Polynesian Cultural Center

Cultural Center and History Museum
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  • Keith L.
    "Pretty much everyone who works here is Mormon."(8 Tips)
    Barbara I.
    "night show of traditional dancing"(4 Tips)
    Kristina C.
    "Buffet was atrocious but the Ha Breath of Life show was awesome."(2 Tips)
    Randy K.
    "The canoe pageant is a must see for anyone going."(2 Tips)
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  • Timothy G.
    Timothy Golen2 weeks ago
    It wasn’t a complete waste.
  • Lauren C.
    Expect to use the 3 day readmission that comes with each ticket. Shows, then activities. Hit So'da bomb for local unique soda mixes. Luau is okay but the breath of life show is as amazing as a ballet.
  • Alfa S.
    Didn't get to walk around too much, but I've heard nothing but good things about the traditional performers.
  • Nate L.
    Our family really enjoyed our visit! Entertaining, fun, informative. Also cool that it supports scholarships and a local community.
  • Nadii G.
    Lots of walk up restaurants!
  • Steve C.
    Talk to the hosts/performers. A couple reached out to me when I was wandering. One taught me a dance and the other showed me hale weaving. They were super friendly and willing to share.
  • Steve C.
    If you're staying in Waikiki without a car, there is a bus route (#55) that goes out there. It's a long bus ride but you can't beat the fare.
  • Cam B.
    Cam ByrdJanuary 8
    A pricey, but fantastic way to spend a day. Educational, interactive and FUN. Many uplifting experiences that presented the culture of Polynesia.
  • Sunny  =)
    Sunny =)November 20, 2016
    Cool place to check out the different cultures
  • C B.
    C BaileyOctober 18, 2016
    Highly recommend coming. The experience and show are something to see. Island buffet is nothing special but not terrible.
  • Corey B.
    Corey BaileyOctober 15, 2016
    Great food, entertainment, service, experience, everything. I highly recommend this for every visitor. A little bit expensive but so worth it to learn about the culture that influences so much here.
  • Manas S.
    Manas SethiJuly 6, 2016
    food and shopping
  • Shannon G.
    Shannon GrantApril 2, 2016
    I learned so much here!! Definitely take the boat ride 🚣🏼
  • Luis C.
    Luis C.October 23, 2015
    It's free to tour the marketplace and parking is free as well.
  • Amanda O.
    Amanda OgdenAugust 3, 2015
    great place to learn about the Polynesian Culture!
  • Sea Jay
    Sea JayJuly 30, 2015
    Definitely watch the boat parade and buy the ice cream that they sell just before the show.
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew ReichardtJune 11, 2015
    Everything here is amazing! I cannot recommend it enough.
  • Randy K.
    Randy KingMay 17, 2015
    This is truly a great place to see Polynesian culture. Go early to see all the amazing presentations. The canoe pageant is a must see for anyone going. Make sure you have time for gifts shops!
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChaseMay 12, 2015
    This place is a must visit of you want to understand the difference between the different Polynesian groups.
  • Kate I.
    Kate IpApril 29, 2015
    I just contributed to the church of Lds... 😭😭😭
  • Clare
    ClareMarch 22, 2015
    Tourist trap
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KimMarch 18, 2015
    If you have kids, it's more than a day because of the activities. So you will not be able to see all the shows unless you skip the activities.
  • Tara T.
    Tara ThelenMarch 10, 2015
    This is amazing. Spend a little more and get a tour guide. He or she will make sure you see all the good stuff.
  • Alaa👧🏻🇸🇦🇬🇧
    I really had fun and amazed with all the cultures there, the night show is somewhat boring, you can see these kind if dances in all around Hawaii, the best show in the center is at 2 p.m.
  • Dan S.
    Dan SteeleJanuary 20, 2015
    We got the Super Ambassador Package for my group. Absolutely amazing guide, simply splendid food & entertainment like no other. We'll be coming back. Say hi to Fred (canoe pusher).
  • Sean N.
    Sean NorthernJanuary 12, 2015
    Bring some walking shows we logged 6 miles of walking.
  • Sean N.
    Sean NorthernJanuary 12, 2015
    The tour during the day was excellent Marcia did a great job keeping things lively the show is pretty good but after spending a whole day in the park I was to tired to sit through it.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CJanuary 2, 2015
    A fantastic day! I wish they opened earlier - we would have loved to spend more time here before the Luau and Night Show! I would recommend to anyone visiting Oahu!
  • Linette H.
    Linette HollandsworthDecember 28, 2014
    The people here were so helpful and friendly and learning about he different cultures was so cool.
  • Monica C.
    Monica CNovember 12, 2014
    The luau was fun but the best part of this place, hands down, was the show.
  • Jimmy K.
    Jimmy KastnerSeptember 23, 2014
    This place is probably more expensive than it should be. The buffet is mediocre, but the displays of Polynesian culture are informative. A great place to learn about something new.
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaSeptember 1, 2014
    Taking a bus to this place is super easy. It just takes time.
  • Joshua W.
    Joshua WalkerAugust 24, 2014
    Definitely a full day kind of activity. Food was great. Nice family atmosphere. The evening show was awesome.
  • Pyramid P.
    Pyramid PortalAugust 21, 2014
    Beautiful stunning locations with very insightful decor and artifacts. Has the history of every poloneisan culture.
  • Noel C.
    Noel ClarkeAugust 20, 2014
    I honestly didn't know much about Polynesia. This place not only teaches but makes you want to know more. If you're into knowing about other cultures this is the place. Trip out has amazing views too
  • Clay C.
    Clay ChastainAugust 8, 2014
    Hokey Mormon theme park. The actors are Mormon students from all over, and I'm not convinced of the authenticity. The food was terrible and the worst kalua pork I've had on island. And no alcohol.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    A total immersion in pre-Colonial island culture. Take in Samoan fireknife dancing and feast at a luau upon such dishes as poi (taro root), poke (marinated raw fish) and kalua pua'a (pork butt). Read more
  • Amber G.
    Amber GardnerJune 8, 2014
    Taro rolls. 😯
  • Melvyn H.
    Melvyn HeardJune 6, 2014
    Don't listen to the bad reviews. We had a great time for a couple of hours. Set your expectations, this place "enter-cational". Groupon made it even better at 50%
  • Susan C.
    Susan CMay 6, 2014
    Terrible! Read these reviews in advance. We thought it was an opp to learn about local culture. Buffet = inedible; place run by Mormons! You're giving $ to the people who ruined the original culture!!
  • Diego R.
    Diego RomeroApril 19, 2014
    World class cultural entertainment and great food! Be sure to arrive at 2pm so you have enough time to know all the islands.Hã:The Breath of Life is a MUST (150 artists, 2h of incredible performances)
  • Mark W.
    Mark WilsonApril 5, 2014
    This place is owned by the Mormon Church. There is no alcohol for sale on premise. Even at dinner. Totally dry.
  • thatgirl t.
    thatgirl toryaFebruary 25, 2014
    Make sure you give yourself lots of time to explore!
  • Jill H.
    Jill HansenFebruary 18, 2014
    The sherbet fruit bowl
  • Archer A.
    Archer AllyFebruary 11, 2014
    Wow, the reviews for this place is all wrong. Really great place to visit. The Laua food was good too and worth trying, desert needs work. But a must do!
  • Momma C.
    Momma C 🌴🌺February 4, 2014
    Save your money and skip the tour, the sub par food & the Vegas style show. The presentations are all near each other & scheduled every 1/2 hr. Spend the $100 you save on a nice dinner in Waikiki. 🌴
  • Momma C.
    Momma C 🌴🌺February 4, 2014
    Bring your bug repellant. Watching the canoe pageant can get you some mosquito bites 😒
  • Hareesh N.
    Hareesh NuthiJanuary 26, 2014
    In particular don't miss 2 shows .. One at 1430 in the river and other show in Hawaii village.. They are must do ..
  • Cat F.
    Cat FithianNovember 15, 2013
    Lots of upselling and HUGE crowds, but they handle the people smoothly and well. Fun but not the traditional luau I'd hoped for.
  • Gulcin S.
    Gulcin SogutOctober 30, 2013
    Dont miss here! It's really cool to learn a lot about their cultur
  • Erica&Julia&Kelly G.
    Eh, I was kinda bored in the villages. So was my 3 year old. I think older kids have a better time though. The 230 dance/fashion show on the water was really cool though.
  • Samuel A.
    Samuel ArakiOctober 5, 2013
    If you want a luau buffet experience, pony up and have it here. It's solid.
  • Kelsey M.
    Kelsey MillerSeptember 27, 2013
    Breath of life was really cool, but could have been half as long. Intermission ice cream tastes like peach/bubblegum Luau food was great! Very interesting shows and look into each culture.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan McMorrowAugust 2, 2013
    Just go to Tonga. You will not be disappointed.
  • Chinda G.
    Chinda GneanJune 7, 2013
    Worth every penny! Try to mention an ad you saw in a magazine and they will give you 10% off!
  • Justin S.
    Justin StoutJune 6, 2013
    Luau was fantastic, great food and entertainment. The Evening show was great!
  • Santa V.
    Santa V.June 2, 2013
    It's a bit shocking to see so many bad reviews!do these ppl ever appreciate anything?:/ I absolutely loved the HĀ:Breath of Life show & the food! also, they employ local students!Fantastic day!THANKS!
  • Dennis P.
    Dennis PangJune 2, 2013
    Pay the $25 for the lunch buffet and the guided tour. The buffet isn't great, but it's an efficient way to experience the entire attraction.
  • Keith L.
    Keith LMay 30, 2013
    Pretty much everyone who works here is Mormon.
  • 🎀 Shorty 💕
    🎀 Shorty 💕May 30, 2013
    HA " The Breath Of Life" show was amazing. Samoa Dinner was excellent
  • Sheetal P.
    Sheetal PaulsonMay 30, 2013
    $8 parking unless you have the season pass
  • Barbara I.
    Barbara IliopoulosMay 14, 2013
    A great day out at a theme park where you learn about the all the different Polynesian Cultures. The night show of traditional dancing is great and some trivia - Blue Hawaii was filmed here (Elvis) Read more
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Everyday
    EverydayMay 9, 2013
    A good one-time trip. A lot of Mormons.
  • Nate A.
    Nate AndyMay 1, 2013
    If you came to Hawaii to drink and watch bikini girls on the beach then this is not your place. If you enjoy theatrical shows then you will enjoy the full day experience the center has to offer.
  • Paul R.
    Paul ReevesMarch 29, 2013
    Come here. It's a fantastic family day.
  • Zach W.
    Zach WillettMarch 19, 2013
    I didn't know what to expect here. Thought it would be boring and educational. I was blown away by how fun and funny it actually was. Highly recommended this if you have the time!!
  • Jim S.
    Jim S.January 8, 2013
    The students do a great job at the "island" attractions. Unfortunately, the food is atrocious at the Island Feast Buffet. Your money is better spent elsewhere to learn about Polynesian culture.
  • Evan
    EvanDecember 11, 2012
    Not sure why there are bad reviews. Been to other luaus. This was well worth my money. Do the Ambassador package. Take the tour beginning at 12 and it's guided all day. Prime dining is the best.
  • Kimberly L.
    Kimberly LynnNovember 24, 2012
    totally fake and gay
  • Nick B.
    Nick BartonNovember 4, 2012
    Ambassador package. Definitely family fun, plan on spending at least half a day. Though not cheap, the revenues support scholarships for college students.
  • Terri M.
    Terri MSeptember 29, 2012
    Sunscreen & comfortable shoes are absolute MUST. 1st timers, expect to spend almost a day to see & experience everything including the dinner & the show. Use the Kamaaina discount if you're local.
  • Michelle
    MichelleSeptember 14, 2012
    Very cool place. Food was mediocre. Have had better luau food. Overall great experience!
  • Gina C.
    Gina ColemanSeptember 4, 2012
    Overrated! Good for a few hours, but definitely not all day.
  • Uddhav K.
    Uddhav KambliAugust 29, 2012
    It's nice if you have half a day to spare. Buy the general admission only. Closed Sundays. If you sail then they have the Iosepa in the Hawaii village. It's a 57ft all wood ocean canoe.
  • Justin Z.
    Justin ZJuly 19, 2012
    Run!! If you are still reading this you are not running fast enough.
  • Emomee Z.
    Emomee ZJuly 19, 2012
    This place is stupid. It is sad that the most interesting thing is the trip to the Mormon temple. The girls who did the tour were lovely.
  • Mishell P.
    Mishell PaulinoJuly 18, 2012
    I enjoyed walking around here and taking pictures during the day, then having dinner and watching the evening show (Ha, Breath of Life). http://www.polynesia.com/
  • Kristina C.
    Kristina CurryJune 25, 2012
    Park on the side of the road for free. Buffet was atrocious but the Ha Breath of Life show was awesome.
  • Vic M.
    Vic MelecioJune 3, 2012
    "breath of life" ..highly recommend!
  • Karla
    KarlaMay 9, 2012
    Like Epcot
  • Bryan B.
    Bryan BradyMay 9, 2012
    This place needs a BAR!
  • Rahel B.
    Rahel BailieApril 28, 2012
    Who knew this is run by the Church of Latter Day Saints? An alcohol-free venue.
  • Jesse D.
    Jesse DApril 20, 2012
    *NO BOOZ here!!* This should be listed at the top of the brochure/website.
  • FamilyFun
    FamilyFunApril 18, 2012
    Where else can you experience the cultures of Samoa, Fiji, Hawaii, Aoetearoa, Tonga and Tahiti all in one place? Enjoy the famous luau, canoe races, fire making, and more! http://bit.ly/UaQjd
  • Richard R.
    Richard RobbinsMarch 29, 2012
    Make sure to get the night show on DVD. I got it for my kids, and we've watched it more than 10 times. It costs about $20.00
  • Peter L.
    Peter LarsenMarch 8, 2012
    Stay away! Its a total ripoff with an $8 parking fee and a minimum $52 GA fee for an Disney version of something very importen!
  • MJ C.
    MJ CMarch 8, 2012
    I paid for the show and you make me pay for parking too? $5 at night, normally $8 for all day.
  • avidfoodie 2.
    avidfoodie 2January 12, 2012
    It's like Epcot , going there does not mean you've been to Tahiti
  • Cycling P.
    Cycling PeonJanuary 11, 2012
    This place sucks. Horrible buffet!
  • Will U.
    Will UpdegroveNovember 23, 2011
    Do not come here.
  • Katie R.
    Katie RomNovember 12, 2011
    Run by Mormons. They even make you hold hands to pray at the luau.
  • Matt L.
    Matt LeeNovember 1, 2011
    Don't take the Laie Tram Tour. It's nothing more than a bus ride to the LDS visitor center to watch a video of some sort (we waited outside). And then you're asked to fill out a card about yourself.
  • Steffen G.
    Steffen GaussOctober 28, 2011
    This is definitely a tourist trap run by a religious cult. Would never give my $$$ to these people who promote hate.
  • Cynthia M.
    Cynthia MarieOctober 26, 2011
    Haunted Lagoon during Halloween is worth it!
  • Raissa
    RaissaOctober 12, 2011
    Biggest waste of time and money I've ever been to. Tour is very UNinformative, even the upgraded dinner was bad. Wasted day here and $128.
  • Susan C.
    Susan ChengOctober 10, 2011
    Closed Sundays
  • Mel E.
    Mel ESeptember 27, 2011
    Skip the luau if looking for tradi. setting Read more
  • Dave B.
    Dave B.August 30, 2011
    Make sure to put on some sunscreen!
  • Josh Y.
    Josh YuAugust 12, 2011
    Don't wear jeans. It's torture..
  • Toast
    ToastJuly 8, 2011
    Check out Samoa!
  • Tony-Wan Kenobi
    Tony-Wan KenobiMay 8, 2011
    For the most part, I enjoyed my visit here. I have to say though, DO NOT bother with the luau. The food totally sucks.
  • Elizabeth T.
    Elizabeth ThorndikeApril 8, 2011
    Waste of time and money. Spend the day at the beach instead!
  • Damien D.
    Damien DonnellyFebruary 3, 2011
    Hawaii has too much natural beauty to spend as much time as is asked for this imitation
  • Ryuji E.
    Ryuji EnokiDecember 25, 2010
    Enjoying
  • Fikri S.
    Fikri SDecember 12, 2010
    Very good Ha show. Don't miss it
  • Michael W.
    Michael WanDecember 9, 2010
    HA The Breath of Life was an awesome show. Over 120 performers, which included a seven minute fire knife performance of up to nine fire knife dancers.
  • David S.
    David SmithNovember 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Visit with some of the employees, most of whom are incredible BYU-Hawaii students. Ask them about their stories, mainly what brought them to Laie, BYUH, and the PCC. They make the PCC what it is.
  • Alex T.
    Alex TetreaultOctober 15, 2010
    Tourist trap. If you're a kid or retired, you might like. If not, avoid.
  • Joy L.
    Joy LSeptember 4, 2010
    Check out Aotearoa and the Fijian villages. Intense and hilarious, respectively. HĀ, is for a limited engagent but well worth it.
  • Antonio F.
    Antonio FedeleAugust 17, 2010
    They charge you 8 bucks to park and want 45 to get in! Better staying on a beach! These guys are thieves! Stay on the beach! Go snorkeling!
  • Jodie R.
    Jodie RAugust 4, 2010
    The upgraded buffet was pretty good. I really enjoyed the show and learning about the different cultures.
  • christian
    christianJuly 30, 2010
    If you are a Hawaii resident, buy the annual pass. Believe me, it's worth it. Read more
  • xtinadiener
    xtinadienerJuly 11, 2010
    Not worth the drive, money or time! Go swim in the ocean instead. Unless you are on vaca with in laws. And have to go.
  • alovesong
    alovesongJuly 2, 2010
    if you can afford it, get the super ambassador package. having a personal tour guide && front row seats to all the shows, including ha: breath of life, was amazing.
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa Hirst CarnesJune 22, 2010
    Note - The luau is "dry" probably because has some affiliation to LDS. We didn't find out until too late. The food is bad. Skip the luau and just go to the show.
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PorterApril 22, 2010
    Newbies: take the tour guide unless you're sure you'll be back a second day!
  • kid smoke ..
    kid smoke .April 9, 2010
    The buffet is terrible tasting. The little performances are amazing and well worth the money.
  • Consuelo B.
    Consuelo BanksApril 6, 2010
    Love their show! The kids love visiting the different villages and doing the activities.
  • Erica S.
    Erica SwallowMarch 28, 2010
    If you're new to Polynesian culture, visit! I recommend the Ali'i Lu'au package, which includes general admission plus the luau dinner and Ha Breath of Life show for $88. Read more
  • Brendan O.
    Brendan O'NeilJanuary 17, 2010
    Volunteer for everything, take advantage while you can and enjoy yourself!
  • Yilei
    YileiAugust 30, 2015
    晚上的秀不错,晚饭也不错,就是有苍蝇到处飞
  • Orella M.
    Orella MuñozAugust 21, 2015
    Todo es grandioso, aprendes de culturas entretenidas
  • T・ M.
    T・ MaedaDecember 24, 2014
    夜のバイキングディナーはオススメ。高いプランで申し込みましょう。案内役が二人つくので、何かとお世話してくれて楽しく過ごせます。
  • Алексей Г.
    Анимация с намёком на путентичность. Некоторые шоу довольно интересны. Луау - еда не понравилась, танцевали и пели не плохо. Ночное шоу динамично.
  • Sandra Q.
    Sandra QuinteroAugust 22, 2013
    En la función de las 3:30, en la isla Tahiti, hacen la ceremonia para renovar los votos del matrimonio.
  • Olga D.
    Olga DinizMarch 21, 2013
    I recommend the whole experience: luau (5pm) and HA (the show - 7:30 pm). Both for 79 dollars./ Recomendo a experiência completa, com o luau (17h c/ buffet) e o show Ha, às 19:30. Ambos 79 dólares.
  • Douglas S.
    Douglas SiqueiraAugust 15, 2012
    De iê o carro no McDonalds ao lado, free. Soh o show vale
  • Laura D.
    Laura DLTAugust 7, 2012
    Disfrutas cena típica y show d bailarinas en vivo....
  • Jose Eduardo S.
    Os shows típicos sao um barato, a co
  • Carlos V.
    Carlos VazquezNovember 10, 2011
    Puedes pedir guias en español. Todos son estudiantes y hay quien hable español
  • Jaeha P.
    Jaeha ParkNovember 29, 2010
    선크림은 필수 입니다
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