 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm. The luau dinner is between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. The evening show is from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Hawaiian Hula Dancer
Fijian Royal Bed
Canoe in Aotearoa Village
Pageant of the Long Canoes Show
Alii Court Procession
Samoan Fire-Knife Dance