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Overview

Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the South Pacific with a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu. Join in activities such as ukulele lessons and canoe rides and learn traditional customs from villagers spanning Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Hawaii and more. Upgrade to include a luau dinner, hotel transportation and premium seating to a thrilling Polynesian show.
  • Visit eight villages showcasing Polynesian culture
  • Canoe ride, tattoos, spear throwing, ukulele lessons and fishing
  • Spectacular Polynesian evening dinner show 'Ha: Breath of Life'
  • Optional transportation from Waikiki hotels
  • Additional upgrade options
Experience the customs of Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa, the Marquesas, Tonga, Fiji, and Tahiti at the Polynesian Culture Center in Oahu. Hear village traditions from across Polynesia and participate in a wide array of activities that pay homage to this vibrant side of the world. Practice fishing and spear throwing, paddle an outrigger canoe and try your hand at preparing an authentic Samoan meal.
Upgrade your admission ticket to enjoy the evening performance of ‘Ha: Breath of Life,’ incorporating passed down tales from generation to generation. You’ll also see thrilling acts from flaming-knife dancers and firewalkers. To make the most out of your evening, upgrade to also include a luau dinner and hotel pickup and drop-off from your hotel.

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.

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l
, Oct 2018

This was an amazing day! What a brilliant way to learn about the different cultures of the south pacific. Our guide Chapo - hope I got that right was very knowledgable and friendly and each of the village presentations was both educational and amusing. The food at the Luau wasn't brilliant for a vegetarian but, as I'd already filled up on ice cream and pineapple smoothy, that wasn't a problem. The 'Ha: Breath of Life' show was amazing and really rounded off the day on a high. Highly recommend this tour.

S
, Aug 2018

Interesting and educational. The luau was good and the Ha show was beautiful.

L
, Jul 2018

This is the first time our family visited PCC for a full day/evening. The Center exceeded our expectations. We enjoyed and had time to see most of the villages, the Ali'i Luau buffet and Ha Breath of Life spectacular. We chose that particular luau as we were more interested in Hawaii cuisine rather than the more common prime rib and seafood. We were informed correctly by Knox, our coach bus tour guide, not to expect to see everything in the village in one day, but we did cover most of the Center.
We started by walking only a block from our condo at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, to the Ilikai where we were picked up by a full-sized, comfortably air-conditioned coach bus at about 10 am. The drive up along the east coast o the northern area of Oahu was breathtaking.
We arrived at PCC at around 11:30.
We had a delicious lunch at Pounders Restaurant at the marketplace, as recommended and arranged by Knox. We were too full to try desserts, but Aunty Emily's Bakery within the restaurant had a magnificent display of desserts, including island favourites. The Marketplace had many places to shop, but we left it to the afternoon before attending the last feature in the evening, the spectacular Ha Breath of Life show. PCC opened at noon, so we had time for lunch. Some wonderful professional photos taken at the entrance and at the Ali'i Luau.
The villages representing Polynesian islands of the Pacific, were well presented. We particularly enjoyed the cruise in the large canoe admiring the great size of the Josepa canoe built according to ancient plans and used as a cultural teaching tool it is sailing classroom to islands for students of BYU cultural dances and demonstrations at villages especially those of Fiji and Aotearoa NZ where we enjoyed Kap, the great, seasoned Samoan storyteller and fire performer. Most of the performers are students of BYU, who go to classes in the morning. The Hawaiian Journey film in the theatre was beautiful and a nice short break from the heat outside. We enjoyed the luau buffet and entertaiinment during dinner. We were not interested in the tour of BYU upon leaving the villages. We did appreciate this option was great for those who were interested. Instead, we spent time shopping at the marketplace as we waited for the final performance. The Ha Breath of Life spectacular was excellent as a combination of Polynesian cultures into a family story of the circle of life.
My husband and I have experienced a great luau at Paradise Cove 27 years ago, and enjoyed the beachside setting. I believe this is still offered, but this time we decided to try PCC with our adult children for a more full cultural experience. We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the day at PCC as well.

A
, Jun 2018

Wonderful experience. We took the Ambassador package with Luau and transport from the hotel. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of great information on various Polynesian cultures and got us to all the major attractions on time.

J
, Apr 2018

We enjoyed this 12 years ago and we still enjoyed it this time, with our children.

u
, Apr 2018

A must do event in Oahu. Had the ambassador ticket so got picked up close to our hotel in the morning. We had a small group tour with a fantastic guide, Parley, who was very chatty and informative. The different islands were terrific and great fun. Buffet lunch and dinner. Luau during dinner and then the Ha Breath show which was amazing.

T
, Mar 2018

Wonderful overview of the various Polynesian cultures! Great activities and shows at each of the 7 villages! The luau and Breath of Life show in the evening were both excellent! Highly recommend this full day tour!

J
, Mar 2018

Very interesting tour. Spent the entire day at the village. Luau was not as expected. Food not great. Show pretty much what we saw all day. However, the final show of the day in the theatre was fantastic. That was worth the money we spent on tour.

l
, Mar 2018

I've been raving about the Polynesian Cultural Center to everyone I meet. It was a great day of fun and entertainment. Wish we had more time to spend there. It is a better event if you spend two days there.

B
, Mar 2018

Our tour guide was wonderful on the drive out. Then we were given a new tour guide for the Cultural Center. Both were great. I loved seeing the different villages and hearing the history about each of the Polynesian cultures.


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