Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, HI

55-370 Kamehameha HighwayLaie, Oahu, HI 96762
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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.


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

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

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) 10:00AM, 12:00PM
2. Ilikai Renaissance (on Hobron Lane) 10:00AM, 12:00PM
3. Hilton Hawaiian Village (Tapa Tower Bus Depot) 10:05AM, 12:05PM
4. Waikiki Gateway (Olohana Street side) 10:10AM, 12:10PM
5. Sheraton Waikiki (bus terminal) 10:15AM, 12:15PM
6. Waikiki Trade Center (Seaside Avenue curbside) 10:20AM, 12:20PM
7. Hyatt Regency Hotel (back entrance facing Koa Avenue) 10:25AM, 12:25PM
8. Waikiki Beach Marriott (bus area near corner of Paoakalani St.) 10:30AM, 12:30PM

Tripster Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
Michael Ricker
Omaha, NE
6 Reviews
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"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
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
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"Two thumbs up"
April 2015
A one of a kind ofexperience
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Marysville, Washington
"Hawaiian immersion at its finest"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2019 NEW
We elected to take the guided tour through all the islands, it was an incredible journey that taught us much about each island. how they are different as well as their heritage that they all share. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly and was fun to get to know for the day. I was very impressed with all the shows and activities through the day. You have to make sure not to miss Hā: Breath of life which is the program at the end of the night it’s unlike any play you have been too. Huge shout out to our guide Amber!! We also learned this center serves not just a way to preserve the history and culture but also a means to help students at BYU Hawaii to afford to attend college. It’s a bonus to be helping a good cause as well.
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"Ambassador Package upgrade was worthwhile! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 05, 2019 NEW
We had a wonderful visit at the Polynesian Cultural Center. It was interesting to learn about the different cultures, and the entertainment was uplifting. At the recommendation of a friend, we upgraded to the Ambassador package. Our small group of friends was assigned a guide that made sure we saw all of the villages and their respective presentations. Our guide also had a wealth of knowledge he shared about each culture. Without the guise, we probably would not have been able to see it all in one day. It is good to know that the luau for the Ambassador package includes live entertainment and center seats for the evening performance of Ha. The guide, the luau entertainment, and good seats make It is worth the extra $ to upgrade to the Ambassador package.
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Yellowknife, Canada
"Polynesian Islands History"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2019 NEW
The displays and cultural information are wonderful. Gives a better understanding and representation of the Polynesian Islands. It is presented with knowledge and humour. The shows are amazing and very moving.
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Sussex, Wisconsin
"Not worth the entrance fee"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed December 01, 2019 NEW
Out of the gate, the market area that is free to check out was really cool. A lot of great shops and food options so I’d give that 5 stars for sure. The area you have to pay (a lot) for however is a different story. The setting is very beautiful and is separated into various lands...Tonga, Hawaii, Fiji, etc...maybe we went on an “off day” - we went the Saturday after Thanksgiving - but other than a canoe show there were no other areas that had people around to do the demonstrations or talk about the exhibits. I didn’t know this until after inside but the whole PCC is owned by Brigham Young University-Hawaii campus which is located very close by and the proceeds are used for the church and university. For what it is worth LDS owns something crazy like 7,000 acres of land near the PCC I was told all paid employees are students at BYU and the volunteers are part of the church as well. The Bishop Museum in Honolulu is a much better, and less expensive, representation of Hawaiian culture. Obviously read more than my review, but something about a group known for their Christian Missionary work owning and operating what is supposed to highlight and educate on Polynesian culture seems off to me, and I saw more than one thing that didn’t seem to represent the culture and historical significance in the proper manner.
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Fort Bragg, California
"A journey into the life and culture of the Polynesians"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2019 NEW
We chose to do the Super Ambassador Luau package and we had Chester as our guide, which took us on a personal journey into 6 Island villages. He was funny yet informative in Polynesian history. Many of the guides had a bit of comedian in them, yet gave some insight into the way of the Polynesians culture and history. We laughed, learned, danced and watched some of the most beautiful traditional dancing and singing that we have ever seen. We then had a great dinner and finished off the day with an amazing show called HA BREATH OF LIFE. It's so wonderful that all of the guides/employees go to the University and work as a means to support themselves in their College goals. This is a MUST when you're visiting the North shore. Thank you for an amazing adventure. The Bias & Higgins family.
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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.