Things to do on Oahu: Guide to Visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center
Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center to discover the rich heritage of the Pacific Islands. See this Oahu Travel Blog article, ‘Guide to Visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center,’ for a guide to making the most of your experience to this top Oahu attraction.
When you visit Oahu, plan on spending a day at the Polynesian Cultural Center, a unique facility that offers entertainment, education and activities for all Hawaiian travelers. This 'Guide to Visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center' will show you the many opportunities that await at this top Oahu attraction including luaus and Oahu tours.
Our latest Oahu Travel Blog article, 'Guide to Visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center,’ highlights ways to make the most of your trip to the Polynesian Cultural Center, a top Oahu attraction.
Polynesian Cultural Center
Location: 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, HI 96762
Distance from Ambassador Hotel: 34.4 miles
About the Polynesian Cultural Center:
The Polynesian Cultural Center originated in the late 1940s when Laie church members held a hukilau - a luau feast and fishing festival - to raise funds. From the start, the event was hugely popular, and it provided inspired the well-known song, Hukilau, which begins, “Oh, we’re going to a hukilau…”
In the 1950s, busloads of tourists drove to Laie to watch Polynesian students from the Church perform their Polynesian Panorama, a production that featured authentic South Pacific songs and dances.
When you visit Oahu, plan on spending a day at the Polynesian Cultural Center, a unique facility that offers entertainment, education and activities for all Hawaiian travelers.
The Polynesian Cultural Center officially formed in 1963, with villagers drawing the largest crowds on Saturdays into a 750-seat amphitheater. The shows and performances would receive a boost in audience when Hawaii’s tourism industry began to boon, after promotional television spots on programs like the Ed Sullivan Show.
Over the years, the Polynesian Cultural Center saw several expansions with more village grounds and theater space opened. A 1000-seat restaurant became a highlight of the Polynesian Cultural Center, and in 1977, the Center became Hawaii’s top paid tourist attraction.
Why Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center?
The Polynesian Cultural Center offers shows, dining opportunities and tours that take you through time and space as you get to know the real Hawaii - and the Pacific Islands. Polynesian Village Tours escort you on a journey through the culture of 6 island nations, each with its own appeal and flavor.
Enjoy a luau dance and inner, various cultural presentations, beautiful grounds and the chance to interact with native villages. Smell, see and taste your way through Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, and take advantage of hula lessons and freshly prepared Hawaiian cuisine.
Visitors Tips for Visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center:
- Participate in ancient games at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
- Enjoy interactive demonstrations of the art of lauhala weaving.
- Talk to a villager and get all of our Hawaii questions answered.
*The Polynesian Cultural Center is open Monday through Saturday, from 11:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)
Facts About the Polynesian Cultural Center:
- The Polynesian Cultural Center features a Hukilau Marketplace where you can find unique treasures to take home.
- Island Villages presentations are held throughout the day beginning at 12 p.m. and ending at 5 p.m.
- ‘Go Native’ experiences are fun Oahu things to do as they allow guests to try Polynesian games, cooking, crafts and ceremonies.
We hope this latest Oahu Travel Blog article, 'Guide to Visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center' has provided you with inspiration to enjoy a morning or afternoon of luaus, dining, shows, crafts, games and education on our beautiful island of Oahu.
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