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!