The famous Polynesian Cultural Center is located on the North Shore of Oahu. There you can experience cultures from the Polynesian Triangle’s islands that are tracing their roots to the same ancestral homeland, traditions and language. There, you can explore some of the eight island village exhibitions, experience the breath of life, also known as “Ha”, enjoy the thrilling canoe tours, and, also stay for an evening luau.
The center is located in the town of Laie. It’s about 38 miles (61 kilometers) away from Waikiki Beach by road. Some of the travelers choose a tour that includes round-trip transportation, while, others drive independently. Nonetheless, there is free parking available on site. Address: 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie 96762, USA
The Polynesian Cultural Center offers trips to fantastic exhibition areas – Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hawaii, Fiji, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Samoa, Tahiti, and Tonga.
Island of Hawaii
Here you can dance with grace, learn how to fish without a net and sample poi, and play ancient games. Cultural presentation starts approximately around 1:00pm, 3:30pm , 4:30pm and 5:30pm.
Island of Aotearoa
If you like tattoos and especially the Maori ones, here you will learn their significance. You can also watch the famous Maori warrior dance “Haka” and play with twirling poi balls. Cultural presentation starts approximately around 1:00pm, 1:55pm 3:30pm and 4:30pm.
Island of Samoa
Feel the heat, show some muscle, enjoy Samoan song and dance and marvel as a young warrior climbs a 40-foot coconut tree-in his bare feet. Become a part of the ‘happy people’ at the Samoan village.
Island of Tahiti
Swing your hips, try a bite, snag a fish, and share the love. In Tahiti, love is always in the air. Come catch the fever!
Island of Fiji
Find your strength and feel the beat of the Island of Fiji exhibition area. Here you will learn why their warriors are mighty and feared. You can also honor the chief and gaze upon a Fijian skyscraper.
Island of Tonga
The Tongan village is filled with joy, and they’re happy to share! Most of the travelers also visit as part of a circle island tour of Oahu, which also stops at notable sites such as Diamond Head, Dole Plantation, or the Pearl Harbor.
Things to Know Before You Go
All of the center’s major areas are wheelchair accessible. The American Sign Language interpreters are available for most of the shows. For an additional fee, you can rent both scooters and wheelchairs on site. Besides gift shops, there are restaurants located nearby, one of which is the Hukilau Marketplace. Travelers can also expect foreign language tours starting from $25. Lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis and they vary from $5 to $15. Even though cameras are allowed on site, no photos or videos are available during the unique “Ha: Breath of Life” show.
The Polynesian Cultural Center is open from Monday to Saturday from 11:45 am to 9:00pm. The island villages open from 12:00pm to 5:30pm and the canoe rides are available until 6:00pm. Dining starts at 5:30pm, while the spectacular evening show called “Ha: Breath of Life” runs from 7:30pm and ends at 9:00pm. As you can see the center center has a wide variety of activities. That is why, we recommend you to plan your time accordingly, so you can see as much as possible. Hours: Open from Mondays to Saturdays (12:00pm to 9:00pm)
The Polynesian Cultural Center is open in the afternoon and that is the reason most of the full-day circle island tours to spend the morning visiting sites on the Oahu’s shores before arriving at the cultural center around noon time. If you are interested in experiencing the exciting nighttime events (incl. the dinner and night show), make sure you choose an extended circle island that includes the evening entertainment.
Entrance fee and tickets
The full-day admission tickets include full access to the site, a thrilling “Ha: Breath of Life” night show, and dinner experience with a luau option. As for the half-day afternoon tickets, you can only get access to one island village, the night show, and dinner.