Polynesian Cultural Center

Experience Polynesia’s rich heritage at Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural Center. Explore six island nations, engage in hands-on activities, and witness the captivating “Hā: Breath of Life” show.

Polynesian Cultural Center is a Heritage Site located in the city of Laie on Oahu, Hawaii
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  • Overview: The Polynesian Cultural Center, located in Laie on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii, is a must-see attraction for visitors seeking to immerse themselves in the rich history and traditions of Polynesia. This unique 42-acre facility offers a captivating experience for all ages, showcasing the diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands.
  • Highlights: What sets the Polynesian Cultural Center apart is its authentic representation of the six major Polynesian cultures – Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, and Aotearoa (New Zealand). Visitors can explore traditional villages, enjoy live performances, and participate in hands-on activities to discover the unique customs and heritage of each island nation.
  • Activities: Key activities at the Polynesian Cultural Center include the immersive “Ha: Breath of Life” evening show, featuring traditional music, dance, and storytelling; and the Ali’i Luau, a royal feast with Hawaiian cuisine and entertainment. Additionally, visitors can partake in village tours, canoe rides, and cultural demonstrations such as fire knife dancing and lei making.
  • Information: The Polynesian Cultural Center is open Monday through Saturday from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM, with the exception of major holidays. General admission starts at $64.95 for adults and $51.96 for children (ages 5-11). The best time to visit is during weekdays, as weekends tend to be more crowded.
  • History & Significance: Established in 1963, the Polynesian Cultural Center was created as a non-profit organization by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to preserve and share the unique cultural heritage of Polynesia. Today, it serves as a living museum, employing students from nearby Brigham Young University-Hawaii and other Pacific Island nations, providing them with valuable work experience and educational opportunities.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit, plan to arrive early and spend at least half a day exploring the center. Wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen, as you’ll be walking outdoors and participating in various activities. Finally, consider upgrading to a package that includes the “Ha: Breath of Life” show and Ali’i Luau for a truly unforgettable experience.

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