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Polynesian Cultural Center

Immerse yourself in the culture of the 1,000+ Pacific islands that make up Polynesia. Watch as islanders reenact war dances, wield "fire knives" and more. Need to relax? Take in the afternoon canoe ride/pageant or an entertaining Hawaii IMAX™ film.
  • Adult gate price $39.95
  • Child gate price $31.95
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What better way to enjoy island life than to immerse yourself in the many cultures of the Pacific Islands at the 42-acre Polynesian Cultural Center? Stroll through an authentic complex of recreated villages from Aotearoa (New Zealand), ancient Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga. At each stop, you'll find hands-on activities and demonstrations showing cultural wonders like the art of fire dancing, climbing 50-foot trees in bare feet, spear-throwing, coconut-husking, and the Haka warrior dance!

Enjoy the regional culinary delights of Polynesian culture as you sample Tahitian coconut bread or “poi,” the staple Hawaiian food made out of taro. Explore some of the traditions of the different islands like lei-making, or try your skill at playing derua and making Fijian music.

Your pass to the Polynesian Cultural Center is good for general admission, which includes the villages and the Rainbows of Paradise canoe pageant, Hawaii’s only water-borne show. You'll learn about Polynesian voyaging and see a fully functional 57-foot double-hulled canoe at the Hawaiian Village’s exciting exhibit, Iosepa: Voyage of Discovery.

Also included with your admission pass is the tram tour of nearby Brigham Young University-Hawaii and the Laie Hawaii Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Polynesian Cultural Center is run by BYU-Hawaii, and the tram tour includes exhibits explaining the history and beliefs of the LDS church.

Ticket upgrades are available for an additional $75 if you'd like to stay for the award-winning Alii luau and the evening show, "Ha: Breath of Life," with a cast of more than 100 performers from across the Pacific. Please call in advance to make a reservation as they cannot be made on-site.

The luau is one of the best on the island, and includes a traditional flower lei greeting, reserved seating, and an all-you-can-eat buffet with authentic Hawaiian food. The PCC's "Ambassador of Aloha" emcee will explain the imu ceremony where the roasted pig is lifted from its cooking pit, signalling the beginning of an evening full of Hawaiian music, entertainment, and hula. Please note that there is no alcohol served or allowed on the premises at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The luau ends around 6:30 pm, followed by "Ha: Breath of Life" at 7:30 pm.

The Polynesian Cultural Center allows visitors to learn about the different facets of Polynesian culture through hands-on activities and visiting the inhabitants of the different villages. The park is divided into six different villages representing islands of Polynesia and their customs: the Aotearoa (New Zealand), the Hawaiian Village, the Tahitian Village, the Fijian Village, the Samoan Village, and the Tongan Village. Each of the villages allows visitors to experience cultural practices of that particular island. Some of the activities include fire pit cooking, coconut husking, learning the haka dance, a fire starting seminar, tree climbing lessons, tattoo-drawing, and fire knife dancing.

Broaden your horizons at this cultural mainstay and experience life as a Polynesian for a day!

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 4.2 out of 5 stars (based on 13 customer ratings)
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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Even better second time around
By Maddie Verified Reviewer from Los Angeles, California on
Pros:
Non-profit, Educational, Friendly staff
Cons:
Can get hot,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Polynesian Cultural Center General admission:

Don't miss the pageant of the canoes. Quality dancers, better than in most shows. Presentation of each island is very interesting. Many hands-on crafts for youngsters. Very family friendly.

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Absolute Must-Do!
By SAM Verified Reviewer from Colorado Springs, CO on
Pros:
Show A Major Production, Very entertaining, Could Have Stayed Longer, Superb Shows, Great people, Super Accommodating
Cons:
Buffet Dinner Average,
Best Uses:
Plan To Spend A Full Day, Fun for whole family, Could Spend 2 Days,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Polynesian Cultural Center General admission:

We arrived late and had a wonderful time, wishing we had more time or even another whole day to come back! The specific cultural shows were amazing and entertaining, not too long, but also educational! Everyone was exceptionally nice and I would highly recommend this for everyone, young and old!

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[7 of 18 customers found this review helpful]

Know before you go
By Darby Verified Reviewer from Santa Rosa, CA on
Cons:
Disappointing,
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Polynesian Cultural Center General admission:

This place is run by the LDS. Everyone that works there is affiliated with the church or BYU which is right next door. The shows represented the islands after the missionaries influence, not before. The Ha Breath of Life show started out as a representation of the birth of Jesus and ended looking like The Lion King. The fire dancers were good but basically it was a college production and a little cheesy. It was more like being at an amusement park than a center that displays the culture of the Polynesian islands. I felt that the kids were brought here with a promise of an education and expected to work at the center. Nearly every show tried to sell you $5.00 ice cream. The buffet before the show was awful and had only a few dishes that were local.

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[3 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

you cant go to hawaii without going here
By rosina from blandford dorset england on
Pros:
A Must To Do
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Polynesian Cultural Center General admission:

you can not go to hawaii without visiting here a must do

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[2 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Great History lesson
By Cousin Bob Verified Reviewer from McKean, Pa on
Pros:
Educational, Beautiful Surroundings, fun
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Polynesian Cultural Center General admission:

This is a must do with your card. The education and information theft you get with a guided tour is priceless. Cousin Dennis was a fountain of information and answered everyone's questions. You really need a guide to get the most out of the experience. The pictures and artifacts that represent each island really helped to make and explain each islands culture a wonderful experience. Plan on spending the day here even if you don't stay for the luau.

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[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Great place, lots to see!
By Lisadarlene Verified Reviewer from Calgary, Alberta CANADA on
Pros:
Excellent buffet, The drive in is very nice, Beautiful scenery, Lots to see and learn
Cons:
You need 3-4 hours,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Polynesian Cultural Center General admission:

This center is really spectacular. There is a alot to see and do around the locations but I highly recommend that you go there with more than a few hours on your hands. Lots of demonstrations and classes on how to play ukulele, make lei's, hula dance and even chop your own coconut. The highlight of this was going to the HA BREATH OF LIFE production after and buffet...amazing food (and TONS of it) along with a really diverse production based on a story well loved by the Polynesians. The drive in to the area was also really stunning so its worth taking your time!

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[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

An Absolute Must!
By Rita Verified Reviewer from Irvine, CA on
Pros:
Educational and fun, Good for families
Cons:
Takes a lot of time,
Best Uses:
2 trips a few hours each,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Polynesian Cultural Center General admission:

If you have a 5-7 day pass you should plan a few hours on 2 different days to get as much out of this experience as possible. This is a great place for families, singles, couples, or groups. Don't miss using this at least once on your card.

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[2 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

"Great Buy"
By Oahu girl from Orange County, CA on
Pros:
Many different options, Fun for the family, Lots to see and do
Cons:
Need more than 1 day,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Polynesian Cultural Center General admission:

The card was great, but takes a lot of planning to get the most out of the number of days you purchase. I recommend it!

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[0 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

nice but not for a rush!
By Tuong Verified Reviewer from Santa Ana, CA on
Pros:
Excellent cultural shows
Cons:
Short ride service
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Polynesian Cultural Center General admission:

Great environment and nice visit. Needs more direction and service time,

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[6 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

An Absolute must do!!!
By Wendy Verified Reviewer from Sydney, Australia on
Pros:
Delicious food, Fantastic shows, Suits all ages, multicultural
Cons:
Long day,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Polynesian Cultural Center General admission:

Great value, a birds eye view of all the Pacific Islands and Islanders. Like a theme park, very entertaining. Every place had lots of activities for all age groups, teaching hula, ukelele, spear throwing etc. The Luau had fabulous food, and the dinner show was fantastic. The nightly show was out of this world- it was fantastically well done and a definite must see.Dont miss this one!!!

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Polynesian Cultural Center Details

Phone: (808) 293-3333
Address
55-370 Kamehameha Highway
Laie, HI 96762
Hours
Monday-Saturday, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Note
You may upgrade to include the luau for an additional $75.
Closings
Sundays
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
55-370 Kamehameha Highway
Laie, HI 96762
Public Transportation
Taking TheBus is another good way to get to the cultural center. Check their website for directions and scheduling information."
Driving Directions
Exit right from the H-1 freeway onto the H-3 freeway and enjoythe spectacular drive through the Koolau Mountains. Take the Kaneohe exit on the right, which momentarily puts you on the Likelike Highway (#63). Take the first right exit onto the Kahekili Highway, which soon turns into the Kamehameha Highway (#83). Follow the highway all the way to Laie.

Admission and Offer Information

Present your Go Select Pass at the ticket counter for entry.

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