Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center: Cultural and Educational
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

The Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Hawaii The Center is located on the North Shore of Oahu and offers visitors the opportunity to experience the rich culture and history of the Polynesian people. The Center is made up of several different villages, each representing a different Polynesian culture, including Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, and more. This is an exceptional educational experience that you will treasure for a lifetime.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

The Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii is a must-see destination for anyone visiting the island. The Polynesian Cultural Center is located on the North Shore of Oahu and offers visitors the opportunity to experience the rich culture and history of the Polynesian people. This cultural center has won multiple awards for its excellence. It is made up of several different villages, each representing a different Polynesian culture. Including Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, and others. This is an exceptional educational experience that you will treasure for a lifetime.

As soon as you arrive you’ll be greeted by friendly staff members who provide maps of all the Polynesian Cultural Center has to offer. Additionally, they will explain the different villages you will visit.  It is one of those extraordinary experiences that you’ll want to add to your vacation must-see list.

First tour the Hawaiian village. It is filled with authentic Hawaiian huts, with traditional performances by Hawaiian dancers and stories about their culture. The dancers are incredibly talented and their performances are truly mesmerizing. The beautiful Hawaiian music and the fluid movements of the dancers will entrance and entertain. The dancers are so passionate about their culture and home. It goes without saying they are proud to share it with the world.

Samoa is another amazing and beautiful village in the Polynesian Cultural Center. Samoans greet you and also share their culture and history. You can even try out a few traditional Samoan art activities such as weaving and carving. The villagers are really patient and kind as they teach the techniques. Talk about a unique opportunity to learn about and participate in the traditional activities of this wonderful land.

Another exceptional village is Tonga, which you should make time to see. The Tongan village is full of colorful and intricate carvings and sculptures, and the villagers are more than happy to show you around and explain the meaning behind the carvings. Everywhere you look is something that has deep meaning and significance. The Tongan culture is rich in tradition and history, and it is truly an honor to learn about it from the people who practice it every day.

Now onto Fiji. You’ll instantly be transported into a time gone by. Watch a traditional fire-walking ceremony, both incredible and amazing. The strength and willpower of the fire walkers are powerful reminders of the deep spiritual beliefs of the Fijian people.

The Polynesian Cultural Center also offers visitors a variety of other activities such as canoe rides, hula lessons, and a luau dinner show. The dinner show is more than spectacular and features traditional Polynesian dances and music. The performers are all incredibly talented, and ending the day with this performance is inspiring. There is so much to take in, it’s overwhelming in a good way.

When the day has ended and you leave, you will feel a sense of admiration and respect for the Polynesian people and their culture. The Polynesian Cultural Center does an excellent job of showcasing the diversity of this fascinating culture. Including, how it has lasted the test of time. It is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Hawaii, offering you a unique opportunity to learn about and experience the rich culture and history of the Polynesian people. It was a truly special and memorable experience.

Insider Tips:
-A variety of packages are available.
-Save 10 percent when you book 10 days in advance of your visit.