Polynesian Cultural Center
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12:45 PM - 8:45 PM
Monday
12:45 PM - 8:45 PM
Tuesday
12:45 PM - 8:45 PM
Thursday
12:45 PM - 8:45 PM
Friday
12:45 PM - 8:45 PM
Saturday
12:45 PM - 8:45 PM
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The Polynesian Cultural Center, voted the #1 attraction in Hawaii by USA Today, is located along the famous North Shore of Oahu. Explore 42 acres of tropical splendor featuring 6 authentic villages representing the island cultures of Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tahiti, and Tonga. Mingle with Pacific islanders as they share the majesty of their culture through music, dance and traditional hands-on activities. Our most popular dining option is the award-winning Ali’i Luau. This royal feast blends a delicious array of island and mainland dishes with the excitement of authentic island entertainment from across Polynesia. Finish your adventure though the power of “Ha: Breath of Life,” an action-packed evening show. Ignited by fire, song and dance featuring over 100 Polynesian performers, this story of passion will make this day a truly unforgettable experience. The Polynesian Cultural Center: all of Polynesia in one exciting place.
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Eddie T
Calgary, Canada55 contributions
Nov 2022
The Polynesian Cultural Center offers a unique way to really appreciate the Polynesian culture, including the indigenous traditions not only from Hawaii but from the rest of Polynesia as well (Tonga, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Easter Island, etc). The grounds are huge and very well maintained, and the personnel working there are friendly and accommodating. Activities on the grounds are plentiful and varied, i.e. there are dancing shows, movies, art displays, canoe rides, etc to be enjoyed at the premises.

We booked a package that included dinner and access to the "Ha: Breath of Life" evening show. The dinner was very good and well organized, and the selection of dishes was very large. Thankfully it offered vegetarian options as well.

I enjoyed the evening show, the performers were very good and it included very impressive audiovisuals. Perhaps it is a bit long, it could be maybe shortened some 20 minutes though thankfully the show never feels particularly dull or boring, though it may feel a tad long.

The only complaint (for the lack of a better word) is that the grounds open only at 12:30 pm, which leaves only a few hours to visit all islands. Considering that dinner starts being served at 4:30 pm and attendance at that time is encouraged to avoid lineups, that leaves very limited time to visit all islands and truly absorb the culture. Even though the ticket is basically good for 3 days, in reality it is impractical to repeat visits all the way from Honolulu.
Written November 14, 2022
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Larry M
Vancouver, Canada308 contributions
Jan 2022
First, the overview. This theme park is a series of six “villages” representing Poly and Micronesian culture. There are ½ - ¾ hour “shows” at each village scheduled intermittently over the afternoon; in addition, there are three or four “activities” at each village where you participate informally in small groups playing games, learning crafts, etc. If you wanted to absolutely everything, you’d probably want to stay two days; most people won’t. That said, if doing the one-day thing, I’d recommend being there when the venue opens early in the afternoon – there’s enough to do. Your ticket is good for three days, but note that the venue is closed Wednesday and Sunday, so plan accordingly. If staying, the Marriott Courtyard is a good choice. The PCC website pushes a number of packages; based on Trip Advisor reports, we passed on the packages in favour of the cheaper general admission, and missing the luau (or buffet) and evening activity, but eating at Pounder’s restaurant (which, like the rest of Laie, is dry - be forewarned!).
Written February 20, 2022
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Carolynne A
Oakville, Canada125 contributions
Feb 2022
Overall we had a great time at the Polynesian Cultural Center. We took a semi-private guided tour (which I recommend because the place is really big with lots to see) and our guide, like all of the guides, was a student at the BYU school next door. There's too much to see in one day, but with the guide, we were able to catch most of the better and more interesting shows/demonstrations. All of the people working in each nation are from that nation which I really liked and enjoyed.

The Ha Breath of Life show in the evening is particularly good. The dancers and the fire spinners were just amazing.

The luau with the dinner had a nice show, but the food was just okay. They did welcome us with a really delicious smoothie which made up for the fact that they don't serve alcohol.

Keep in mind, it's a full, long day experience. It doesn't open until 12 noon or so and we didn't leave until after the show around 9 PM. The ticket that they give you allows you to come back multiple days which you would need to do in order to see everything, although we just spent the one whole day and I felt satisfied with the experience.

Just wanted to mention as well that the whole place is owned or run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but there was no preaching or mention of that anywhere, other than all of the guides being students of the religious university next door. Not saying that's a bad thing, I'm just mentioning it in case that matters to someone.

Overall, I recommend the center and the show, but I would skip the dinner in the future.
Written March 11, 2022
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The Travelling Soldier
Ludowici, GA65 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
The concept of the PCC is admirable in that it employs college students on the attached campus giving them an opportunity to obtain an education while working. Our tour guide, Line from Tonga, was great and made the experience of touring the center a great one. The part that takes this review down to 3 stars is the luau and the evening show. First of all, going into the luau entrance our 21 month old kid was told he could NOT have a lei, which surprised our tour guide as well, some he received one earlier when we checked in for our Super Ambassador Tour. (Note: when the luau ended there were many leis on the rack at the entrance that were personally thrown away due to the flowers withering since the center is not open on Wednesdays) The food for the luau was bland and the servers were stingy when passing out the pork and fish. Also, we were not informed that there was ice cream and children’s dishes available on the opposite side of the arena. The late show was simply a repeat/review of the things we learned throughout the afternoon and many folks were falling asleep until the last 15 minutes of a two hour presentation when the fire dance was performed. Disappointing trip to the other side of the island for the most part. NOTE: We attended the Luau at the Hale Koa two nights later & it was entertaining, educational, and fun for the entire family and the food was delicious for less than half the price!
Written November 4, 2022
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MsRayne
Roswell, GA305 contributions
Sep 2022
Where do I start? The center and individual islands don't open until noon, so I started my visit at Hukilau Marketplace, enjoying a delicious lunch at Hale Pops Hot Dogs and Fries. The food was amazing, and the hearty toppings definitely filled me up. Then I did a little shopping with local merchants for gifts and trinkets to take back home. They offered some of the best sarongs & jewelry for an affordable price. Once the islands opened, I opted to take the free canoe ride and had an amazing guide who mixed history with comical commentary as we floated by each island. You can walk from each Island Village to the other and experience something different at each stop. The islands are Hawaii, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga and Easter Island. Ther are temporary tattoos, dance and hula lessons, musical storytelling, fight demonstrations, Poi tastings, tree climbing demos, clay oven cooking and so much more! Then we enjoyed a beautiful buffet style Luai, where we were received with Leis and delicious drinks in a pineapple, followed by an evening show. This review does it no justice, you just have to go!
Written October 14, 2022
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BG
Ridgefield Park, NJ3 contributions
Aug 2022
This is the best way to experience Polynesian Culture without going to the various islands. Each island featured a village and had presentaitons and shows on the culture of the island. It was made more authnetic by the fact that many of the workers are students from the Polynesian islands. We met a very nice student named Teihani Gendron and she impressed us with stories about her island Nuku Hiva. We regret not getting her contact info to stay in touch. The overall experience impressed my young 14 year old son and he wanted us to return the next day.

As a High School teacher, I was very happy to learn that part of the fee is used for scholarships for the numerous studnets who are working throughout the center.
Written August 27, 2022
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ITRT
Virginia37,941 contributions
Mar 2022
The Polynesian Cultural Center has six island villages representing the cultures of Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga. We purchased the general admission and did the self-tour. This way we focused on the things we really wanted to do or see. One ticket gets you 3 consecutive days to the park, but they are closed on Sunday and Wednesday. There are so many things to do and see that it will take more than one day to really see it all. Entrance is through The Marketplace which consists of food places and shops. Each island has a mini show representing that specific culture, activity, food to sample and homes and other important buildings of their culture. First, we took a narrated tour ride through the lagoon on a 30-passenger canoe. We spent time at Aotearoa, Samoa, Hawaii and Tonga villages. Samoa was my favorite. We saw the making of fire with two sticks, cooking of Samoan food in an outdoor kitchen, and someone climbing the coconut tree barefoot. Most of the staff are students of the nearby university who are given scholarships for their schooling by representing their culture and work at the center. The grounds are beautiful, well-maintained, and clean. Visit the Center and find your favorite village.
Written April 1, 2022
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TripInsider
Southwest Gulf Coast, FL261 contributions
Sep 2022
We’ve visited the PCC on several occasions, but this was our first visit during a downpour. The rain started as we entered from the car park and were about to join our tour…..we stood under cover by the restrooms, then made a dash to the closest store to buy ponchos. The PCC was ready! We paid our $3 and soon joined the colorful poncho-covered group, met our BYU guide and assistant, and began our tour. The tour was well arranged to keep our group inside the different island venues until the storm passed. We did take the canoe ride thru the village, but learned the large tribal celebration was not yet rescheduled after the pandemic.The tennis shoes were ok on the paths and floors, crocs would work well too, but flip flops and leather sandals did not look very comfortable on the wet pathways. Shorts would be protected by the ponchos; pants or jeans would have really soaked up the rain. Umbrellas were allowed during our visit. Plenty of clean and dry restrooms available.
Several of our tour group were hungry, and we had to wait while they stopped for sandwiches. Note: please eat lunch before tour starts, as a courtesy to your guides and group.
We were greeted at the luau entrance with our fresh floral leis. The luau was better than remembered, featuring a gracious and delightful emcee, who made us all very welcome. There was a special storyline about the Hawaiian Queen Lili’uokalani, and a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. Entertainers performed on stage as we waited for our turns in line. The food was excellent, elaborate, and authentic, described in a table brochure, and included the stone-fired whole pig, beef, a couple different preparations of fish and chicken and pork, a poke bar, a salad bar, side dishes, vegan entrees, desserts, beverages. Menu designates gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan items. Dinner was under roof, as was the finale, HA : Breath of Life. Service was orderly and efficient, lines kept moving and the buffet tables were kept filled and neat.
HA was also better than we remembered. Was it the spectacular fire act? Standing ovation for the performance!
We were dry by dinner and made it back to our Waikiki hotel without rain. And we were glad we made the trip! A most memorable day in the Pacific Islands!
This is our favorite Oahu experience. The BYU students are outstanding guides and cast members.
Written September 17, 2022
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Wikumj
Bromley, UK202 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
While the tickets are quite expensive it’s a packed full day exploring the different areas or ‘islands’, a tasty dinner (we went for the buffet rather than the luau as it’s cheaper and leaves more time for the islands) and awesome evening show with fire and dancing.

The park only opens at midday which is a shame as we would have liked to have more time there. It’s difficult to see all the islands on one day (though the ticket allows entry for three days) but it is possible to see most of it. Each island gives a 20 minute presentation on the hour, and then you are given time to do the activities on each island - often simple games, before moving to the next ‘island’.

If there’s one suggestion I think they could make an educational exhibit at each island, like a mini museum, that explains more of the history of each island. The islands were more about fun and games and immersion than learning.

The buffet dinner was delicious with a massive range, and in fact was one of the best meals we had in Oahu. We didn’t feel bad for missing the luau.

The day ends with a show in the amphitheater which was a great spectacle, telling a simple story about life and growing up, with all the islands’ cultural dances represented.

It was convenient getting the bus transport option . This was a very comfortable air conditioned bus and also informative as the bus driver kept us entertained on the way there.
Written August 8, 2022
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Traveler M
Capers Bend74 contributions
Jun 2021
It was wonderful to be able to experience the culture of various Polynesian islands through the center's activities. It might seem like a steep price tag for admission at first, but the ticket gains you access to various mini-shows, presentations, and stands where staff explain the culture to you in a kind of open-air museum format. All luaus throughout the Hawaiian islands seemed to be booked during our visit, so visiting the center was a great chance to learn more about Polynesian cultures, and since many of the staff perform at local luaus we perhaps got a taste of what we would have experienced. We especially enjoyed renewing our vows at a traditional Tahitian ceremony, the boat ride through the park with our guide Alex from the island of California(!) and the Samoan presentation.
Written June 27, 2021
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