Polynesian Cultural Center
Hawaiian dancers performing at the Polynesian Cultural Center, Oahu
Hawaiian dancers performing at the Polynesian Cultural Center, Oahu

Polynesian Cultural Center Tours and Tickets

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Although never a recognized country, Polynesia was once considered the largest nation on Earth, with the island nations in the Polynesian Triangle all tracing their roots to the same ancestral homeland and connected by language and lore. You can experience many of these cultures at the famous Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore of Oahu. Explore some of the eight island village exhibitions; discover Maori facial tattoos, experience the “ha,” or breath of life, and how it helps connect all cultures across the Polynesian chain; enjoy a canoe tour; and stay for an evening luau.

  • 55–370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, Oahu, Hawaii, 96762

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Sara_S, Oct 2023
Trip around O'ahu
Ricardo was outstanding And the most patient man I have ever met Pearl Harbor was sobering Polynesian Cultural Center too much like a theme park Need more time to actually see and learn about the Dole Plantation
Derrick_Y, Oct 2023
Well worth the money
We did this tour on our first day on the Island. Our guide Shannon was phenomenal. We had enough time at each location to see what we wanted. The Polynesian Cultural Center could be an entire day.
Donna_C, Nov 2023
Love the Pearl Harbor an pineapple an Polynesian
It was all great love it I would recommend it to every one so beautiful The food was great the dances was amazing Pearl Harbor was so moving everyone should see it pineapple plantation was so good ice cream was so good
Jerry_W, Nov 2023
Great tour
Rick our tour guide was exceptional! Very comfortable van for us. My wife is disabled and he helped us in every way. Will book tours again!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What are Polynesian Cultural Center hours of operation?
Polynesian Cultural Center hours of operation: . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
People Also Ask
Q:Can you visit the Polynesian Cultural Center without a luau?
A:Yes. You can visit the Polynesian Cultural Center without buying a full-day luau package. Alternatives include a self-guided Islands of Polynesia tour that showcases the six island villages, or the Gateway Buffet, which includes a village tour and buffet dinner. Some Oahu island excursions also just cover the center’s villages.
Q:What time should I get to the Polynesian Cultural Center?
A:If you’ve booked any Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) package, you need to check in when it opens at 12:30pm. If you’re there just for the Ha: Breath of Life show, arrive by 7pm. To extend your visit, consider eating out or shopping at the PCC’s Hukilau Marketplace, open from 12pm.
Q:How long does it take to walk around the Polynesian Cultural Center?
A:The Polynesian Cultural Center encompasses six Polynesian island villages dotted around 42 acres (17 hectares) of tropical gardens—so expect to do some serious walking. Getting to the villages and enjoying their cultural activities and presentations, can take anything from 4-5 hours depending on your pace.
Q:Is there free parking at the Polynesian Cultural Center?
A:Yes, you can park for free at the Polynesian Cultural Center, in the large parking lots by the main gate. People with mobility difficulties or who use wheelchairs will find accessible spaces near the center entrance. Electric vehicle charging stations, available on a first come first served basis, are also in the lots.
Q:What should you not miss at the Polynesian Cultural Center?
A:You shouldn’t miss the Polynesian island villages: Each is a unique cultural experience. Highlights include hula dancing at Hawaii, drummers at Tonga, and seeing Samoa’s coconut collectors shimmy up palm trees. Other musts include lagoon canoe tours, the luau feast, and the spectacular Ha: Breath of Life show, featuring dance, music, and fire knives.
Q:Do you need a reservation for the Polynesian Cultural Center?
A:No, but booking in advance is strongly recommended. First, you can claim discounts for booking select packages at least 10 days ahead. Second, many packages, including those featuring the luau buffet or Ha: Breath of Life show, sell out quickly, so prebooking secures your spot on your chosen day.