- 12 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Book your discount tickets to one of Oahu's top attractions, the Polynesian Cultural Center. Tickets to the Polynesian Cultural Center’s six island villages give you the rare chance to participate in the daily adventures of Hawaiian and other South Pacific cultures. Authentic Luau buffet, and the amazing Polynesian evening show to finish the experience. You'll see why every trip to Hawaii should include a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center!
- Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
- Ideal choice for families
- Bus pickup and drop off near hotel (if transportation option selected)
- Lei Greeting at dinner
- Ali'i Luau Dinner Buffet
- Spectacular Dinner show "HA: Breath of Life"
- additional inclusions based on option selected
- Entry/Admission - Polynesian Cultural Center
- Hotel pickup and drop off (unless option is selected)
- Parking is now Free for drive outs
- Self guided tour upon arrival (no guide available for twilight packages)
The Polynesian Cultural Center
During normal operating hours
If option with transportation is selected, hotel drop-off will be approximately 10:30pm to original pick-up location.
The six villages showcase the indigenous Polynesian cultures of Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga and Tahiti. Real Polynesians share knowledge of their traditional customs, and you can either watch the demonstrations or jump in and participate! Take a canoe ride on the lagoon and cook a meal in the Samoan village. Kids will love getting temporary tattoos, spear throwing, ukulele lessons and fishing.
No evening at the Polynesian Cultural Center would be complete without experiencing "Ha: Breath of Life", an ancient, yet universal tale. Performers dressed in authentic attire share their traditions and culture, just as their ancestors once did. You will also witness the exciting fire walkers and fire-knife dancers.
Polynesian Cultural Center boasts an authentic cultural experience and offers a variety of dining and show packages, perfect for all tastes and budgets.
Some of the attractions at The Polynesian Cultural Center include:
Five times each afternoon the Hawaiians present in-depth demonstrations on their ancient culture. Learn not only some basic hula, but also learn of the deeper commitment hula students make to their art, the intricacies of the motions, and the heritage of the hula implements and instruments. Gain insights into the ancient kapu or taboo system that meant men and women ate in separate houses. Learn how taro is harvested, cooked, and turned into the staple food, poi. Of course, you are also welcome to sample some. Observe how women craft leaves and flowers into beautiful Hawaiian lei and other useful items; and then try your hand at ulu maika - Hawaiian bowling, or konane - Hawaiian checkers.
Six times each afternoon the Samoans present one of the Center's most popular cultural demonstrations. Learn how to make fire by literally rubbing two sticks together, how to easily crack open a coconut, the difference between coconut juice and "milk," and how the men do all the major cooking. The young men will also show their strength and agility by climbing 40-foot coconut trees. The demonstrations take place on the malae or grassy area surrounded by outstanding examples of Samoan fale (houses), which are among the most unique in all of tropical Polynesia.
Aotearoa (New Zealand Village):
Five times each afternoon the Maori put on a demonstration that explains the symbolic significance of their beautiful meeting house, unique carvings, facial tattoos, the ancient origins and meanings of sticking out their tongues and twirling poi balls, and other aspects of one of Polynesia's most unusual group of people. You won't want to miss the stirring haka dance; kids will enjoy learning to play tititorea, a Maori stick game designed to develop hand-eye coordination, and kids of all ages seem to enjoy the ta moko area where they can get a temporary tattoo.
Five times each afternoon the Fijians present in-depth demonstrations on their ancient culture. Learn the significance of the lali or log drum, how important the coconut is in cooking, and other aspects of Polynesian island life. Review the wide array of historical weapons and implements involved in waging war upon neighboring islands and villages; that the cowry shells on the ridge mark a house as belonging to a chief, and that only the chief could enter that house through his door. Everyone will also enjoy making Fijian music with derua, a bamboo percussion instrument; or try a game of cibi (pronounced "thim-bee").
Three times each afternoon the Tahitians present in-depth demonstrations on their ancient culture. Learn both the women's and men's movements in their exciting dances, or just try to stop your toes from tapping to the beat of the wooden to'ere drums. Learn why the Tahitians make both fragrant flower and beautiful shell lei, sample Tahitian coconut bread, tour the garden, even let your kids try some fishing, and more.
Five times each afternoon the Tongans present their very popular Tongan ta nafa or drumming presentation that actually starts by learning the simple yet graceful motions of a mauluulu sitting dance. For example, you'll learn the difference between clapping with a pasi or a fu sound. You can also try your hand at Tongan lafo, a type of shuffleboard game, or even your accuracy with tolo spear throwing.
Five times each afternoon the Marquesan's present fascinating insights into their ancient culture. The Marquesas will enchant you with their ancient style of dancing: You can definitely see the sounds and motions of nature in their choreography, and you won't want to miss the pig hunt dance. Temporary tattoos are one of the most popular things to acquire there; and along with demonstrations of weaving and other crafts, the Marquesan's also share samples of breadfruit in season. Discover what it tastes like.
Ha: Breath of Life:
An ancient, yet universal tale about a boy born in a distant paradise. Enjoy the spectacle of over 100 performers, drums, dance, special effects, a fire spewing volcano and world renowned fire knife performance.
Rainbows of Paradise:
Rainbows of Paradise is performed daily from 2:30-3:00pm in two locations: the lagoon between the Islands of Samoa and the Hawaii Mission Settlement; and on the wide section of lagoon between the Islands of Fiji, Tahiti and Hawaii. (Because the two showings occur simultaneously, the order of appearance may be different than described). Rainbows starts with a young Polynesian woman in an outrigger canoe throwing flowers into the lagoon, a tradition reminiscent of days gone by when great steamships transported visitors to these magical islands. It was said in those days that each blossom became a memory of visits to Hawaii; and if the blossoms returned to shore, then so would the visitors.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Gluten Free and other dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Guests should request assistance from dining staff upon their arrival for these alternate menu options.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
I wasn't sure what to expect when the time required for this excursion totaled 12 hours. But the time flies! All of the students who work at PCC are gracious and talented. Great care is taken to educate visitors about Polynesian culture. The shows and food are wonderful. My family really enjoyed our day here.
Polynesian Cultural Center Luau was a great way to spend out last full day on our Hawaiian trip. We paid a little more to have a guide so we could see as much as possible. The luau food was very good (we did 3 luau's and all have about the same food) and the dancers were entertaining.
Great day for the family. Immerse yourself in Polynesian Cultures. Touring Islands and gaining understanding of the similarities as well as differences of each family. Wear comfortable shoes, bring sun screen, and cash. Fair priced meals, and plenty of water/non-alcoholic beverages.
It was very interesting to visit all the islands cultures and beliefs all in one place. The Luau was very good as well.
The time spent at the PCC with the Ambassador's ticket was absolutely awesome. I would great suggest this tour to people of all ages.
This was an amazing day! What a brilliant way to learn about the different cultures of the south pacific. Our guide Chapo - hope I got that right was very knowledgable and friendly and each of the village presentations was both educational and amusing. The food at the Luau wasn't brilliant for a vegetarian but, as I'd already filled up on ice cream and pineapple smoothy, that wasn't a problem. The 'Ha: Breath of Life' show was amazing and really rounded off the day on a high. Highly recommend this tour.
This is the first time our family visited PCC for a full day/evening. The Center exceeded our expectations. We enjoyed and had time to see most of the villages, the Ali'i Luau buffet and Ha Breath of Life spectacular. We chose that particular luau as we were more interested in Hawaii cuisine rather than the more common prime rib and seafood. We were informed correctly by Knox, our coach bus tour guide, not to expect to see everything in the village in one day, but we did cover most of the Center.
We started by walking only a block from our condo at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, to the Ilikai where we were picked up by a full-sized, comfortably air-conditioned coach bus at about 10 am. The drive up along the east coast o the northern area of Oahu was breathtaking.
We arrived at PCC at around 11:30.
We had a delicious lunch at Pounders Restaurant at the marketplace, as recommended and arranged by Knox. We were too full to try desserts, but Aunty Emily's Bakery within the restaurant had a magnificent display of desserts, including island favourites. The Marketplace had many places to shop, but we left it to the afternoon before attending the last feature in the evening, the spectacular Ha Breath of Life show. PCC opened at noon, so we had time for lunch. Some wonderful professional photos taken at the entrance and at the Ali'i Luau.
The villages representing Polynesian islands of the Pacific, were well presented. We particularly enjoyed the cruise in the large canoe admiring the great size of the Josepa canoe built according to ancient plans and used as a cultural teaching tool it is sailing classroom to islands for students of BYU cultural dances and demonstrations at villages especially those of Fiji and Aotearoa NZ where we enjoyed Kap, the great, seasoned Samoan storyteller and fire performer. Most of the performers are students of BYU, who go to classes in the morning. The Hawaiian Journey film in the theatre was beautiful and a nice short break from the heat outside. We enjoyed the luau buffet and entertaiinment during dinner. We were not interested in the tour of BYU upon leaving the villages. We did appreciate this option was great for those who were interested. Instead, we spent time shopping at the marketplace as we waited for the final performance. The Ha Breath of Life spectacular was excellent as a combination of Polynesian cultures into a family story of the circle of life.
My husband and I have experienced a great luau at Paradise Cove 27 years ago, and enjoyed the beachside setting. I believe this is still offered, but this time we decided to try PCC with our adult children for a more full cultural experience. We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the day at PCC as well.
Wonderful experience. We took the Ambassador package with Luau and transport from the hotel. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of great information on various Polynesian cultures and got us to all the major attractions on time.
We enjoyed this 12 years ago and we still enjoyed it this time, with our children.
A must do event in Oahu. Had the ambassador ticket so got picked up close to our hotel in the morning. We had a small group tour with a fantastic guide, Parley, who was very chatty and informative. The different islands were terrific and great fun. Buffet lunch and dinner. Luau during dinner and then the Ha Breath show which was amazing.
Wonderful overview of the various Polynesian cultures! Great activities and shows at each of the 7 villages! The luau and Breath of Life show in the evening were both excellent! Highly recommend this full day tour!
I've been raving about the Polynesian Cultural Center to everyone I meet. It was a great day of fun and entertainment. Wish we had more time to spend there. It is a better event if you spend two days there.
Our tour guide was wonderful on the drive out. Then we were given a new tour guide for the Cultural Center. Both were great. I loved seeing the different villages and hearing the history about each of the Polynesian cultures.
2nd time doing this tour and although there was a bit of a confusion, when I called in to confirm the tour-the company finally found us. We had quiet an experience as the family sitting at our table was fighting. It was pretty embarrassing for everyone else at the table. But the food was good and the Polynesian Cultural Center should not be missed when you are in Hawaii.
Awesome experience! The shows were fun, beautiful and engaging. The hands on activities were also fun to do, like the swinging poi. Just a wonderful, albeit long, day. 10:30am-10:30pm
Fantastic place to see the culture of the islands. The canoe parade of the different islands is beautiful and entertaining. The evening show is definitely worth seeing.
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the many Polynesian cultures, and enjoy fine entertainment and good food. Be aware that this is just a snippet of what the culture Center has to offer. You will want to come back on your own to leisurely enjoy the cultural center.
The day will go fast because there is so much to see and do. The students are not only talented, but gracious and knowledgeable, too.
We do not usually pay for extras but on this trip we paid for the Super Ambassador and it was worth every penny. We had a personal tour guide that was amazing and we saw everything we wanted to see. We then attended the luau and evening show and the show was breathtaking. We had so much fun and would pay the extra money again for the trip. I would recommend this to all that visit Oahu.
We spent a full day at the Cultural Center, capped off by the luau and evening show. If you have the time, I would recommend spending 2 days there. With the help of a great guide, we were able to take in the shows at all 6 villages, the canoe pageant and canoe ride. We did not have time to see and participate in the demonstrations in all the villages. Everyone is friendly, knowledgeable and proud to share their culture. The luau includes a feast of foods and a colorful high energy show. The evening show, Ha: Breath of Life, was a wonderful way to finish our day. The costumes, talent and energy of the performers are amazing. Put this on the top of your to-do list.