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.
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. The inclusion of the luau feast depends on package purchased.Alternative Dining Options:
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
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:
Cultural Center offers a variety of packages suitable for any budget.
Choose from half-day or full-day packages, or even late entry packages.
Polynesian Cultural Center Packages
||Polynesian Cultural Center, Dole Plantation & North Shore Tour
You save: $11.00
Duration: 8-10 hours
Combine a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center with a tour of Oahu's North Shore and the Dole Plantation!
||Polynesian Cultural Center - All Day Packages
You save: $7.47
Duration: 9 hours
Spend a day at the Polynesian Cultural Center, one of Oahu's most popular attractions. Watch arts and crafts demonstrations, music and dance shows and enjoy a luau or prime rib dinner.
||Polynesian Cultural Center - General Admission Packages
You save: $2.75
Duration: 6-9 hours
Want to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center, but skip the luau and the evening show? Then the General Admission Only package is just perfect.
||Polynesian Cultural Center - Late Entry Packages
You save: $3.11
Duration: approx. 3-5 hours
Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center for just the luau and/or evening show. This is the ideal package if you are interested in the park's late afternoon and evening activities.
||Polynesian Cultural Center & Oahu Circle Island Tour
You save: $11.90
Duration: approx. 14 hours
Take advantage of this great combo package, perfect to maximize your vacation time! Enjoy an Oahu circle island tour in the morning that takes you to Oahu’s top attractions. Then spend the rest of the day at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Other attractions and things to do at the Polynesian Cultural Center:IMAX Theater:
||Polynesian Cultural Center - Evening Show Options
You save: $9.00
Duration: 6 hours
Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center for just their spectacular evening show (or add on an island buffet dinner). This fabulous production is one of the largest shows in Hawaii!
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."
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.