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Polynesian Cultural Center Laie

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Polynesian Cultural Center
55-370 Kamehameha Highway
Laie
HI
96762
Tel: 800 367 7060

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Can you hear those drums drumming from there? They'll get louder the closer you get to 55-370 Kamehameha Hwy in Laie!

Parking is free!

Where are we going today?

Ever wanted to visit the South Pacific? Now is your chance! Ever wanted to really indulge in the Hawaiian culture? Now really IS your chance!

The Polynesian Cultural Center is a great way for the whole family to be introduced to one of the most fascinating cultures we have on this amazing planet.

Want to visit Samoa in the morning? Perhaps Tonga in the afternoon followed by dinner in Fiji? Why not! There are six Pacific cultures to explore, each with authentic villages, entertainment, cultural activities, and of course lots of yummy foods for the kids to get stuck into! 

Kids can create coconut "milk" in Samoa, or get called up onto the stage to demonstrate their drumming skills in Tonga! 

Challenge family members to a fun canoe race, or even learn to cook the Samoan way using leaves, sticks and stones - do you think it will be difficult!? Spear throwing, fire making, and even weaving are all activities that the kids can really sink their cultural teeth into! 

Of course, you're in Hawaii so make sure you spend some time learning all about the Hawaiian culture too! Learn basic hula movements, and discover the deep commitment the Hawaiians have to their culture and traditions. 

Feeling hungry? Then what better way to fill up than at a proper Luau buffet! With a background of waterfalls and lush gardens, you can really immerse yourself in the traditional foods and entertainment of Polynesia. 

Just what you need before you spend the evening enjoying the dancing, songs, and even fire! It's a fascinating evening that will tell you a Pacific Isle tail of birth and death, love and family, triumph and even tragedy. For kids it will be an incredibly educational experience. 

The Polynesian Cultural Center also do a day tour out around the island, including Diamond Head, the beaches, and even plantations. A true Hawaiian experience! 

Aloha!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsAdmission and a show starts from $74.95
  • ChildrenAdmission and a show starts from $59.96
  • Free Under: 4 years old
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Noon to 6pm daily. Evening entertainment from 7pm.

Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

I'm Hungry!

As well as the amazing evening buffets which can come included in your tickets, there is an delicious snack bar near the front entrance and sells speciality plates and cold drinks. There are also extra snack stands in the villages. You certainly won't go hungry! .

Healthy Eating!

Efforts are made for anyone with food allergies, and each of the main dining venues have allergy charts for you. .

Doing our bit

The center makes sure that it represents the Polynesian cultures and traditions with respect, giving kids the best education they can on the cultures. .

Need a little extra help?

The center has a limited number of wheelchairs available for a $20 deposit ($15 will be returned). The majority of the center is wheelchair accessible. .

Baby Facilities

There are strollers available for rent at $20 deposit and $15 returned at the end of your experience. .

Can I get one of those?

If you saved your pennies you just might be able to find time in all that fun to head to the Marketplace! Lots of fun hand crafted items just for you! .

More information

You admission ticket gets you 5 hours entry at the village. If you get the Ambassador package tickets, you can extend your evening to 9pm, including a dining experience and nightly entertainment! .

What people are saying?

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    Totally awesome, can't wait to go back. A bricks-and-mortar tribute to the power of culture to honor and teach history to a public audience. Specifically, the culture and history of the pan-Pacific basin. Plus, the bus operator contracted to the resort, Marriott's Ko Olina, took us to Turtle Bay and Waimea Bay. Totally rad, dude!!!!!

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    We recently visited PCC, and it is surprising good. It was better than expected. There is a big screen movie to show case the scenery of the islands filmed from a plane. There are 8 villages, Hawaii, Tonga, Tahihti, New Zealand, Fiji, etc. and also dance shows on the boats, showing cultural differences as well as similarities of various Polynesian Cultures. There are fun activities such as start a fire, dancing, for kids to participate. Luau was good, and I liked the Poke. PCC is owned by the Mormon Church and most employees, dancers, etc.,...Read More

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    Seriously PASS on this place, Oahu has so much better to offer.
    The packages are expensive and confusing. We had to go back to the front desk to purchase a food voucher for the BBQ because they couldn't process a payment on the spot. The BBQ was terrible. There was flies in all the food selections, a dead fly in salad dressing as well as a hair in the cheese. I don't believe it would have met the food safety standards. Even the cultural centre itself was a let down. I was expecting to learn more about the different cultures and history. Instead...Read More

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    I came here with a Korean tour group, so my experience would obviously be different from people who came here on their own. This place is a huge tourist attraction for a reason and I would recommend coming here. However, I would recommend doing the dinner/evening show rather than the lunch/tour that our group did. If you book online over 10 days in advance from your visit, you can save 15%.

    There are four dining options here: New Island Luau, Ali'I Luau, Prime Rib Dining Buffet, and Island Buffet Dining. Our group participated in the Island Buffet...Read More

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    The Polynesian Cultural Center provided me with by far the worst experience I've had as a tourist in Hawaii. This place is a huge piggy bank for the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormons (it's in the fine print on their brochure). First of all it costs you for parking before you even get into this place, then it costs an arm and a leg for entry, particularly if you are taking the family, and then they slug you again for a meal ticket to eat at the barbecue! Oh and don't count on being able to have a cool...Read More

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by Xiaofei Zhao

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We recently visited PCC, and it is surprising good. It was better than expected. There is a big screen movie to show case the scenery of the islands filmed from a plane. There are 8 villages, Hawaii, Tonga, Tahihti, New Zealand, Fiji, etc. and also dance shows on the boats, showing cultural differences as well as similarities of various Polynesian Cultures. There are fun activities such as start a fire, dancing, for kids to participate. Luau was good, and I liked the Poke. PCC is owned by the Mormon Church and most employees, dancers, etc., are part time students at the nearby BYU campus. Shop around for tickets, and you can get a huge discount. Tickets can be used for revisits of the theme park.

by Celia Monchalin

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Seriously PASS on this place, Oahu has so much better to offer.
The packages are expensive and confusing. We had to go back to the front desk to purchase a food voucher for the BBQ because they couldn't process a payment on the spot. The BBQ was terrible. There was flies in all the food selections, a dead fly in salad dressing as well as a hair in the cheese. I don't believe it would have met the food safety standards. Even the cultural centre itself was a let down. I was expecting to learn more about the different cultures and history. Instead the whole thing felt "dumbed down" while they taught you a phrase or two from the local languages.

by Esther Kim

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I came here with a Korean tour group, so my experience would obviously be different from people who came here on their own. This place is a huge tourist attraction for a reason and I would recommend coming here. However, I would recommend doing the dinner/evening show rather than the lunch/tour that our group did. If you book online over 10 days in advance from your visit, you can save 15%.

There are four dining options here: New Island Luau, Ali'I Luau, Prime Rib Dining Buffet, and Island Buffet Dining. Our group participated in the Island Buffet Dining. We were seated in their large dining area, which seats around 1K people. The description online says they serve "savory Hawaiian, Asian and mainland entrees, buffet style" with "desserts galore." LIES. The food was terribly mediocre and there was just four dessert offerings, none of which looked appetising. So I'm not a fan of the food here... but it was included in our entrance fee, so we all ate until we were full.

After lunch our group went on an approximately 2 hour long tour with a Korean guide. I had asked if I could go on the English one but it was full so they said my only option was to wander around on my own :/ Korean tour it is then! We rode on a canoe down past all seven villages (which represent the seven Polynesian islands) and then walked by, stopping a few times to either participate in an activity or see a show. We stopped in Hawaii to learn a song on the ukulele and also learn a hula dance. Then we stopped in Tonga to see their presentation on Tongan ta nafa (drumming). Three members of the audience even got to participate, which was fun to watch. The tour ended with everyone going to the IMAX theatre and watching their 14-minute video on Hawaii in 4D. That's right--the chairs will move/lean forward to make it feel like you really are going through the air and seeing different areas of the islands. It was a pretty cool video to watch.

We didn't get to see their evening show since we left afterwards, but I've heard really good things about it and would recommend seeing it if you are coming here. It's called "Ha: Breath of Life" and takes place from 7:30-9PM daily. The PCC also offers other activities during the day: Maori Poi, Canoe Race, Tahitian Spear Throw, Samoan Cooking, and Fire Making. And it's great to be able to explore the seven Polynesian islands in one place: Hawaii, Marquesas, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Aotearoa (New Zealand), and Samoa. Each village has their own presentation and activities as well. I kind of wish we had come here independent of the tour group so we could have fully explored this place, but my mum and I still had a good time nonetheless. But with my not being able to understand most of what our tour guide was saying and the food being so mediocre I can't give them more than three stars...

by Cameron Parrett

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The Polynesian Cultural Center provided me with by far the worst experience I've had as a tourist in Hawaii. This place is a huge piggy bank for the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormons (it's in the fine print on their brochure). First of all it costs you for parking before you even get into this place, then it costs an arm and a leg for entry, particularly if you are taking the family, and then they slug you again for a meal ticket to eat at the barbecue! Oh and don't count on being able to have a cool refreshing beer or glass of wine with your meal, this place is run by the church so there's no alcohol on the premises. The food at the barbecue was quite frankly disgusting, there were flies and bugs all over the available selections which were certainly not traditional Polynesian foods. Moving on... My partner and I were constantly hassled at every turn by people asking if we knew where we were going and trying to convince us to join a tour (don't do this, you will go insane with boredom). We sat through a couple of shows which were very much generalized and simplified to the point where they contained no real information which was disappointing because that's why we came to this place, to learn about Polynesian culture and way of life. What we got was far from this, a few dances here and there, some phrases and words and not much else. In the end we cut our losses and got out of there, thoroughly frustrated and annoyed with ourselves for not doing more research on this place. If you wish to hand over your hard earned money to the Mormons just join the church, it's far easier than going through the pain of visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center.

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