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EXPERIENCE ISLAND VILLAGE LIFE.

Explore authentic villages from 6 Pacific cultures as they demonstrate their arts, music, history and games.

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ENJOY ACTIVITIES.

GO NATIVE.

Join in on a variety of Polynesian activities and games that will test your skill and courage.

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Experience an immersive cinematic journey through majestic mountains, roaring waterfalls, lush forests and imposing volcanoes.

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Enjoy an in-depth, entertaining look at unique aspects of various Polynesian cultures.

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Samoa Tree

MAORI POI

Test your strength, flexibility, and coordination. It looks very easy but is far from it.   The intricate movement allowed Women to keep their hands flexible for weaving and helped the men with their strength and coordination. 

Spear Throw

TAHITIAN SPEAR THROW

If you like to throw things, we have a long, sharp stick ready for you – also known as a spear. Our Tahitian villagers will teach you how to hit a coconut perched atop a tall pole 20 feet away. Good luck. Technique trumps might.

Fire

FIRE MAKING

Our Samoan villagers make starting a fire look easy and effortless. Don’t be fooled. It takes a lot of muscle, practice and skill. In the family hut in Samoa, you can try your hand at starting your own fire by rubbing two sticks together. Here’s a hint, you must use two pieces of wood from the same tree.

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MOAI STATUES

What is a Moai? As soon as you step onto the Rapa Nui Island Exhibit you'll see them - tall fellas, strange hats. Rather quiet and mysterious. Come learn about their intriguing stories and the history of the people who built them. 

Canoe Race

CANOE PADDLING 

Hop into a native-style outrigger canoe like the islanders used centuries ago and paddle around our tropical lagoon.  Watch out for the ducks!

Samoa Cooking

SAMOAN COOKING

Learn to cook the Samoan way, using sticks, stones, leaves, husks, coconut milk, taro, fish, plenty of patience, and – don’t tell mom – your fingers. Come early in the afternoon and help prepare the unusual entrees. Then return several hours later to sample the delectable results of your effort.

Canoe Tours

CANOE TOURS

Give your feet and legs a well-deserved break. Hop on a canoe and allow a paddling guide to lead you through our lagoon. You’ll pass native villages, the famous “Elvis Presley” coconut tree and several other highlights as you leisurely ride from one end of the Center to the other.

Souvenirs!

SPECIALTY SHOPS

Island themed art, décor, clothing and accessories, along with film, batteries, sunscreen, and raingear and more can be found at various kiosks and stores within the Polynesian Cultural Center. Enjoy handmade items at The Mission Home and our outstanding collection of ukuleles at the Ukulele Experience Gallery. Looking for more? Check out the Hukilau Marketplace.

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  • CANOE PAGEANT

    A rousing display of Polynesian spirit is celebrated daily at 2:30 p.m. in “Rainbows of Paradise,” Hawai'i’s only water-borne show. Once each afternoon, native Polynesians in colorful, traditional costumes treat you to the energetic dance and music of their cultures atop double-hulled canoes in the Center’s lagoon!

  • TASTE OF POLYNESIA

    Experience the Taste of Polynesia at food kiosks throughout the Center, serving a variety of authentic Polynesian dishes, cold drinks and snacks. For a heartier meal, make your way to the Hoku Pa’a Snack Bar near the Hawaiian village or enjoy one of many eateries at the Hukilau Marketplace just steps away from our front entrance.

  • WOOD & TIKI CARVING

    In the island village of Aotearoa (New Zealand), you will discover a hut displaying some of the best carvings found throughout Polynesia. Here you can observe the ancient techniques of Polynesian carving. Watch our skilled artisans carve keepsake pieces from various types of indigenous wood.

  • HAWAIIAN MISSION SETTLEMENT

    Christian missionaries were some of the earliest non-native settlers in the islands, and their influence on the local people was dramatic. Explore replicas of an early-1800s chapel, school house and the Hawaiian Mission Settlement where authentic Hawaiian quilting is still done.

  • COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS

    Eating is a favorite pastime of the Polynesian peoples. But to eat, you must cook. Several of the Center’s villages allow you to glimpse, or participate in, the food preparation process. Tasty coconut bread is baked the island way in the village of Tahiti. A full meal is demonstrated in the village of Samoa.

  • IOSEPA “VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY”

    “VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY”: The drama of ancient migration over the high seas is presented twice a day, at 1:30 p.m. and at 4 p.m. Hawaiian villagers explain how their ancestors braved deep-ocean voyages in giant, double-hulled canoes. 

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