Planning a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) in Oahu, Hawaii? Here’s how to spend a perfect day soaking up the rich history, culture, and beauty of the Pacific Islands.

Midday Arrival: Indulge and Explore

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  • 12:00 PM: Kick off your day with a taste of the islands at Sweet As, where you can enjoy a refreshing fruity soft serve. Next, immerse yourself in the melodic world of the Ukulele Experience to learn about the origins and craftsmanship of this beloved island instrument. Try playing a few chords, and perhaps purchase a ukulele to bring a piece of Polynesian music home.
  • 12:30 PM: After a delightful start, make your way through the entrance—conveniently using your pre-loaded tickets on the PCC app. Begin your cultural tour with a visit to the village of Tonga, and don’t miss the intriguing Rapa Nui (Easter Island) exhibit and the historically rich Hawaiian Mission Settlement.

Afternoon Adventures: Performances and Hands-On Fun

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  • 1:00 PM: Be enchanted by the vibrant Tongan music and dance during a 20-minute presentation that captures the spirit of Tonga. Explore the village further before moving on to your next island destination, Tahiti.
  • 2:00 PM: Arrive early to secure a good spot for the Tahitian drumming and dance performance, a rhythmic and visually captivating showcase. Afterward, sample delicious coconut bread and try your hand at traditional Tahitian fishing techniques.
  • 3:00 PM: Experience a slice of royal life with a reenactment of a traditional Tahitian wedding, set against the scenic backdrop of the PCC grounds.
  • 3:30 PM: Explore the Carver’s Workshop to see the impressive “Iosepa,” a 60-foot handmade double-hulled sailing canoe, demonstrating the superb navigational prowess of the Polynesians.
  • 4:00 PM: Head to the village of Hawaii for a 20-minute presentation featuring both ancient and modern hula dancing and music. Participate in ancient Hawaiian games and savor some poi, a traditional Hawaiian dish.
  • 4:30 PM: Do not miss the Samoan showcase, a truly mesmerizing performance that highlights the unique aspects of Samoan culture.

Evening Entertainment: Film and Feast

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  • 5:00 PM: Relax and enjoy “Hawaiian Journey,” a 12-minute immersive film experience on one of Hawaii’s largest screens, showcasing the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Hawaiian islands.
  • 5:30 PM: Embark on a scenic canoe ride from the south canoe landing to see the PCC from a different perspective.
  • 6:00 PM: For dinner, head to the Gateway Buffet to indulge in the biggest selection of island dishes, freshly prepared and ready to tantalize your taste buds until 7:00 PM.

Nighttime Spectacular: Luau and Farewells

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  • 7:30 PM: Cap off your day with the “Ha: Breath of Life” show, an epic luau evening performance that combines traditional Polynesian dance, music, and fire skills. Make sure to arrive by 7:15 PM to get a good seat.
  • 9:00 PM: As the evening winds down, reflect on the unforgettable experiences of the day. The Polynesian Cultural Center offers a window into the vibrant traditions and warm spirit of the Pacific Islands, inviting you to return and explore more deeply.

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With a day packed full of authentic experiences, your visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center will be memorable, educational, and filled with the aloha spirit!