Polynesian Cultural Center Luau - Honolulu

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  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Duration: 12 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    During normal operating hours
  • Departure Details :
    The Polynesian Cultural Center
  • Return Details :
    If option with transportation is selected, hotel drop-off will be approximately 10:30pm to original pick-up location.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Book your discount tickets to one of Oahu's top attractions, the Polynesian Cultural Center. Tickets to the Polynesian Cultural Centers six island villages give you the rare chance to participate in the daily adventures of Hawaiian and other South Pacific cultures. Authentic Luau buffet, and the amazing Polynesian evening show to finish the experience. You'll see why every trip to Hawaii should include a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center!

Highlights

  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Ideal choice for families

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The eight villages showcase the indigenous Polynesian cultures of Hawaii, Samoa, the Marquesas, Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga and Tahiti. Real Polynesians share knowledge of their traditional customs, and you can either watch the demonstrations or jump in and participate! Take a canoe ride on the lagoon and cook a meal in the Samoan village. Kids will love getting temporary tattoos, spear throwing, ukulele lessons and fishing.

No evening at the Polynesian Cultural Center would be complete without experiencing "Ha: Breath of Life", an ancient, yet universal tale. Performers dressed in authentic attire share their traditions and culture, just as their ancestors once did. You will also witness the exciting fire walkers and fire-knife dancers.

Polynesian Cultural Center boasts an authentic cultural experience and offers a variety of dining and show packages, perfect for all tastes and budgets.

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.

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and drop off (if transportation option selected)

Lei Greeting at dinner

Ali'i Luau Dinner Buffet

Spectacular Dinner show "HA: Breath of Life"

additional inclusions based on option selected

Entry/Admission - Polynesian Cultural Center

Exclusions

Hotel pickup and drop off (unless option is selected)

Parking is now Free for drive outs

Self guided tour upon arrival (no guide available for twilight packages)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Gluten Free and other dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Guests should request assistance from dining staff upon their arrival for these alternate menu options.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 05-Aug-2019

    We spent our 42nd wedding anniversary at the Polynesian Cultural Center, and 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... and , 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, and breathtaking... and , moving...I could go to this place every day...I loved it...

  • 29-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.

  • 22-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.

  • 09-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.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Polynesian Cultural Center Luau was a great way to spend out last full day on our Hawaiian trip. We paid a little more to have a guide so we could see as much as possible. The luau food was very good (we did 3 luau's and all have about the same food) and the dancers were entertaining.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Great day for the family. Immerse yourself in Polynesian Cultures. Touring Islands and gaining understanding of the similarities as well as differences of each family. Wear comfortable shoes, bring sun screen, and cash. Fair priced meals, and plenty of water/non-alcoholic beverages.

  • 03-Jul-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.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    It was very interesting to visit all the islands cultures and beliefs all in one place. The Luau was very good as well.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    This was my third visit—a trip with my 12 year old granddaughter. As with my other visits the sights and shows were fantastic. He staff is very welcoming and happy to give you a look inside their culture. This is a must do for first time visitors to Honolulu but you can skip the luau—the food is mediocre.

  • 19-Oct-2018

    This was an amazing day! What a brilliant way to learn about the different cultures of the south pacific. Our guide Chapo - hope I got that right was very knowledgable and friendly and each of the village presentations was both educational and amusing. The food at the Luau wasn't brilliant for a vegetarian but, as I'd already filled up on ice cream and pineapple smoothy, that wasn't a problem. The 'Ha: Breath of Life' show was amazing and really rounded off the day on a high. Highly recommend this tour.

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