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Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie

Must see · Landmark · Tourist Spot
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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  • Who has a million food trucks, shops, restaurants, but no alcohol?! Would have never came here if we knew alcohol wasn’t served! We are on vacation in Hawaii!  more »
  • This place was perfect for our trip. We opted to get the bus from our hotel, a huge money saver. We got there and immediately had lots of fun. We got a smoothie and sat to wait for the canoe ride to....  more »
  • Despite the rain and not being fully open, still a highlight of our trip and totally worth it! We were a little disappointed that not all villages were open but we still had a great experience. Luau.....  more »
  • Loved this place. Extraordinary how the staff are a large percentage of students working the program for education!!! I LOVE that!! Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Our guide was Anne, and we found her informative, caring, and sweet. The dinner at the Prime/crab buffet was great. But the show at the end of the day, was exquisite!! Ha breath of life.
  • This is a gem of humanity that every person should experience. The entertaining education about various peoples of Polynesia encourages a broader appreciation for culture worldwide, the value of learning others, and the beauty harnessed in tradition. The show “Ha: Breath of Life” was absolutely breathtaking. The demonstration of family, leadership, tribal loyalty, battle, and forgiveness through dance and song is stirring to the core. Dinner is also delicious, but the true value is being immersed in another world for the day. Strongly recommended.
  • The Island villages were awesome. The whole family loved it. Samoa and Tonga were my favorites. Great activities too. The night show was spectacular! Loved the buffet too. If you’re an Football fan, check out the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. Be sure to make this one of your stops on Oahu. Benefits Polynesian students.
  • A really great experience! You need lots of time to explore everything but learning about each of the different cultures and getting to visit each of the villages was great. The luau and food were good, and the Ha! breath of life show was awesome! Definitely worth a day of our vacation!!
  • Great place to learn the culture of Polynesian countries. Great food, and very friendly staff. Make sure you stay hydrated though. A lot of sun there. And the show they put on at the Pacific theater is just awesome! If you find yourself on that island, you definitely need to go there.

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