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Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center

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313 Reviews
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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Overall a good experience
Chris, 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.
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A Day around Oahu
finn107, 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 Time
DianneGrenier, 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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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..
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Good but not represented well.
William_P, Apr 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
We had a lot of fun but we were disappointed that we paid to go to the Polynesian cultural center and didn’t get to. It would have been nice to know that before paying.
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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.
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Phenomenal Experience!!
Angela_W, May 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
Conway, our tour guide provided the most outstanding experience for our group. His patience and in depth knowledge of Hawaii and regional history are unmatched. He genuinely cared for each passenger and made sure everything went off without a hitch. He is personable, funny, kind, professional and an excellent representation of the company. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
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Great learning experience.
Suzanne, May 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
Our guide was informative and personable. Enjoyed the tour immensely. Highly recommend. Pearl Harbor should be seen by everyone visiting the island
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Dads 85th Birthday trip
Deon_C, Feb 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
We had an amazing time!! Harold was such a great guide!!! Pearl Harbor was a huge check off our fathers bucket list!! It was so great to spend that time with him! Harold showed us around so many amazing and beautiful places!! It was definitely a day to remember!!!
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Polynesian Cultural Center... Pearl Harbor.
Analee_B, Feb 2020
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
Very excellent service! We loved the tour! Our guide, JJ, was amazing! A must see! Loved the center! JJ took us all the way around the island too.
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The Polynesian Culture Center is an inspiring place with great entertainment, food and scenery!
Lane, Feb 2020
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
JJ was our Gide and did an amazing job! We loved the entire experience. Everyone should take this tour!
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Best of Oahu was the BEST!
Minnesota-grandma, Feb 2020
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Arizona Memorial & Polynesian Cultural Center
Our guide, Walter, was terrific! He is third generation living on the Big Island and gave us an insider’s view on day-to-day “real” life there. He was flexible so that we saw more than the basic 3 highlights, with brief stops along the way. Our small group of 6 made it more personal. Of course, Pearl Harbor was incredibly moving. Excellent tour in every way, and well worth the cost!

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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Trip ideas

Know Before You Go: Visiting Pearl Harbor

Know Before You Go: Visiting Pearl Harbor


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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