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Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie

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Transport yourself to the tropical villages of Polynesia with a visit to Polynesian Cultural Center. The living history museum offers hourly tours, performances, and interactive activities at each of its seven separate villages that represent different Polynesian cultures. Take a leisurely canoe tour of the lagoon and surrounding villages, or attend an award-winning Ali'i Luau to experience traditional Hawaiian food and a fire show. Don’t miss the Hā--Breath of Life show to see more than 100 people perform the Samoan fire-knife dance. Catch a bus to the center to avoid the steep parking fees. To visit Polynesian Cultural Center and get the most from your holiday in Laie, create itinerary details personal to you using our Laie trip itinerary builder website .
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  • We regret not getting there earlier to enjoy everything the Cultural Center has to offer! The food and entertainment was spectacular! We loved walking through the Football Hall of Fame as well as the ...  more »
  • Don't waste your money on this very expensive pseudo cultural experience run by the Latter Day Saints. Totally sanitized. Very artificial. Terrible food at the Luau, dancing was very forced. The girls...  more »
  • We were staying nearby and saw the Polynesian Cultural Center. We weren't sure what to expect but thoroughly enjoyed our day there. We highly recommend it. Very educational and fun for the whole famil...  more »
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  • My family absolutely loved our experience at the Polynesian Cultural Center! Our guide, Gabriela, was sweet and very knowledgeable. She was very patient with us and was great with my 5 year old daughter. We enjoyed the food and the presentations and activities and were in awe by the performances and the Ha: Breath of Life show. It is absolutely worth the cost. I've been telling everyone already about our fantastic experience and hope to be able to return in the future.
  • Awesome must have experience if you are visiting. I would recommend getting one of the ambassador packages to get the full experience. The pass gets you into all 6 island culture events and hands on tutorials in coconut husking, basket weaving, fire making and all sorts of other attractions. At the end of the visit, wind down with an authentic luau with music and all you can eat items. After the luau you will also have access to the live show “Ha, Breath of life” which is a AMAZING must see show. There’s fire dances, live singing, a wonderful storyline, and did I mention fire dancing!! Place is an all around blast and a must see place.
  • We had a blast visiting this place. Tickets with dinner and the show are really pricey but worth in my opinion. Dinner was a buffet style and you could eat as much as you wanted. Food was also very good. While you eat there a little performances so it keeps it very entertaining. We were there with 6 and 7 year olds and they also liked it. All workers are super nice and helpful. Boat tour guide was also super funny. One day may be not enough to see everything.
  • Excellent attraction to learn about the cultures of Polynesia: Hawaii, Fiji, Tonga, etc. Plenty of shows, presentations, music and dances. Was quite interesting, many interactive activities to do. Canoe show was entertaining, and the best cultural presentation was the one in Tonga. Many different food vendors available for pineapple shakes, ice cream, etc. If you're into football, there's the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. The luau buffet was loaded with beef, chicken, Poke, vegetables, and of course the roast pork. Ha Breath of Life was a great show, especially the ending with the fire spinning. Staff are overall very friendly. Tickets are pretty high (depends on the package) but there's a ton of stuff to do. I recommend getting there when they open to make sure you see everything, but on the other hand, each ticket allows includes 3 day admission, so coming back again is an option. Was exhausted at the end of the day. Also, many of the employees are students of the next-door university, so tickets sales help them get an education, as well as some portion going towards research.
  • This was a great experience! It was easy to spend the entire day here. There are shows and demonstrations going constantly, the people there are extremely friendly and seem excited to share what they know about their culture, and the setting is nothing short of picturesque. The buffet at the end was decent, but I would recommend going to the luoa. The final show of the night was definitely the highlight. The story is beautiful, the performers are on point, and each act stands out in its own unique way. Make this a part of your trip, you will not regret it.
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