The #1 attraction on O‘ahu is not a beach, or a theme park, or even a gigantic outdoor shopping mall (though we certainly enjoy all of those things). In fact, calling it an attraction doesn’t do it justice. The Polynesian Cultural Center is an immersive experience, a tour de force of the vibrant and diverse cultural tapestries that weave the nations and peoples of the Pacific Islands together. Featuring more than 42 acres of tropical scenery and painstakingly recreated living villages from six island groups around the Pacific, this is hands-down the best way to experience the magic of Polynesia. Nowhere else can you be educated, entertained, and enthralled, all at the same time.
Centered around a lagoon, visitors to the PCC are able to explore dutiful recreations of historical village life in such regions as Samoa, Tonga, Hawai‘i, and more. Stroll among massive carved wooden statues and war canoes, marvel at the massive ceremonial buildings and temples constructed by hand, and witness cultural demonstrations like outrigger canoe paddling, taro pounding, fishing, and more. The Polynesian Cultural Center has something for everyone!
A Luau for a Chief
Those who want the full experience can add an authentic Hawaiian luau to their visit. Sample the succulent flavors of slow-roasted pork, braised beef, and fresh caught fish as you eat your fill at an authentic Polynesian buffet. You’ll be delighted and amazed by the various islands’ songs, chants, dances, and celebrations, and you can even try your hand at traditional Hawaiian games (just don’t think you can pick up fire juggling on your first try).
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After dinner, don’t miss the incredible and award-winning stage show Ha: Breath of Life. This heart-warming and touching tale of love is set against a cultural saga of life and death, love and loss, family and friends, and tragedy and triumph. A cast of over 100 native Polynesians join together with an original score, stunning special effects, and state-of-the-art surround system in a custom built theater to bring you the story of Mana and his beloved Lani. Learn about the natural energy that fills these islands, and how the very breath we share unite us as one, all while being treated to incredible musical numbers, dance performances, and a visually stunning display of flaming fireknives like you have never seen before.
The Polynesian Cultural Center is located on O‘ahu’s North Shore, an hour’s drive from your vacation rentals on the leeward side; however, it is absolutely worth the trip. Open Monday through Saturday from 11:45am to 9pm, they sell a variety of tickets and combo packages, allowing you to plan the perfect day.