Description

Explore and learn about the different Polynesian Cultures at Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural Center. This is a great place to spend the day if you’re traveling to the Island. From great entertainment, fantastic food options and tons of information about the various island cultures – the Polynesian Cultural Center is definitely worth a visit!

The Ultimate Guide to the Polynesian Cultural Center | Explore and learn about the different Polynesian Cultures at Oahu's Polynesian Cultural Center. This is a great place to spend the day if you're traveling to the Island. From great entertainment, fantastic food options and tons of information about the various island cultures - the Polynesian Cultural Center is definitely worth a visit! #travelwithkids #traveloahu #oahutips #polynesianculturalcenter

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Know Before You Go

Directions: The Center is easy to find using Google Maps.

Location: 55-370 Kamehameha Hwy, Laie, HI 96762

Hours: Monday – Saturday 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Price

$64.85 per adult, $51.96 per child, children 3 and under free

  • Discounts or Coupon Codes: You can get 1-% off if you book 10 days in advance on their website.

Age Restrictions

None.

Bathroom Access

There are multiple bathrooms throughout the park. You can get a park map at the entrance when you pick up your tickets.

Handicap Accessibility

The entire resort is very handicap friendly. You can rent a wheelchair or scooter from the Customer Service desk if needed. There is a wheelchair row at the Evening Show and the buffets are also Wheelchair accessible. You can also request an ASL interpreter (call in advance) and service animals are also welcome at the Center. There is tons of information on their website if you have additional accessibility concerns.

Additional Information

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Highlights

One of the more unique aspects of the Polynesian Cultural Center is that the cultures are divided into separate sections of the park. That way when you go to that “island” you feel like you are being immersed in the culture. Everything from the architecture of the buildings to the staff is representative of that culture.

The Ultimate Guide to the Polynesian Cultural Center | Explore and learn about the different Polynesian Cultures at Oahu's Polynesian Cultural Center. This is a great place to spend the day if you're traveling to the Island. From great entertainment, fantastic food options and tons of information about the various island cultures - the Polynesian Cultural Center is definitely worth a visit! #travelwithkids #traveloahu #oahutips #polynesianculturalcenter

There are 6 different Polynesian Cultures represented at the park and each one offers its own show demonstrating some of the unique aspects of their history and culture. Each culture is so unique and the shows really showcase that! Plus they were incredibly entertaining and very fun to watch for the entire family. Peanut even got her own Samoan toy at one of them made out of plants!

Additional Highlights

Luau: If you’re coming to the island and want to experience a traditional luau, then I would highly recommend getting the luau package with your ticket. The park is only open from 12-6 each day. So grab the luau reservation for 6:00 PM. Then when you’re done in the park you can just walk over and grab dinner. The food was great and the entertainment was awesome! (They also do a luau reservation at 4:30. If you don’t book your tickets in advance, you’ll likely end up having to do the 4:30 time – which means you won’t have nearly as much time to go through the park since most of the park is closed by the time you get out.

The Ultimate Guide to the Polynesian Cultural Center | Explore and learn about the different Polynesian Cultures at Oahu's Polynesian Cultural Center. This is a great place to spend the day if you're traveling to the Island. From great entertainment, fantastic food options and tons of information about the various island cultures - the Polynesian Cultural Center is definitely worth a visit! #travelwithkids #traveloahu #oahutips #polynesianculturalcenterShopping: At the front of the Polynesian Cultural Center, you will find a cute little shopping area with tons of food trucks and small shops. There are tons of unique items for sale here including hand-carved statues and the most amazing soda truck I’ve ever had!

River Show: I would highly recommend getting to the park right when it opens. There is a River Show that was easily my families favorite thing we did there, but it’s in the early afternoon, not long after it opens. You’ll want to get there in time to get a good spot to watch the show!

The Ultimate Guide to the Polynesian Cultural Center | Explore and learn about the different Polynesian Cultures at Oahu's Polynesian Cultural Center. This is a great place to spend the day if you're traveling to the Island. From great entertainment, fantastic food options and tons of information about the various island cultures - the Polynesian Cultural Center is definitely worth a visit! #travelwithkids #traveloahu #oahutips #polynesianculturalcenterHa: Breath of Life Show: This is the show at the end of the night in the theater at the Center. It was incredible. The show was a very unique take on celebrating Island culture and was entertaining enough that my 2-year-old made it through the whole show without losing it – despite it being well past her bedtime.

Circle Island Tour: If you do happen to end up going to the 4:30 show or you really want to go – there’s a tour that you can take from inside the park that takes you over to Oahu’s LDS Temple. The Polynesian Cultural Center is actually owned by the LDS Church, but this is the only part of the Center where that is apparent. Even if you aren’t LDS, the Temple Grounds are incredible and definitely worth seeing if you have some time to spare.

The Ultimate Guide to the Polynesian Cultural Center | Explore and learn about the different Polynesian Cultures at Oahu's Polynesian Cultural Center. This is a great place to spend the day if you're traveling to the Island. From great entertainment, fantastic food options and tons of information about the various island cultures - the Polynesian Cultural Center is definitely worth a visit! #travelwithkids #traveloahu #oahutips #polynesianculturalcenter

Things To Bring

  • Food and Drink: There are plenty of places to purchase snacks, drinks, and meals in the Cultural Center. There’s the shopping area at the front of the Center which has a variety of food trucks and a sit-down restaurant that even serves breakfast if you want to get there a little bit early (or you just want to go eat inside and get out of the heat). There are also food stands throughout the park offering a variety of fair type food and a BBQ lunch buffet during the day.
    • Dinner: You can also eat dinner in the shopping area or at the Luau. They also offer 2 other buffets that don’t feature any entertainment. (Both the Luau and the 2 buffets require advance purchase when you buy your tickets.)
  • Hand sanitizer: This is a definitely necessary if you bring your kids. This place is very popular and even in the offseason, it’s usually pretty busy. Although there are plenty of bathrooms throughout the Cultural Center, bringing some hand sanitizer to use in between is a good idea. We went to the Cultural Center at the beginning of our trip and our entire family ended up getting sick. (I’m not saying this is for sure from the Cultural Center, but we did not bring hand sanitizer and chances are it was from this or the plane.) You do not want to have a sick toddler during your Hawaii vacation, so load up or wash your hands often.

The Ultimate Guide to the Polynesian Cultural Center | Explore and learn about the different Polynesian Cultures at Oahu's Polynesian Cultural Center. This is a great place to spend the day if you're traveling to the Island. From great entertainment, fantastic food options and tons of information about the various island cultures - the Polynesian Cultural Center is definitely worth a visit! #travelwithkids #traveloahu #oahutips #polynesianculturalcenter

  • Camera: This is a fun place to bring a nice camera since the landscaping is incredible!
  • Weather/ Clothing Recommendations: Dress for the weather on the island that day.
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses or Hats: Bring sunscreen & sunglasses or a hat for all the members of your family. While there are plenty of trees in the park, and lots of shade – most of the presentation areas are not shaded.
  • Stroller Access: The entire Center is stroller accessible. You’ll want to get to the shows a bit early to snag a spot on the lower rows so you don’t have to carry your stroller up the stairs. Some of the presentations even have specific spots they will direct you too if you have a stroller.

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