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Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center

Open Mon - Sat noon - 9pm
55–370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, 96762

The Basics

The Polynesian Cultural Center features distinct exhibition areas covering the islands of Hawaii, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, and Rapa Nui (Easter island). Book full-day admission tickets for full access to the site, a dinner experience with a luau option, and the thrilling “Ha: Breath of Life” night show, or half-day afternoon tickets for access to one island village, dinner, and the night show. Many travelers also visit as part of a circle island tour of Oahu, which may also stop at other notable sites such as Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, or the Dole Plantation.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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Great Tour Guide
Margaret_B, Sep. 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about his job. Excellent explanation about the history of Pearl Harbor and the various island countries. Especially favored the experience in Samoa, Tonga and Tahiti in the Polynesian Cultural Center.
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It’s all worth it !
Victoria_M, Aug. 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
The best tour that we had. I will totally recommend it especially if it’s your first time in Hawaii.
star-5
A great day!
Lauren_J, Jul. 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
Loved everything about this day. Our driver Kesi was absolutely wonderful and super knowledgeable. The Pearl Harbor tour was moving and a great experience. The Polynesian cultural center is beautiful!
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Pearl Harbor and more.
BettyStratman_S, Aug. 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
Our tour guide Harold was great staying with us all day and very friendly and informative. It was A fun and memorable tour. Everything went smoothly despite very crowded venues.
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Phenomenal!
Deboralis_R, Jul. 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
The trip was amazing and phenomenal! The bus tour guide was very kind, funny and informative! Knew all the deets and made it memorable! Highly recommended!
star-4
Overall a good experience
Chris_E, Jun. 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
Overall it was a good experience. I wish it was more informative. We weren’t able to go to the dole plantation because it was too busy. The trade off was we got to spend more time at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
star-5
Erin was very helpful and patient with our group.
Melanie_P, Jun. 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
A great way to see many things if you have a little amount of time. Guide was entertaining and our group was small.
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A Day around Oahu
gordon_W, Jun. 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
Anson was so nice and knowledgeable about the history of Oahu. He was always present when we had questions. He also drove us to the hotel it was so nice of him to do so. Which added to the experience that we will never forget as a family. Also the office staff was very attentive in getting confirmed for the day. Thank you Anson and crew.
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Excellent
Renaye_D, Jun. 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
Everything was wonderful and amazing.. Awesome tour guide.. Highly recommended this tour. Just wish Dole plantation was just a little longer., but other then that I loved it..
star-5
Excellent Time
Dianne_G, May 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
Tour was amazing! Pearl Habor so moving....Loved seeing North Shore beaches and town. And to top it all off the Polynesian Cultural Center was fantastic! Our tour guide Winnie was the best!!!
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Worth the money!!
Rachel_S, Jul. 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
The tour was amazing and worth every penny! Highly recommend spending the money to take the tour if not for the experience just to not drive the road. Our tour guide Mak was education, informative and entertaining! He made everyone in the van feel like his best friend mixing in personal stories or jokes with so much knowledge of the road. His passion for the tour is evident and added to the whole experience! The sights are incredible and having a guide was great because the locals drive crazy and tourist drive slow- not a good combo on a windy, single lane in some spots, road. Mak was able to take us to spots that not everyone was stopping at! We had a great time!
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Amazing!
Lori_T, May 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
It was all fun! Our guide, Anson, was fun and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend to anyone without a rental car.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • All major areas are wheelchair accessible, and American Sign Language interpreters are available for most shows. Wheelchairs and scooters can be rented on site for an additional fee.

  • A number of gift shops and restaurants are set throughout the park, including the main Hukilau Marketplace.

  • A limited number of foreign language tours are offered starting at $25.

  • Lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis and run from $5 to $15.

  • While cameras are welcome around the site, photos and video are not allowed during the “Ha: Breath of Life” show.

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How to Get There

The Polynesian Cultural Center is set in the North Shore town of Laie, about 38 miles (61 kilometers) or one hour from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu by road. Most travelers drive independently or choose a tour that includes round-trip transportation. Free parking is available on site.

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When to Get There

The Polynesian Cultural Center is open Monday to Saturday from 11:45am to 9pm. The island villages are open from 12-5:30pm, and canoe rides are available until 6pm. Dining begins at 5:30pm and the evening show, “Ha: Breath of Life,” runs from 7:30 to 9pm. Because the center offers so many activities, it’s best to plan what you’d like to see and allot your time accordingly.

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Visiting as Part of a Circle Island Tour

Because the Polynesian Cultural Center is open in the afternoon, many full-day circle island tours spend the morning visiting sites on Oahu’s east and north shores such as Waimea Bay and the Halona Blowhole before arriving at the center around noon. If you’d like to experience the nighttime events including dinner and the show, choose an extended circle island tour that includes the evening entertainment.

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