Polynesian Cultural Center
Polynesian Cultural Center
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksLuaus
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
About
The Polynesian Cultural Center, voted the #1 attraction in Hawaiʻi by USA Today, is located along the famous North Shore of Oʻahu. Explore 42 acres of tropical splendor featuring 6 authentic villages representing the island cultures of Hawaiʻi, 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 Aliʻi Lūʻau. This royal feast blends a delicious array of island themed dishes with the excitement of authentic Hawaiian entertainment. Finish your adventure though the power of “HĀ: 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 your day a truly unforgettable experience. The Polynesian Cultural Center: all of Polynesia in one exciting place.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Katherine Wragge
    Victoria, Minnesota25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Experience!
    You could easily spend the entire day here and have constant activities to do and things to see. We spent half a day here and enjoyed every minute. The live shows, demonstrations, and boat ride was so fun. Everyone is so kind and welcoming! We did the buffet dinner and saw the Ha: Breath of Life show. The buffet has so many options, I wish we had more room in our stomaches. The show was incredible, so amazing to see all the different styles of dancing. Highly recommend making this part of your trip.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Michelle
    San Diego, California2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking and Exceptional Experience
    The experience was more than we expected with engaging programs and activities at each Polynesian Island. We upgraded our tour to a full package and added the bus. The grounds were pristine and our guides Wilford and Yuki were beyond gracious. I felt like a Queen personally being fanned by our hosts. We have been to Luaus before, but the feast and accompanying entertainment stood above the rest. Although tired by the end, we were in absolute awe during the final performance of Ha, Breath of Life. It is easy to see why it is award-winning. The performers, musicians and fire dance were the best we have ever seen. We would do it all over and recommend it to both visitors and locals.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 April 2023
  • Carl D
    Johnstown, Ohio232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding Place To Go!
    Outstanding place to come for all ages. It is rich with history from the past.Yes it is educational, but it is fun too. The staff at the Polynesia Cultural Center are there for you. We only tour the Islands of Polynesia (six islands) while there. Each island had a presentations, shows and activities to learn about their culture, music and games.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Chillie
    Chicago, Illinois9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great cultural adventure
    I had a chance to visit this place and was totally blown away. I learned so much about Polynesian culture. The most impressive thing was the passion of the people who work there. I think the best thing was the cruise thru the Polynesian. I will definitely go back again.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 May 2023
  • Amy Z
    Vancouver, Washington66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful!!!
    My cruise offered PCC as an excursion. I wasn't expecting much as I have been to many of these islands, some twice. Whoa, was I surprised!! The islands in the park are extensive and hands on. I learned something new at each one. The students working there were kind, adorable, and very helpful. The park is beautiful and has lots of shade. Like many reviews here, it is indeed worth 5 stars.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 May 2023
  • Alicia C
    Mason, Tennessee40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our favorite Oahu activity
    This was our favorite activity in Oahu! I was traveling with my husband, parents and teen son. They all enjoyed our time at PCC. We learned so much about the cultures. Every employee we encountered was helpful and kind. Our guide, Louie, was very sweet and worked hard to help us see as much as possible. Our driver, Koko, was fun and informative on the Circle Island tour. The luau food was better than expected and all the shows/ demonstrations were entertaining.(Samoa & Fiji were our favorites.) Surprisingly, we had the bonus of being there for the World Fire Knife Championship! It was thrilling! The only problem we had was not allowing more time for this activity.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 May 2023
  • Michelle H
    181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and very well done
    This was a very informative experience. The center is clean, well run, and very well done. All of the participants we very nice, friendly, and knowledgeable. You learn about the beliefs, customs, and history of the Polynesian Islands. You can learn dances, games, and try different foods. We highly recommend it. We ate at the buffet and it was EXCELLENT! The show "Ha" at the end of the day was fantastic! I was surprised and the professional quality of this show.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 25 May 2023
  • Alex D
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super and informative day out!
    We visited during a honeymoon stay in Hawaii. It was a fantastic day out with lots to do and so much information on the various cultures in Polynesia, suitable for all ages. We had a guide show us around all the islands and he was very friendly and knowledgeable. We additionally went to the luau and evening show - both of which were absolutely exellent and definitely worth the extra money!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Baseballmom1314
    Corpus Christi, Texas16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must book!
    This was such a great visit! We booked the Buffet Gateway package and it was perfect variety of food for my family of picky eaters including a 3 yr old toddler. There was so many different things to see and do everyone enjoyed it and my family ages were mixed staring at 3 years old, 13, 17 and 20 and myself and husband. Everyone had a great time. The show at the end of the evening was the best! I was concerned that we had “silver” level seats in the upper level and weren’t going to have a good view of the show but with the way everything was set up there was no bad seat in the entire place. Parking was plentiful and free so that was also a plus.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 June 2023
  • Ella B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do!!!
    Arrived at 12;35pm 6/3/23. Lots of parking. Entrance with bar codes were easy to use. Email reminders were great. Downloaded app but didn't use. Service and staff was excellent!!!! Buffet was delish. The "uncles" providing the dinner music was fabulous !!! Such great soothing music during our dinner. You could text the Uncles your shout outs and celebratory requests and they took them all. Their singing was magical. Really enjoyed being seated instead of rushing to grab seats - BEST. Village shows were wonderful and informative of each island's culture. Event was highly recommended by family who previously visited and now I highly recommend this event to my friends. Would recommend more food venues and refillable water station within the different island exhibits. Totally missed the food/shop areas at the entrance and didn't have time to enjoy them before the fire show. Family said the fire show was the BEST/highlight of their Hawaii trip. The assigned seating was great too and we had wonderful seats. We purchased the middle-priced package with the buffet.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 June 2023
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Carol L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This is the most valuable highlight of my 7 days Hawaii holiday. There are rich content & activities in each polynesian village. Staff are friendly. Dinner & the shows were amazing! In Aotearoa show, the dancers were students. They shared which tribe they were from & what they’re studying. 2 of them just graduated the same morning I visited the centre. It’s very heart touching to watch the final dance to congratulate their graduation.
Written 20 April 2024
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Wayne
Overland Park, KS3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Our designated tour guide, Howre, was very friendly and helpful! He speaks Chinese and English. We highly recommend him! We truly enjoyed very part of the event at Polynesial Cultural Center!
Written 20 April 2024
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Venture23530318017
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I approached the Cultural Center as a one-day excursion. Ultimately, I spent three days there. The performances, displays, and activities were very engaging. I particularly loved the Maori, Tahitian, and Fijiian performances, as well as the outrigger canoe rides in the lagoon. The "Ha" show was excellent—who doesn't love fire knife dancing? The buffet, served in a large Polynesian-style hall, was also top-notch.
Written 19 April 2024
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ptodd19
Indiana81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Loved the Polynesian Cultural Center. I had been there 40 years ago but made a trip back to Hawaii with my husband and it is still exceptional. We did the all day guided tour with the Ali Luau and the evening show. It did not disappoint. I would highly recommend this tour. It was well worth it.
Written 15 April 2024
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Annette
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Very fun and entertaining while learning the cultural aspects of each island and it's people. Would highly recommend for people with children. Asked lots of questions and the people are friendly. Food was exceptional and a vast variety to chose from. It was a long day but well worth it.
Written 12 April 2024
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Joseph W
Orlando, FL55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We were not sure what to expect but were blown away. It is really neat to meet the students who are representing their home cultures and learn a bit about their traditions and history. Rory, our tour guide, was fantastic. The luau was incredibly well organized and the food delicious. Ha: Breath of Life was an awesome show that weaves all the cultures at the Center together. The ticket gives you 3-day admission to the park and I wish we had more time while on Oahu because you simply can't see it all in one day. I can't wait to go back!
Written 11 April 2024
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Michele B
Winnipeg, Canada1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I didn't realize this before going, but the cultural center is run by the LDS church (Mormons).

Very little was said about the impact of colonization on the indigenous people of the Polynesian islands. As an indigenous Canadian, I really feel sorry for the international university students who are working at this center who are forced to "play indian" to appeal to tourists and to earn their tuition at the affiliated university. The fact that the center refuses to even acknowledge colonialism/imperialism is deeply problematic and insulting.

I was really looking forward to learning about indigenous Polynesian cultures and history, but was left sorely disappointed and very uncomfortable with what was presented.
Written 8 April 2024
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Aloha Michele, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We truly value your input and apologize for any confusion regarding our association with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. To clarify, we do make efforts to ensure this information is readily available and transparent on our website. However, we understand that this may not have been clearly communicated, and for that, we apologize. In regards to our commitment to cultural representation and our student workers, we appreciate your concerns and would like to address them. At our organization, we hold a deep respect for the diverse cultures of the Pacific and strive to showcase them with accuracy and authenticity. A significant portion of our team, approximately 70%, comes from the Polynesian region, including cultural experts, master artisans, and talented performers. They work tirelessly to ensure that each aspect of our presentations accurately reflects the cultures they represent. Our student workers are an integral part of this process and take great pride in sharing their heritage with visitors. We are continually striving to improve and ensure that every guest has a meaningful and respectful experience with us. Your feedback helps us in this endeavor, and we thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention. Mahalo
Written 22 April 2024
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Whitney B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Feel the Aloha! Leave Waikiki and experience the other side of the island. Transportation available from Waikiki area and bus driver gives information about the island. It is expensive - but worth the price. Truly get to know and understand the islands. Experience the food, play games, see the beautiful lush grounds. This is a must see in Hawaii! When you book on the website you have so many options to customize your perfect event.
Written 8 April 2024
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Jacob T
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The entire experience was wonderful. Entertainment, food and people. It was well worth the time. We participated in a Luau with great food then following a production called Breath of Ha- a story of a boy growing up in Polynesia. Very well done.
Written 7 April 2024
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Escape79761
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Amazing organization , great show all over the islands. Each country have a special presentation for the guests.
The installation is well done.
And what to say about the show Ha, this is the best show i ever saw
Written 6 April 2024
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