Polynesian Cultural Center - Oahu's Finest Historical Attraction

The Polynesian Cultural Center, located on the picturesque island of Oahu, Hawaii, is a captivating destination that offers visitors a unique and immersive experience into the rich and diverse cultures of Polynesia. This enchanting center serves as a window into the traditions, customs, and heritage of the Polynesian people, providing an educational and entertaining journey for all who visit. One of the most remarkable features of the Polynesian Cultural Center is its expansive and meticulously designed grounds, spanning over 42 acres of lush tropical landscape. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted with breathtaking scenery, including swaying palm trees, vibrant flowers, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The center has recreated authentic Polynesian villages, each representing a different island group, such as Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti, and more. Stepping into these villages, visitors are immediately transported into a world of ancient Polynesian traditions and way of life. 

Immerse yourself in the captivating music, mesmerizing dances, and intricate craftsmanship that has been passed down through generations. The Polynesian Cultural Center is renowned for its talented performers, who showcase their skills in daily live shows and cultural presentations. Another highlight of the center is the opportunity to participate in various interactive activities, allowing visitors to fully engage with the Polynesian culture. Learn to play traditional games, such as spear throwing or coconut tree climbing, and try your hand at ancient arts and crafts like lei making or tapa cloth printing. These hands on experiences provide a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Polynesian way of life. One of the most awe inspiring aspects of the Polynesian Cultural Center is its evening show, “Ha: Breath of Life.” This spectacular performance combines captivating storytelling, exhilarating dances, and impressive fire knife dancing to bring to life the legends and myths of Polynesia. 

The show takes place in a state of the art theater and is a must see for visitors of all ages. In addition to its cultural attractions, the Polynesian Cultural Center offers a range of dining options to satisfy any appetite. From traditional Polynesian dishes to international cuisine, visitors can indulge in a variety of flavors while enjoying panoramic views of the center’s beautiful surroundings. The center also houses a marketplace where visitors can browse for unique souvenirs, handicrafts, and locally made products. With its commitment to preserving and promoting Polynesian culture, the Polynesian Cultural Center serves as a hub for education and research. It is operated by Brigham Young University–Hawaii and serves as a training ground for students, many of whom come from the Polynesian islands. Through their involvement, these students gain a deeper appreciation for their own heritage while sharing it with visitors from around the world. 

As one of Hawaii’s top tourist attractions, the Polynesian Cultural Center welcomes thousands of visitors each year, all eager to explore and learn about the rich cultures of Polynesia. The average sale price for a ticket to the center is $75 per adult, which includes access to all the villages, shows, and activities. Additional packages and upgrades are available for those who wish to enhance their experience further. Witness the awe inspiring Canoe Pageant, a vibrant parade that showcases Polynesia’s seafaring heritage. Be mesmerized as skilled paddlers navigate through the water in traditional canoes, accompanied by enchanting music and colorful costumes. Indulge in a sumptuous feast at the Ali’I Luau, where you can savor authentic Polynesian cuisine while being entertained by live music and hula performances. Experience the warmth of Polynesian hospitality as you dine under the stars. Explore the center’s lush Rainforest Experience, where you can wander through a recreated tropical rainforest, discovering fascinating plant life, cascading waterfalls, and tranquil streams. This immersive environment allows you to appreciate the natural beauty of Polynesia. 

Discover the wonders of Polynesian navigation and astronomy at the Imiloa Astronomy Center. Learn about the ancient Polynesians’ remarkable ability to navigate the vast Pacific Ocean using the stars and celestial bodies as their guide. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking 4D theater experience of “Hawaiian Journey.” This captivating film takes you on a thrilling aerial adventure, showcasing the beauty and diversity of the Hawaiian Islands from a unique perspective. Embark on a thrilling nighttime canoe ride through the Haunted Lagoon, where you’ll encounter supernatural legends and spine chilling tales from Polynesian folklore. This haunting adventure adds an exciting twist to your Polynesian Cultural Center visit. Unleash your creative side by participating in ukulele and hula workshops. Learn to strum the iconic Hawaiian instrument or master the graceful movements of hula dance under the guidance of skilled instructors. 

Engage in friendly competitions as you try your hand at traditional Polynesian games. Test your skills in activities like outrigger canoe racing, coconut husking, or spear throwing, and experience the thrill of these ancient sporting traditions. Enhance your visit with a guided tour led by knowledgeable and passionate guides. Gain deeper insights into the history, traditions, and significance of the Polynesian cultures represented at the center, allowing for a more enriching and educational experience. The Polynesian Cultural Center hosts a variety of special events and festivals throughout the year, showcasing specific aspects of Polynesian culture or celebrating important occasions. From the Hula Festival to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, these events add an extra layer of excitement and celebration to your visit.

Oahu's #1 Voted Attraction and Must See and Do Experience

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