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  • Location: Laie, Oahu
  • Duration:  Flexible

Here at the Polynesian Cultural Center, take a journey across numerous South Pacific cultures. With these discounted tickets to one of Oahu’s top cultural attractions, not only do visitors have the chance to participate in Polynesian adventures, but also to experience an authentic luau and fiery Polynesian show.

Highlights

  • Oahu Polynesian Cultural Center tickets
  • Visit eight villages showcasing Polynesian culture
  • Canoe ride, tattoos, spear throwing, ukulele lessons and fishing
  • Options to upgrade to include Ha Polynesian show, dinner and extras
  • Option to include transport from Waikiki hotels

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What You Can Expect

Polynesian Cultural Center Tickets

Polynesian Cultural Center

Here at the Polynesian Cultural Center, eight villages showcase the cultures of Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Hawaii, the Marquesas, Tahiti, and Tonga. Listen as villagers from across Polynesia share traditional customs and knowledge, and choose to watch the demonstrations or try them out for yourself. Paddle a traditional outrigger canoe, get a temporary tattoo, or practice fishing and spear throwing before cooking a Samoan meal.

To get the most from this cultural experience, stick around for the evening performance of “Ha: Breath of Life,” an ancient tale where performers share their cultures like their ancestors did before them. You’ll also get the chance to experience the fire-knife dancers and heavily calloused fire walkers.

The Polynesian Cultural Center offers a variety of packages to suit every budget and taste. For more details, check out the tour and pricing choices below.

Itinerary

Some of the attractions at The Polynesian Cultural Center include:

Hawaii Village:

Five times each afternoon the Hawaiians present in-depth demonstrations on their ancient culture. Learn not only some basic hula, but also learn of the deeper commitment hula students make to their art, the intricacies of the motions, and the heritage of the hula implements and instruments. Gain insights into the ancient kapu or taboo system that meant men and women ate in separate houses. Learn how taro is harvested, cooked, and turned into the staple food, poi. Of course, you are also welcome to sample some. Observe how women craft leaves and flowers into beautiful Hawaiian lei and other useful items; and then try your hand at ulu maika - Hawaiian bowling, or konane - Hawaiian checkers.

Samoa Village:
Six times each afternoon the Samoans present one of the Center's most popular cultural demonstrations. Learn how to make fire by literally rubbing two sticks together, how to easily crack open a coconut, the difference between coconut juice and "milk," and how the men do all the major cooking. The young men will also show their strength and agility by climbing 40-foot coconut trees. The demonstrations take place on the malae or grassy area surrounded by outstanding examples of Samoan fale (houses), which are among the most unique in all of tropical Polynesia.

Aotearoa (New Zealand Village):
Five times each afternoon the Maori put on a demonstration that explains the symbolic significance of their beautiful meeting house, unique carvings, facial tattoos, the ancient origins and meanings of sticking out their tongues and twirling poi balls, and other aspects of one of Polynesia's most unusual group of people. You won't want to miss the stirring haka dance; kids will enjoy learning to play tititorea, a Maori stick game designed to develop hand-eye coordination, and kids of all ages seem to enjoy the ta moko area where they can get a temporary tattoo.

Fiji Village:
Five times each afternoon the Fijians present in-depth demonstrations on their ancient culture. Learn the significance of the lali or log drum, how important the coconut is in cooking, and other aspects of Polynesian island life. Review the wide array of historical weapons and implements involved in waging war upon neighboring islands and villages; that the cowry shells on the ridge mark a house as belonging to a chief, and that only the chief could enter that house through his door. Everyone will also enjoy making Fijian music with derua, a bamboo percussion instrument; or try a game of cibi (pronounced "thim-bee").

Tahiti Village:
Three times each afternoon the Tahitians present in-depth demonstrations on their ancient culture. Learn both the women's and men's movements in their exciting dances, or just try to stop your toes from tapping to the beat of the wooden to'ere drums. Learn why the Tahitians make both fragrant flower and beautiful shell lei, sample Tahitian coconut bread, tour the garden, even let your kids try some fishing, and more.

Tonga Village:
Five times each afternoon the Tongans present their very popular Tongan ta nafa or drumming presentation that actually starts by learning the simple yet graceful motions of a mauluulu sitting dance. For example, you'll learn the difference between clapping with a pasi or a fu sound. You can also try your hand at Tongan lafo, a type of shuffleboard game, or even your accuracy with tolo spear throwing.

Marquesas Village:
Five times each afternoon the Marquesan's present fascinating insights into their ancient culture. The Marquesas will enchant you with their ancient style of dancing: You can definitely see the sounds and motions of nature in their choreography, and you won't want to miss the pig hunt dance. Temporary tattoos are one of the most popular things to acquire there; and along with demonstrations of weaving and other crafts, the Marquesan's also share samples of breadfruit in season. Discover what it tastes like.

Ha: Breath of Life:
An ancient, yet universal tale about a boy born in a distant paradise. Enjoy the spectacle of over 100 performers, drums, dance, special effects, a fire spewing volcano and world renowned fire knife performance.

Rainbows of Paradise:
Rainbows of Paradise is performed daily from 2:30-3:00pm in two locations: the lagoon between the Islands of Samoa and the Hawaii Mission Settlement; and on the wide section of lagoon between the Islands of Fiji, Tahiti and Hawaii. (Because the two showings occur simultaneously, the order of appearance may be different than described). Rainbows starts with a young Polynesian woman in an outrigger canoe throwing flowers into the lagoon, a tradition reminiscent of days gone by when great steamships transported visitors to these magical islands. It was said in those days that each blossom became a memory of visits to Hawaii; and if the blossoms returned to shore, then so would the visitors.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great but you really need all day and part of the night to see it all

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was very cool. The demonstrations were excellent and the evening show was fantastic. The lua was the only part I struggled with. It was good, but you were so crowded in there. It would have been better if the tables were a little farther apart so you could get up and down more easily

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a great time here. So many things to do and see. We played games and watched the water parade,learned a lot and the food was delicious. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great day but I didn't have time to see everything. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great day at the Cultural Center. Gained a great deal of knowledge from the different Island cultures. Would definitely do this tour again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The Polynesian Cultural Center is absolutely beautiful. They showcase all of the different islands of Polynesia in separate “lands” that you can visit. Each one is full of beautiful dancers and ambassadors that can answer any questions about their “island.” In each area, you visit native homes and villages, and they have different presentations, including cooking, firedancing, temporary tattoos, and so much more. After a fun afternoon visiting all of the islands of Polynesia, they have an amazing Luau show with a fantastic Hawaiian buffet dinner. After dinner, they have the theatrical production “Ha – Breath of Life” which was simply outstanding. It showcases a young child growing up and becoming an adult in the Polynesian World. Everything about it, from the dancers to the sets to the costumes and music are fantastic. Polynesian Cultural Center is definitely a must-see for any visitor to Oahu.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The Polynesian Cultural Center was fantastic. We booked the Luau Buffett and the Ha Breath of Life Show. Both were amazing. Excellent value for money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This place was awesome. And so was the Luau!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We had great time at the Cultures. Cousin Tu was great and funny. I would recommend to attend this tour in Waikiki.

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