Polynesian Cultural Center (Top Oahu Attractions & Sights), Oahu tours & activities, fun things to do in Oahu | HawaiiActivities.com
Top Oahu Attractions & Sights
Polynesian Cultural Center
4.58
The Polynesian Cultural Center is home to the famous Alii Luau and world's largest Polynesian night show! Located in Laie on the northeast shore of Oahu, Polynesian Cultural Center's facilities feature six native Pacific islands and demonstrations of the daily traditions of the people of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and Maori. Take part in fun activities for all ages and watch authentic cultural performances. It's no wonder that Polynesian Cultural Center is Hawaii's top paid attraction!
About Polynesian Cultural Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center opened to provide jobs for students of Brigham Young University (BYU), Hawaii on October 12th, 1963. Today, Polynesian Cultural Center spans 42 acres of land in Laie. A large part of the local community, Polynesian Cultural Center provides scholarships to BYU students both from Hawaii and international countries. The center features a variety of Polynesian cultures in a fun, engaging way that allows them to share their unique cultures and traditions even as they keep them alive.



Highlights
    • Hawaii's top attraction with tons of family-friendly activities
    • All-day attractions that you explore at your own pace
    • A spectacular luau show and buffet with fine-dining option
    • Six different Polynesian villages featuring unique cultures
    • Multiple shows and performances featured throughout the day

    Package Options

    There are many ways to enjoy the Polynesian Cultural Center. We have organized our package selections so you can easily select the best plan for you and your group.

      Oahu Island Sightseeing Tour & Polynesian Cultural Center Day Pass, Dinner & Show Packages: You don't want to waste your precious vacation time. Why not combine your island sightseeing tour and a visit to Polynesian Cultural Center, all in one day?  Absolutely recommended to our first-time visitors!
      All-Day Pass with Dinner & Show Packages: Enjoy everything the Polynesian Cultural Center has to offer. Packages include All-Day Admission, Dinner at Alii Luau or Gateway Buffet, and tickets to the evening show “Ha: Breath of Life".
      Addmission Only or Show Only: Customize your day at PCC with a la carte booking options. Purchase the Day Admission for a self-guided tour through the 6 Polynesian Villages or purchase show tickets for the spectacular night show “Ha: Breath of Life”.


    Dining Options

    Feast on a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet! Dinner availability based on your ticket purchase.

    • The Alii Luau Buffet is the most popular dining option, which includes a luau show in addition to your all-you-can-eat dinner.
    • The Gateway Buffet is a family-friendly dining option that offers a variety of dishes that will please any palate. Perfect for kids and picky


     
    Island Villages & Activities


    Village of Tahiti:

    The Tahitian village offers a once-a-day performance of a traditional Tahitian wedding ceremony. See the famous hip-shaking Tahitian dance, and stand up and learn it yourself! Taste delicious handmade coconut bread, fish with bamboo poles, and see how coconut oil is made.

    • Learn the alluring Tahitian dance & witness a traditional wedding ceremony
    • Taste delicious handmade coconut bread & fish with bamboo poles


    Village of Fiji:

    Watch a traditional Fijian dance, play the derua (bamboo instrument), and learn how to make coconut oil. The village of Fiji includes demonstrations of traditional tattoos, lessons on the derua, and a tour of a 6-story, traditional Fijian temple.

    • Learn how to make and use coconut oil
    • Get a Fijian warrior tattoo & play a derua (bamboo instrument)


    Village of Samoa:

    The most popular village at the Polynesian Cultural Center! Learn about the Samoans in a cultural presentation that displays the famous Samoan sense of humor!

    • Learn how to cook Samoan dishes and how to husk and open a coconut
    • Make fire with two sticks and take a fire knife spinning lesson
    • Watch a young warrior climb a 40-foot coconut tree


    Village of Aotearoa:

    The island village of New Zealand is where you'll learn about the Maori people. Watch the famous Maori warrior's dance, the haka, learn the significance of Maori tattoos and totems, and learn how to play the stick tossing game.

    • Play ancient games & test your dexterity by twirling poi balls
    • Learn the significance of Maori tattoos & watch the warrior dance, Haka.


        

    Village of Tonga:

    After the canoe show, head to the nearby village of Tonga! Watch a rhythmic cultural demonstration, where you'll learn the Tongan clapping dance and participate in a drumming performance.

    • Paddle a traditional canoe, weave coconut leaves and compete in spear-throwing
    • Tour a replica of the Queen’s summer home and learn how tapa cloth is made


      

    Village of Hawaii:

     

    Dance the hula, learn to fish, and sample some poi at the Hawaiian village. Listen to Hawaiian songs played on an ukulele, play ancient Hawaiian games, and weave a tapa cloth.

    • Learn how to dance hula and practice throwing fish nets the island way
    • Play ancient games, watch how poi is made and sample this traditional Hawaiian food


    Canoe RideTake a leisure canoe ride around the beautiful lagoon on a double-hulled canoe.


      

    Laie & Temple Tram TourTake a short tram tour of the Laie area to see the community that created the Polynesian Cultural Center. See Brigham Young University, the town of Laie, and the Laie Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located next to the Polynesian Cultural Center.



    Shopping at Hukilau Marketplace After dinner, you'll have some free time before the night show begins. Do some last-minute shopping at Hukilau Marketplace! This marketplace located right outside the gates of PCC includes a variety of stores and stands featuring local crafts, souvenirs, and food. To learn more about Hukilau Marketplace, check out our blog post.

    Night Show — Ha, Breath of Life This theatrical performance tells the story of Mana, a young Polynesian boy, and his growth into a man over the years as he visits the different island cultures of Polynesia. Including performances from various cultures, this show includes music, dancing, and blazing fireknives, told in a single, stunning evening show featuring over 100 Polynesian native performers and a variety of special effects. The show lasts 90 minutes with no intermission. Tickets must be reserved, with advance reservations recommended.

     

Top-Rated Activities for Oahu

Latest reviews of Polynesian Cultural Center

Too Commercial

2021/11/01 Families with Young Children Gina Cruz

The day-long activities that are advertised are very commercial and scripted and inauthentic. Students from Brigham Young host most of the activities rather than local Polynesian community. The “luau” is also not what yo... more

Close

Educational and entertaining

2021/10/22 Couples Barry

Great place to visit. Highly recommend going but honestly will next time rent a car or take an Uber and just pay at the park or on line for tickets. We went with buffet and stayed for the show. Things could get hairy at ... more

Close

Fun and beautiful!

2021/10/07 Families AJ Black

The Polynesian Cultural Center is a beautiful, fun, living museum. Pacific Island Native people use songs and traditional dances to tell the stories of their culture. They have reverence for the Islands and also have fun... more

Close

This excursion is TOO LONG!

2021/10/01 Couples KMcKay

While we enjoyed the Polynesian Cultural Center overall, this day was entirely too long for our taste. There really wasn't much to do at the center to fill up our time, so we just sitting around waiting for the Luau dinn... more

Close

Polynesian Cultural Center

2021/09/22 Couples gw/cw

HAD A GREAT TIME. IT WAS NICE TO LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT CULTURES AT OUR OWN PACE. SPENT THE WHOLE DAY THERE. THE LUAU AND BUFFET WAS STUNNING. THANK YOU FOR A GREAT TIME. THE SHOW WAS ALSO AWESOME.

A must see while in Oahu!!!

2021/07/31 Families Roxanna L

We had a great time at the Polynesian Cultural Center at all the villages. Having never been there, on the first day, we were not watching the time and when we realized the villages all closed at 5:30.. I think its wo... more

Close
Polynesian Cultural Center (Top Oahu Attractions & Sights), Oahu tours & activities, fun things to do in Oahu | HawaiiActivities.com
The Polynesian Cultural Center is home to the famous Alii Luau and world's largest Polynesian night show! Located in Laie on the northeast shore of Oahu, Polynesian Cultural Center's facilities feature six native Pacific islands and demonstrations of the daily traditions of the people of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and Maori. Take part in fun activities for all ages and watch authentic cultural performances. It's no wonder that Polynesian Cultural Center is Hawaii's top paid attraction!