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Polynesian Cultural Center Luau

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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 six 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 bus pickup and drop-off conveniently located near 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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Decent
newtucker17
, Sep 2019
The students performed well! Really worked hard to perform authentically. The history of Hawaii was changed. Costumes were no where near authentic or historical.
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Good family activity
Quest523069
, Sep 2019
We are a family of 5, all adults. We were at first pretty skeptical whether this would be worth the money or not. But we were actually very satisfied and happy with the decision we made. The quality of the show was unexpectedly good.
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Perfect Anniversary!
papasworldx2
, Aug 2019
We spent our 42nd wedding anniversary at the Polynesian Cultural Center, & it was an absolutely wonderful day...we had the " Super Ambassador" pkg, which included a personal guide who was the sweetest thing - my wife would've brought her home with us, she was so sweet and kind...and she saw to it that we made it to all the places we had told her we wanted to see on time, plus much more...the buffet dinner is very good, with lots of choices,...they brought us up onstage with other anniversary couples for an anniversary dance...&, since my wife's birthday was just a few days away, she had to go back up to hula dance with the other birthday girls...it was fun...and the luau show was spectacular, & breathtaking...&, moving...I could go to this place every day...I loved it...
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Great Show
Nursesandie20
, Jul 2019
This was a very nice show to watch with family. It is unique and nice variety of different entertainment to keep you engaged the entire time. Highly recommended.
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all show and advertising
richardwsmith13
, Jul 2019
I was expecting the "small group tour" to take us to all the "island locations so we could get an idea of life on that island. we got to two and late for both starts. what we did see was informative and entertaining, but we seemed to be rushed. I almost skipped out on the meal and stage show.
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Highlight of our trip to Honolulu
janetmH6144GJ
, Jul 2019
I wasn't sure what to expect when the time required for this excursion totaled 12 hours. But the time flies! All of the students who work at PCC are gracious and talented. Great care is taken to educate visitors about Polynesian culture. The shows and food are wonderful. My family really enjoyed our day here.
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Family Vacation
Tour02920425927
, Jun 2019
The time spent at the PCC with the Ambassador's ticket was absolutely awesome. I would great suggest this tour to people of all ages.
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Polynesian Cultural Center Luau great way to end our trip to Hawaii
mmargo3537
, Jun 2019
We choice to do this full day event on our last day in Hawaii because it had everything! Picked us up from our resort, took us to the center, we had lunch, took the tour and then went off to the luau! Staff was excellent and told us the history of the Hawaii people. How the different groups made the rich history of the island. The luau and show were great! We did 3 luaus and while the foods are about the same type, my son like the centers luau the best! All you care to eat and the staff is quick to bring more drinks and clear the used plates. We left the center after dark and had a nice friendly ride back to our resort. We will return to Hawaii and do this event again! Well worth the cost!
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Polynesian CC Luau
Quest707960
, Jun 2019
Excellent tour guide, excellent features, tribes, dancers, food, education of this culture. Can't find anything to complain about - everything was excellent!!!
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Stunning
Dreamer198488
, Jun 2019
This was my second trip to the PCC, however, my first time attending the Lua. What an experience!! The dancers were so engaging with the audience. The dancing was such perfection. Something I will never forget.

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