Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, HI

55-370 Kamehameha HighwayLaie, Oahu, HI 96762
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Overview

Spanning over 42 acres, the Polynesian Cultural Center is home to living museum and theme park centered around Polynesian culture. The center features eight simulated tropical villages, IMAX® shows, canoe rides and parades, special events, daytime exhibits and the Hā–Breath of Life evening show. Guests can also experience the renowned Ali’i Luau, considered one of the best and most authentic luaus on Oahu.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Laie, Oahu Travel Experts
  • Located 75 minutes from Honolulu.
  • Complimentary Waikiki hotel shuttle service is available.
  • Various dinner, luau, and show packages available for purchase.
  • Bring a camera, comfortable shoes, and appropriate attire.
  • Mingle with natives from Pacific cultures in genuine village replicas.
  • Bring cash and shop at the Hukilau Marketplace and specialty shops for a perfect souvenir.

Description

from Polynesian Cultural Center
Choose from a variety of packages and get set to see why the Polynesian Cultural Center is Hawaii's #1 Paid Attraction. Explore and experience eight island villages and exhibits representing the Islands of Aotearoa New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, Marquesas, Rapa Nui, Tonga, and Tahiti.

Learn firsthand from the native peoples of each island with interactive demonstrations that teach you the games, fun, and friendship of Polynesia. Get a temporary tattoo, catch a fish or learn to dance one of the exciting hip shaking dances of Tahiti. See an active Polynesian voyaging canoe up close and learn how to make fire. Plus, enjoy the exciting Rainbows of Paradise canoe pageant showcasing the songs and dances of each island culture on the Center’s winding lagoon.

Give your feet a rest and take a relaxing tram tour through Laie town to see the surrounding community, then cap off your adventure in Hawaii’s only IMAX™ theater to learn about the importance of coral reefs with a Coral Reef Adventure.

Discover for yourself why the Polynesian Cultural Center's Alii Luau has justifiably inherited the deeper meanings of Hawaiian hospitality and joy inherent in this ancient feast, and add this unforgettable experience to your Hawaiian vacation.

Please note that due to the Polynesian Cultural Center being a family attraction which is closely associated to and predominantly an employer of college students, alcohol is not served or allowed to be consumed anywhere on the premises.

Ambassador Dinner-Show Admission after 5:00 pm
Ali'i Luau Dinner-Show Admission after 5:00 pm
Show Only Admission after 7:00 pm; seating available only in the upper level of the Pacific Theater.

General Admission to the villages from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

There is no charge for children under age 5 unless they plan to occupy a reserved seat at the evening show.

Optional Pick-up Points in Waikiki
1st Pick up*, 2nd Pick up*
1. Ala Moana Hotel (wait on Mahukona Street) 10:00 am, 12:00 pm
2. Ilikai Renaissance (on Hobron Lane) 10:00 am, 12:00 pm
3. Hilton Hawaiian Village (Tapa Tower Bus Depot) 10:05 am, 12:05 pm
4. Waikiki Gateway (Olohana Street side) 10:10 am, 12:10 pm
5. Sheraton Waikiki (bus terminal) 10:15 am, 12:15 pm
6. Waikiki Trade Center (Seaside Avenue curbside) 10:20 am, 12:20 pm
7. Hyatt Regency Hotel (back entrance facing Koa Avenue) 10:25 am, 12:25 pm
8. Waikiki Beach Marriott (bus area near corner of Paoakalani St.) 10:30 am, 12:30 pm

Oahu Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
Michael Ricker
Omaha, NE
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Excellent - Glad we Went"
January, 2019
Great way to understand the Polynesian culture. Dinner and luau were excellent. Ha Breath of Life performance was tremendous.

Spend the extra money to get the guided Ambassador tour.
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Claudia Cobos
CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent !!!!"
August, 2018
It was a wonderfull day with my family, many activities, shows of island's culture, the dinnig was delicious and the show was wonderfull
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Tip: Great place, you must go !

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aureliano diaz
san diego, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Two thumbs up"
April, 2015
A one of a kind ofexperience
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sue h
San Jose, California
"A bit pricey, but an excellent educational opportunity especially for young kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2019 NEW
Thoroughly enjoyed this. There was something for everyone— especially recommend the cultural presentation/comedy routine put on by Samoa, Kap and his act was hilarious! The boat dance was great, the interactive cultural activities for kids were spot on. Wish we could have spent longer here.
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4Evaaaa
Calgary, Canada
"Amazing visit! Amazing people!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
I loved it! I would say though that the luau and the boat shows are not my favorite ever. The boat show was awesome last time we saw it but was very La La Land this time which as you can imagine isn't very Polynesian. So that was strange. And the luau left us wondering if we had just witnessed a story line or not. Very cool but also a bit out there. However, all the stuff on the inside of the grounds is really great! Would definitely visit again!
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DaveandSue P
Boise, Idaho
"Great place for cultural knowledge"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
We spent 3 days visiting the exhibits and programs at the center. They put on great programs and give you a vast amount of information about the people from the islands of the world. The food and entertainment were great, Will definitely return again.
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584charmainet
Manitoba, Canada
"Never got bored in the 9 hours we were there"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
This was one of the more memorable things we did while on the Hawaiian islands. We learned so much about the culture and history of the Polynesian Islands. If you book the Ambassador package, you get a tour guide to bring you around the Center with a small group, so that you don't miss any of the shows. Well worth it. We didn't have to look at a map once and she made it a lot of fun. Fany, our guide, also impressed us with her great appreciation for what the Center offers her and other students, as she was was one of the scholarship recipients to be able to go to BYU. She thanked us so many times for being there as it supports the students, many that would not be able to attend university without these scholarships. It also gives these young people a chance to learn more about their own heritage and share it with others. We had a great day, and even though it started to rain mid-afternoon, there were lots of buildings and shelters to duck into where the presentations continued. They also handed out rain ponchos to those that were with tour guides. The Ambassador package also gives you a 6:00 Luau time. This is important. If you go to the earlier Luau you miss out on 1.5 hours of other shows and presentations that close at 6:00. Then you would be waiting around for the evening show that starts at 7:30 with nothing to do but shop in their stores. The evening show, Ha Breath of Life, was spectacular. The dancers and fire stunts were nothing less than professional. It had a great story line and was the perfect end to the day. One tip, don't linger after the final show if you are catching a bus back to the hotel. I decided to visit the restroom and we ended up on the last bus that had to wait an extra 30 minutes in case there were any stragglers. I would have hurried to catch one of the earlier buses if I had realized.
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Familyfan6
Ottawa, Canada
"Loved the Luau!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
We arrived at the centre around 430 pm without tickets and having been thoroughly confused by the website the evening before, we weren’t quite sure what we wanted to do. Thrilled to find the. $44 Luau option. Terrific meal and great entertainment. Very family friendly. Great way to spend an evening.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Polynesian Cultural Center

Where is the Polynesian Cultural Center located?
They are located in the small town of Laie, located on the northeast end of Oahu. Allow yourself approximately a 75-minute drive from Honolulu.

How much is parking?
Parking is FREE.

Can I bring my camera?
Guests are welcome to take as many personal pictures or video recordings at the Center as they wish, but no flash photography or video is allowed during the evening show, Ha: Breath of Life, as the light is blinding to the performers on stage and other guests in the darkened theater.

Do you offer wheelchair, stroller or locker rentals?
The Polynesian Cultural Center provides guests a limited number of wheelchairs and strollers available with advanced reservations by calling them directly. There is a $20 deposit fee, $15 of which will be refunded when the wheelchair or stroller is returned. A limited number of day lockers are available near the front entrance on a first-come basis for a small rental fee.

Is the Polynesian Cultural Center wheelchair accessible?
All major areas of the Polynesian Cultural Center - including the Laie Temple Visitors Center tours are accessible to those in wheelchairs. Guests using wheelchairs at our lu'au or Ha: Breath of Life evening show will either be invited to transfer to a seat if they choose to do so, or will be invited to sit in any of our wheelchair section.

When are the times for each activity?
The Polynesian Cultural Center is open Monday through Saturday Noon to 5:00 pm. Ali’l Luau seating begins between 4:45 pm – 5:00 pm and concludes at 6:30pm. Ha! seating begins at 7:00 pm and concludes at 9:15 pm. 

If my child is under 5 years, are they free?
Yes, children 0-4 are free admission into the Cultural Center. They are considered a lap child for the show venues.