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The Polynesian Cultural Center is in the town of laie on Oahu’s north shore. It first stared as an area that had hukilaus and luaus in the 1940’s and 1950’s to earn money to rebuild a local chapel. The area was made famous in Alfred Apaka’s “The Hukilau Song”. Another thing that was made famous here is the shaka sign (Hang loose sign) which is made by making a fist and extending the thumb and little finger. At one time this was a unique greeting in Laie. It was a representation of Hamana Kalilii a local leader who lost three fingers from his right hand in an Industrial accident. Now the sign is known world wide as a traditional Hawaiian “hang loose”.

The Center first opened it’s doors on October 12, 1963 and has had over 32 million visitors since. Recently it has become Hawaii’s number one paid tourist attraction. Visitors will meet, interact and learn about cultural activities by the people who live on the islands of Hawaii, Tonga, Samoa, Moorea, Aoteoroa (New Zealand), Fiji, Tahiti and the Marquesas. There are seven villages on the 42 acres of the Polynesian Cultural Center. There are the villages of Hawaii, Samoa, Aoteoroa, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga and Marquesas. Each village is a recreation of a traditional village of that Country. There is also a special exhibit dedicated to Rapa Nui (Easter Island). The Polynesian Cultural Center is located in an area with lagoons and tropical landscapes. After a full day of visiting and learning about each Polynesian village, you can stay for the Alii Luau and the State of Hawaii’s largest evening show called Horizons “Where the sea meets the sky”. This is the largest performance of it’s kind in the world. I highly recommend this show.

The Polynesian Cultural Center is also home to Hawaii’s only Canoe and torch lighting ceremony. You can also ride in the canoes and watch the canoe pageant called “Rainbows of Paradise”. The Cultural Center is also home to the annual world fire knife dance competition, in which contestants display their skills with flaming swords. Each of the seven villages has hourly presentations and cultural learning experiences, so you can go where you want - when you want.

There is so much to see and do at the Cultural Center that you cannot see everything and enjoy all of the park in one visit. The Cultural Center offers the “free for three” program which allows visitors free admission for three days after their first visit.


Admission and evening show-----------------adults $55.00 children $44.00
Alii luau------------------------------------------adults $80.00 children $56.00
Ambassador with prime rib------------------adults $115.00 children $80.00
Ambassador Luau------------------------------adults $115.00 children $80.00
Super Ambassador-----------------------------adults $205.00 children $155.00


Open Monday thru Saturday and closed on Sunday.
The parking lot, gift shops, snack bar and the Barbeque luncheon buffet open @ 11:00
The Villages open at 12:30 and close at 6:30pm.

Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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