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:
The Park: 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.
Ali'i Luau: 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: 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
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.