Polynesian Cultural Center
An Authentic Hawaiian Experience
A trip to Hawaii is not complete without a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center. Visitors here are immersed in the culture and history of the South Pacific Island nations of Polynesia. Opened in 1963 and located in Laie, on the northern shore of Oahu, the park boasts six villages representing the respective cultures, past and present of the Polynesian islands of Tonga, Tahiti, Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa and Samoa. Educational demonstrations and interactive presentations are conducted throughout the day in all of the villages for visitors to immerse themselves into the “local” culture.
The Polynesian Cultural Center hosts what they deem as the “most authentic luau” in Hawaii, complete with award-winning live entertainment. While dining on a buffet of kalua pork, poi, pineapple bars and more, visitors are treated to the largest Polynesian stage production in the world entitled Ha: Breath of Life. The show features hula dancers, live music, blazing fire knives in addition to special effects and lights.
For tourists staying in Waikiki, the Polynesian Cultural Center offers a full-day tour of the island of Oahu. Starting in the early morning, the tour picks guests up at their hotels - The Modern Honolulu included - and stops at Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay The Pali Lookout, Dole Plantation, the North Shore Beaches, Hawaii Temple and culminates at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The full-day tour returns guests to their hotels in Waikiki in the late evening. For visitors in Waikiki wishing only to go the Polynesian Cultural Center, transportation is provided to and from the park leaving in the late morning and returning in the evening.