Find out why the Polynesian Cultural Center is Oahu's #1 paid attraction. A must-do for every visitor! This truly is the ultimate in Polynesian experiences. In this incredible 42-acre open-air park, you'll be completely immersed into the Polynesian culture.
Among the main attractions are the seven Polynesian villages that showcase the traditional island life of Tonga, Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand (Aotearoa), the Marquesas Islands and Hawaii. As you explore the villages, which are connected by lush walking paths and small rivers, you'll learn about the culture, traditions and lifestyles of these seven Polynesian island nations.
You'll see dance performances and native arts and crafts demonstrations, such as carving tiki statues, making fire by rubbing sticks together, dancing with fire knives and climbing up tall palm trees barefooted. Learn how to open a coconut, dance the hula or get a temporary Polynesian tattoo. At each village, you and your family and friends are included and given hands-on experiences that educate as well as entertain. You can also take a canoe ride down the river that runs through the park. Besides the villages, there's so much more to see and explore.
The Pageant of Long Canoes
As mid-afternoon comes around, you'll get to see the Pageant of Long Canoes, where native islanders showcase their traditional costumes and perform dances on big floating platforms in the park's central lagoon.
The IMAX™ Movie
The park also features an IMAX theater, where you can watch the fantastic Coral Reef Adventure movie on a large 65 feet high and 93 feet wide screen. The movie is about the real-life expeditions of Howard and Michele Hall, two popular underwater filmmakers. It was filmed in the waters of Tahiti, Fiji, Australia's Great Barrier Reef and near the coral atoll lagoon of Rangiroa in French Polynesia.
Tram Tour of La'ie
Besides exploring the park, you can also participate in a tram tour to the neighboring town of La'ie to visit the first temple built outside of the continental United States by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Stroll through the beautiful gardens and enjoy the temple's remarkable architecture. The Visitor Center features a 10-foot replica of Thorvaldsen's famous statue "Christus." On this tour, you'll also learn more about the history and people of La'ie.
The Luau Feast
After a fun-filled day at the park, you are invited to join a feast of Hawaiian and continental delicacies at the luau, which takes place at a secluded, tropical site featuring a 15-foot waterfall. You'll be greeted with a fragrant flower lei and escorted to your table. Shortly after, you'll witness the traditional imu ceremony, in which a whole roast pig is taken out of its underground oven and carried away to become a part of the luau buffet.
On the all-you-can-eat buffet table you'll find Hawaiian classics, such as lomi lomi salmon, poke, poi, huli huli chicken, fresh fish, purple sweet potatoes and of course, the kalua pig from the imu ceremony. There are also some all American favorites to satisfy every appetite. And leave some room for dessert. The pies and puddings are delicious! All beverages at the Polynesian Cultural Center luau are non-alcoholic.
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"Ha, The Breath of Life" Polynesian Revue, The Night Show
Your evening is topped off by the fabulous "Ha, The Breath of Life" show. It's one of the largest night shows in Hawaii featuring a cast of more than 100 performers from across Polynesia. It takes place in a large, specially-built open-air theater in the park.
The Polynesian Cultural Center offers a variety of packages suitable for any budget. Choose your Polynesian experience below.