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Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday, 11:45 am – 9:00 pm
Closed Sundays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Monday-Saturday, 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Closed Sundays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Lunch & Snacks
BBQ Lunch Buffet:
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
The BBQ Lunch is held at Hale Aloha. Tickets can be purchased at the Ticketing Office. View BBQ Lunch Menu.
Fale Popo (Samoa Village):
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Carvers Workshop (New Zealand Village):
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hoku Paa Snack Bar
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tonga Snacks (Tonga Village):
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
*Temporarily closed for renovation*
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Open at 12:00 p.m. with presentations held throughout the day
“Go Native” Activities
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
If you have ever had the urge to climb barefoot up a coconut tree, try your hand at throwing a spear or learn to cook in an umu (Samoan aboveground oven), then here’s your chance to “Go Native!” at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC). Eight new “Go Native!” activities have been introduced to the PCC’s popular daytime experiences to entice guests to “do as natives do” and actively participate in several traditional Polynesian aspects of daily life, including games, crafts, cooking and ceremonies.
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Canoe tours on our tropical lagoon.
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The 1850s Hawaiian Mission Settlement is comprised of a small non-denominational chapel, an open-sided Polynesian-style school house and a rock-walled missionary home which features many handmade and quilted items for sale
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
A one of a kind pageant on the water! Each island puts on a beautiful representation of their dance and music on large platform canoes as you watch from various viewing areas along the lagoon
Laie Tram Tour
12:00 pm – 6:40 pm
Take a bus tour of Brigham Young University – Hawaii, the town of Laie, and the Laie Hawaii Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located next to the Polynesian Cultural Center.
1:30 pm (first show)
Last showing at 6:30 pm, Japanese language version show at 5:30 pm. The movie lasts approximately 15 minutes.
In the event of inclement weather, events and indoor shows will continue to operate, including all Village presentations, the Ali’i Luau, Prime Dining, Island Buffet, BBQ Lunch, and the Ha:Breath of Life Evening show. For the safety and comfort of our guests and staff, some outdoor events and presentations may temporarily close until weather improves and it is safe to resume activities.
Food kiosks and restaurants
11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Hukilau Marketplace, at the entrance of the Polynesian Cultural Center, is open free to the public from 10:00 am to 9:30 pm. Monday – Saturday (closed Sundays). Free parking included.
“HA:Breath of Life” Show
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Seating begins at 7:00 p.m. All seats are reserved. Advance reservations are highly recommended.
Polynesian Football Hall of Fame
Polynesian Hall of Fame
11:00 am – 9:30 pm
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honors Polynesia’s greatest players, coaches and contributors. The permanent exhibits which stand next to the Center’s new Hukilau Marketplace; admission is FREE. Reflecting Polynesia architectural design, the Hall of Fame gallery features lava stones, koa and ohia wood, and accents of traditional fabric and includes photos, memorabilia and an interactive display.
There are many places to dine at the Polynesian Cultural Center. During the day guests may stop at any of our snack bars located throughout our island villages or at our Hukilau Marketplace. For dinner, guests can feast in our award winning Ali’i Luau, or our Gateway Restaurant. Reservations required to attend our Ali’i Luau, Prime Dining and Island Buffet Restaurants.
Alii Luau (ticket holders)
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Ambassador Luau (ticket holders)
6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Alii Luau seating begins at 3:30 pm. Ambassador Luau seating starts at 5:30pm the Luau include a Polynesian review which begins at approximately 4:05 pm with the regal Royal Hawaiian Court procession and the presentation of the imu-roasted pork (pork cooked in the traditional Hawaiian underground oven). Seating begins at 5:30 pm and shows begins at approximately 6:05 pm for Ambassadors. We encourage you to arrive on time and enjoy the entire luau experience. View Ali’i Luau Menu.
Prime Dining Buffet
4:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Seating begins at approximately 4:45 pm and continues through 6:45 pm. View Prime Dining Menu.
4:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Seating begins approximately at 4:45 pm and continues through 6:45 pm. View Island Buffet Menu.
- Hours of Operation
- Street Address
- Parking is FREE.
- Disability parking is available near the main entrance.
- Charging stations for electric vehicles are available on a first-come first-served basis.
Allow yourself at least 60-75 minutes of straight drive time. Please note that commuter traffic from Honolulu to the North Shore can be heavy from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Drive west (the side closer to the mountains) on the H-1 freeway (driving toward the mountains on either McCully St. or Kapahulu Ave. are the two closest on-ramps from Waikiki).
Exit right at Likelike Highway (#63, just past Bishop Museum), driving up and through the spectacular Koolau Mountains.
Take the first right-hand exit (Kahekili Highway), which soon turns into Kamehameha Highway (#83), and continue North.
Enjoy 23 miles of breathtaking scenery on #83, including Kualoa, Mokoli’i Island (Chinaman’s Hat), and Kahana Bay. Once you enter Laie, the Polynesian Cultural Center is on the mountain (mauka) side of the highway.
After the evening show, most visitors and tourist buses follow the reverse of this route back to Waikiki, turning east on the H-1 freeway and following the exit signs to Waikiki.
Shuttle service from Waikiki can be purchased with Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) tickets. You can add transportation to your PCC tickets in the Shopping Cart when you checkout. Otherwise, feel free to contact our Reservation Center at 800-367-7060 for assistance.
Founded in 1865, this area was originally desolate and uninhabitable. Through tender loving care and tenacity the lovely town of Laie, also known as ‘The Gathering Place’, grew into a beautiful center of spirituality, education and ethnic harmony. The Polynesian Cultural Center first opened its doors in 1963 as a way for students at the adjacent Church College of Hawaii (now Brigham Young University Hawaii) to earn money for their education and as a means to preserve and portray the cultures, art and crafts of the people of Polynesia. Prior to this great event, the town of Laie hosted weekly hukilaus, a community fish fry meant to entertain, instruct and support the community. We’ve come a long way since 1963. The center has grown to become Hawaii’s number-one paid attraction, drawing nearly a million visitors a year.
Hawaii Magazine 2017 Readers Choice Awards – “Best Oahu Luau”
Hawaii Magazine 2017 Readers Choice Awards – “Best Oahu Museum”
Hawaii Magazine 2016 Peoples Choice Awards – “Best Family Live Show”
Star-Advertiser’s 2016 “Hawaii’s Best” Reader’s Choice Awards – Best Tourist Attraction – 1st Place
Star-Advertiser’s 2015 “Honolulu Pulse Awards” – Best Place to Take Visitors – 1st Place
Star-Advertiser’s 2015 “Hawaii’s Best” Reader’s Choice Awards – Tourist Attraction – 1st Place
Hawaii Magazine, 2014 People’s Choice Awards – “Best Family Live Show”
Star-Advertiser “2014 Hawaii’s Best” Reader’s Choice – Tourist Attraction – 1st Place
Hawaii Magazine, 2013 People’s Choice Awards – “Best Family Live Show”
Star-Advertiser “2013 Hawaii’s Best” Reader’s Choice Tourist Attraction – 1st Place
Honolulu Magazine 2012 “Best Of” “Best Family Attraction” – 1st Place
Star-Advertiser “2011 Hawaii’s Best” Reader’s Choice – Hawaii’s Best Tourist Attraction – 1st Place
Honolulu Magazine 2011 “Best of” Reader’s Poll – “Best place to take visitors” – 1st Place
Honolulu Magazine 2010 “Best of” Reader’s Poll – “Best place to take visitors” – 1st Place
Honolulu Star-Bulletin 2009 “Hawaii’s Best” Reader’s Poll – Best Tourist Attraction – 1st Place
Honolulu Star-Bulletin 2009 “Hawaii’s Best” Best Luau – 3rd Place
Honolulu Advertiser 2009 “Best of the Best” Reader’s Poll – Top Tourist Spot – 3rd Place
Honolulu Advertiser 2009 “Best of the Best” Reader’s Poll – Local Attraction – 3rd Place
Kahili Awards (For preserving Hawaiian Culture) Ali’i Luau – “Hawaii’s Most Authentic Luau”
As of March 2014 – Nearly 4 million visitors have seen “HA: Breath of Life”! Wayne Harada, Honolulu-Advertiser (Review of HA: Breath of Life) “An amazing theatrical accomplishment…”
- Our History
Step inside our gates and enter a world of discovery and adventure. As you visit each village you immerse yourself in their distinct and beautiful culture. Meet the people, taste the food, play, sing and dance. See why our guests call this the “best cultural experience on the island”.
In the event of inclement weather, events and indoor shows will continue to operate, including all Village presentations, the Ali’i Luau, Prime Dining, Island Buffet, BBQ Lunch, and the Ha:Breath of Life Evening show. For the safety and comfort of our guests and staff, some outdoor events and presentations may temporarily close until weather improves and safe to resume activities.
Your time in our host village will introduce you to a people rich in tradition, art and a love of the Earth. Hawaiians are master story tellers, eager to share not only the beauty of their islands, but the beauty of their culture as well. Come and be enchanted!
Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Aotearoa (The Land of the Long White Cloud) is the home of the Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, known for their elaborately carved meeting houses, musical harmonies, and dance, including, the awe inspiring Haka. Your visit to Aotearoa will inspire and strengthen your awareness and appreciation for family, past and present.
Fijians may be most famous for their skills in battle, but this is only part of their story. They are also fine singers and makers of clay pottery. A visit to the Fijian Village is a heart pounding good time for the entire family.
Fun-spirited and with a love for life, the Samoans are known throughout Polynesia as the “happy people”. Samoans are famous for both their cooking skills and their breath-taking fire knife dances. Your visit to this village will be filled with laughter and excitement.
Yes, the Tahitians can dance like no other and you will greatly enjoy learning about the different movements, but you will also see that there is so much more to this rich culture. Like love and marriage, fishing and cooking!
The beat of the drum calls you before you even arrive to the village of Tonga. Whether throwing spears, paddling canoes or watching the action packed Tongan presentation, your visit will be filled with laughter and fun.
Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
This island exhibit in the center of our villages features seven hand-carved moai or stone statues created onsite by artisans from Rapa Nui.
Every day from noon to 5:30 pm. The 1850s Hawaiian Mission Settlement is comprised of a small non-denominational chapel, complete with a pulpit and a newly refurbished antique foot-pump organ, an open-sided Polynesian-style school house representing the considerable contributions of early Christian missionaries in western-style educational programs and a rock-walled missionary home with a wide lanai (shaded veranda) circling the building which features many handmade and quilted items for sale. The settlement offers free lessons in Polynesian weaving, ukulele playing and a fascinating history of early Christian missionaries on the Islands.
Every day at 2:30 p.m. The Polynesian Cultural Center holds a one of a kind pageant on the water! Watch as each island puts on a beautiful representation of their dance and music on large, platform canoes as you watch from various viewing areas along the lagoon.
Don’t know where to go first? Jump onto one of our 32 seat canoes and have a personalized tour of our 16 acre facility via our beautiful lagoon. Or catch a ride sometime during the day, while you relax and let someone else do the work, namely one of our strong and knowledgeable canoe pushers.
Iosepa Voyaging Canoe
At the centerpiece of the Iosepa: Voyage of Discovery display is the Iosepa, an all-wood, double-hulled Hawaiian voyaging canoe, originally carved and launched in La‘ie, Hawai‘i. Daily interactive activities are coupled with videos explaining the construction, purpose and history of the Iosepa and the ancient Hawaiian sailing ships it is modeled after.
Hawaiian Journey Movie Experience
With an exterior depicting a dormant volcano, Hawaiian Journey is a 12-minute immersive cinematic experience, projected on one of the largest screens in the state. The journey transports guests into the gorgeous imagery on screen as they experience crashing waves, mystic valleys and powerful eruptions through interactive special effects that engage their senses.
Laie Tram Tour (Includes Old Laie, BYU-H and LDS temple visitor's center)
Take an optional bus tour through Brigham Young University – Hawaii and the town of Laie on your way to the Laie Hawaii Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, all located near the Polynesian Cultural Center. The escorted tours leave the Center every 20 minutes between 3:00 – 6:40 p.m. and lasts 35 minutes. Learn about BYU-Hawaii’s mission to support, educate and enrich students from more than 70 countries. BYU provide the majority of PCC employees and adds to the cultural diversity of the community. As the tour proceeds, the escort will recount the unique history of Laie through its’ history of entertaining visitors since their first commercial hukilau — a traditional fishing festival and luau — almost 60 years ago. You will then have a 20 minute stop at Laie Hawaii Temple Visitors’ Center where you are welcome to stroll the beautiful temple grounds with its magnificent fountains, turn of the century architecture and lush landscaping. The serene and beautiful Visitors Center features a ten-foot marble replica of Thorvaldsen’s famous Christus sculpture as well as special displays and exhibits explaining the basic beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including the blessings of temples within their faith.
*Please note, shuttle seating can be limited. All tram passengers are asked to de-board at the temple grounds so that waiting passengers can re-board for their trip back to the Polynesian Cultural Center.
- Day Experience
Alcohol, Smoking & Drug use
Alcohol is not served or allowed to be consumed anywhere on the premises.
We have provided numerous smoking areas throughout the Polynesian Cultural Center. Anything that produces smoke or vapor is not permitted outside of the designated areas. These designated smoking areas are clearly identified on the park map you will receive upon your arrival.
The use of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited. Violations will result in immediate removal from the premises and notification to the local law enforcement agency.
Dress Code & Language
Oahu can experience many changes in the weather, rainy one moment, tropical heat the next. We recommend you dress comfortably and wear very comfortable shoes. Remember that the sun can be harsh, so you may want to grab a hat or umbrella even on the sunniest of days. And don’t forget water! Don’t worry if you forget any of these items, you can pick them up in at our Hukilau Marketplace.
Because the Polynesian Cultural Center is a family oriented attraction, we ask our guests to dress appropriately. Shoes and shirts are required at all times. Bathing suits are not allowed. Clothing, tattoos and all forms of wear-able art with offensive designs are strictly prohibited.
To ensure an enjoyable experience for all our guests, please refrain from using profanity and engaging in unsafe or disruptive behavior. We reserve the right to remove any person(s) who engages in disorderly, disruptive or otherwise offensive activities. We kindly request that you treat all guests and employees with aloha and respect.
Outside food is not allowed in the Polynesian Cultural Center. However, food and other items that are for medical purposes are permitted with prior notification.
Camera & Video Use
Guests are welcome to take as many personal pictures or video recordings at the Polynesian Cultural Center as they wish, EXCEPT during the Ha’: Breath of Life show.
Photography or video recording of any kind is strictly prohibited during the “”Ha: Breath of Life”” show. However, souvenir booklets and DVDs of the Ha:Breath of Life show are available for purchase throughout the Center.
Most PCC performers are also usually available to have their pictures taken with guests. Other pictures are available for purchase from Photo Polynesia, the exclusive licensed photography concession at the Center.
The Polynesian Cultural Center does not allow any commercial photography or filming on the grounds without prior approval of the Sales & Marketing Department. Photo resources for purposes of promoting the Polynesian Cultural Center are available upon request. For more information, please contact our marketing department at 808-293-3291 or click here to email.
Weapons & Firearms
For the safety of our staff and guests, no weapons or firearms of any kind are permitted on the premises.
The Polynesian Cultural Center has a no tipping policy. The majority of our guides and other employees at the Polynesian Cultural Center are students employed through the I-WORK program. I-WORK is a program that provides financial support for culturally diverse students while attending BYU-H University. Gratuities and tips would be counted as income to the students and would jeopardize their eligibility. Please note that individuals who are not employees of the Polynesian Cultural Center are exempt and can continue to receive tips if you so desire.
Park Rules Disclaimer
Park rules and regulations are subject to change without notice. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Customer-Care at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Customer-Service center upon arrival.
- Alcohol, Smoking & Drug use
The best way to experience all the Polynesian Cultural Center has to offer. Full Day package includes your 12:00 pm admission to enjoy an immersive cultural experience in our island villages, dinner and the evening show.
Please note: There is much to do at the Polynesian Cultural Center, more than one day can hold, so plan carefully, arrive early (we suggest 11:30 so you can get your tickets and be at the gate by 11:45 am) and have fun! You can make the most of your day by reviewing our schedule within the printed material you receive upon arrival to identify which activities, presentations and exhibits you would like to visit most. Want to come back for a second day? Ask our front desk about current specials for returning guests.
- General Admission (12:00 PM entry) – Access to 6 island villages and exhibits
- Dinner – Luau Buffet and Show, Prime Dining or Island Buffet
- Evening Show – Ha: Breath of Life show
A late Entry package includes a 4:00 pm admission to our island villages, dinner and the “Ha: Breath of Life” show.
- General Admission (4:00 PM entry) – See 1 island village
- Dinner – Luau Buffet and Show, Prime Dining or Island Buffet
- Evening Show – Ha: Breath of Life show
For more information on our Late-Entry packages, please contact our reservation Center at 800-367-7060.
Guests with pre-purchased tickets can upgrade their tickets at any time prior to their visit or they can do so upon arrival at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Please note that ticket upgrades are based on space availability.
Guests can cancel their reservations any time prior to 5:00 pm Hawaiian Standard (HST) Time the day before your activity date without penalty. Cancellations or N0-Shows with no notification after 5:00 pm HST the day before your activity date will be charged in full with NO REFUND.
Guests who have purchased their tickets (and ground transportation) through a travel agency or tour operator and have a travel voucher must request cancellation through those sources, which invariably have their own cancellation and refund policies.
Upon arrival please proceed to our Ticketing Center located in the Hukilau Marketplace. For your convenience, please print your email confirmation containing your order number and present it to our ticketing agent along with a valid picture identification.
Check-in times are as follows:
- Packages that include General admission may check in at 11:00 am or anytime afterwards (please note that the gates to the island villages open at 11:45 am.)
- Dinner-show packages (no General Admission included) have a check-in time at the Ticketing Center of 4:30 pm. Seating starts at 4:45 pm for most dining venues. Dinner and luau show begins at 4:00 pm (seating at 3:30 pm) for the Ali’I Luau and 6:00 pm (seating at 5:30 pm) for the Ambassador level Ali’I Luau.
- Please plan on obtaining tickets to the Ha: Breath of Life (Show Only tickets) at the Ticket Center by 6:45 pm. Seating for the Ha:Breath of Life show opens at 7:00 pm while the show starts promptly at 7:30 pm.
- If you are using the Polynesian Cultural Center’s transportation services, your bus escort or driver will assist you in getting your tickets for the day’s activities upon arrival at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Feel free to call our Reservations office at 1-800-367-7060 and we will be happy to confirm your order details for you and answer any questions you may have. Please have your Order number on hand when you call.
Free Within 3
Guest who select any package online can come back and visit our Island Villages for free after their initial visit.
Meet with natives, learn about their daily lives at home and experience fun, interactive activities, games and cultural presentations. Leave with a temporary tattoo and fun memories to last a lifetime.
Check with our Ticket Office or email our staff for more details on this offer.
Transportation / Shuttle Service
The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) offers round-trip transportation in an air-conditioned coach from Waikiki. Enjoy a spectacular scenic ride on the most beautiful beach-side highway on Oahu and also enjoy a tour narrated by a friendly local guide. Guests will be returned to Waikiki at approximately 10:45 pm. Transportation is sold separately.
We offer 2 transportation options: Motor-coach and Mini-coach. Motor coach transportation picks up from designated locations near your Waikiki hotel. See motor coach pickup schedule below for more details.
Our Mini-coach transportation option is a curbside service that picks up guests from the lobby of most Waikiki hotels. Enjoy the scenic ride and a tour narrated by a knowledgeable local guide.
Motor-Coach Transporation Schedule
Ala Moana Hotel
Pickup at Mahukona street at 10:00 AM / 12:00 PM.
Pickup at flag post on Ala Moana Blvd at 10:05 AM / 12:05 PM.
Hilton Hawaiian Village
Pickup at flag post on Ala Moand Blvd. at 10:05 AM / 12:05 PM.
Waikiki Gateway Hotel
Pickup at Olohana Street at 10:10 AM / 12:10 PM.
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
Pickup at Aloha Landing bus depot at 10:15 AM / 12:15 PM.
Waikiki Trade Center
Pickup at Seaside Avenue at 10:20 AM / 12:20 PM.
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Pickup at Koa Avenue at 10:25 AM / 12:25 PM.
Waikiki Beach Marriott Hotel
Pickup at Paoakalani Street at 10:25 AM / 12:30 PM.
The Polynesian Cultural Center provides a “Passport to Polynesia” booklet for our keiki visitors, which includes:
- Spaces to collect stamps from each island village to show they completed the games or activities
- A schedule of the day’s activities geared toward the family experience
- Space to write down the greetings for each island
- A fun illustration and the name of each island’s games or activities to help the keiki remember it when they return home.
Lap Child Policy
The Polynesian Cultural Center welcomes families, especially our keiki (children.) In order to make their visit and yours a wonderful experience, please be aware of the following and plan accordingly:
- Children under the age of 4 are not charged for entrance to any of the ticketed activities (Entry to the Polynesian Cultural Center Villages, attendance at Ha: Breath of Life evening show, BBQ Lunch Buffet and dining at Island Buffet, Prime Dining, or any of the Luaus). All ala carte or snack items throughout the park, including meals at the Banyan Tree, Hoku Pa’a Snack Bars and various island food kiosks must be purchased.
- Motor coach and mini coach transportation to and from the Polynesian Cultural Center requires children under 4 who do not have a paid ticket to sit in an adult’s lap.
- Because many of our dining facilities can be sold out, we cannot guarantee extra seating for children under 4 who do not have a paid ticket. Please plan on holding your child on your lap or utilizing one of our highchairs (limited availability).
- Children under 4 who do not have a paid ticket will need to sit on an adult’s lap while attending our Ha: Breath of Life evening show
- Full-day Package
Foreign Language Tour Guides
The Polynesian Cultural Center offers a limited number of foreign language tours in Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Russian, German, Spanish Italian, French and Portuguese for guests who have purchased the Super Ambassador and Ambassador level packages. Guests can also buy language tour at an additional $25.00 per person.
A limited number of lockers are available near the entrance to the Pacific Theater on a first-come basis. The lockers are self-pay, quarters only for $.75 cents/use.
Lost & Found
The Lost & Found Department is located at the Customer Service Center in the Hukilau Marketplace at the entrance to the Polynesian Cultural Center.
- Comments & Questions
- Foreign Language Tour Guides
The Polynesian Cultural Center provides a full menu, including a chart noting gluten, nut-free, dairy-free and vegetarian selections from each of the three (3) dining venues within the Polynesian Cultural Center. Click here to view menus.
Also available for lunch and dinner is the Pounders restaurant located in the Hukilau Marketplace. Click here for more information.
The Polynesian Cultural Center has a basic first aid station. For assistance, our employees can contact first aid and have them meet you at your location in the Center, or you can call 808-293-3111. We have a rest station next to the first aid office equipped with beds, chairs, and air conditioning for guests who become ill or require privacy. Contact the Customer Service kiosk upon arrival for assistance with medication that requires refrigeration during your visit.
For urgent medical attention, guests may drive or can be transported to the emergency room of Kahuku Medical Center which is located four (4) miles north of the Polynesian Cultural Center.
The Polynesian Cultural Center strives to provide equal access to all who visit regardless of physical or mental ability. If your question is not answered in this section, please feel free to contact Customer Care at 800-367-7060 or via email at email@example.com so that we can address your individual needs.
Wheelchair & Scooter Rentals
The Polynesian Cultural Center provides guests a limited number of wheelchairs and scooters available at our Customer Service desk near the front entrance.
The Polynesian Cultural Center also provides guests a limited number of wheelchairs on a first-come first-served basis. There is a $20.00 deposit fee, $10.00 of which will be refunded when the wheelchair is returned. To reserve a wheelchair, please contact Customer-Care Center at 800-367-7060 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scooters are rented through our partner Scooterville at a rate of $40.00 plus tax/day. Please click here to visit Scooterville and to reserve your scooter today.
Personal Wheelchairs & Scooters
Guests who wish to bring their personal scooter or wheelchair who will be utilizing PCC sponsored transportation and are unable to stand, walk and seat themselves into a standard bus seat must notify the Polynesian Cultural Center within 48 hours in advance of their visit. Proper arrangements can then be made for a lift equipped vehicle which will accommodate the guest’s wheel chair or scooter. Note: Scooter/Wheelchair transportation is only available on full sized bus transports.
All major areas of the Polynesian Cultural Center — including the villages, dining venues, Hukilau Marketplace, and the Laie Temple Visitors Center tours — are accessible to those in wheelchairs. Wheelchair users planning on watching the scheduled village presentations may want to arrive several minutes early to ensure available seating.
Guests riding the canoe tours will be asked to transfer to their seat while the wheelchair is folded and placed in the back of the canoe. Electric scooters will be delivered to the opposite canoe landing while the user rides the canoe. Please note that the Polynesian Cultural Center does not provide wheelchair pushing services.
Wheelchair Accessibility at Dining Venues
All levels of seating in the dinner venues are wheelchair accessible, but as a courtesy to the wheelchair user, we will typically ask seating preference. Guests using wheelchairs will be invited to transfer to the seats provided, if they choose to do so, or may request to sit in any of our seating locations closer to the buffet lines.
Wheelchair Accessibility at Ha: Breath of Life
Guests using wheelchairs while attending our Ha: Breath of Life evening show will either be invited to transfer to their reserved seat if they choose or are capable of doing so, or will be allowed to sit in our wheelchair row which is between the lower and upper sections of the theater. This easy to access location has enough room for the wheelchair user and one other person in their party. The remaining guests in the party will be able to sit in their regularly assigned seats for the duration of the show. Please note that there are steps to all seats in the theater except for the wheelchair row.
Accessible parking is available near the main entrance to the Center. Guests parking in handicapped-designated parking spaces must have a government issued permit. Handicapped parking stalls are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
We also offer a complementary shuttle throughout the day to transport guests between the parking lot and the main entrance. Guests who have difficulty walking may also be dropped-off and picked-up at the curb in front of the Hukilau Marketplace.
Deaf & Hard of Hearing
American Sign Language Interpreters
The Polynesian Cultural Center provides ASL interpreters upon request. Please contact our Guest Services & Reservations department via email or by calling 1-844-572-2347 at least one week in advance. Requests made less than one week prior to the visit will be accommodated to the best of our ability but are subject to interpreter availability.
Hawaiian Journey Theatre
The Center offers a 14-minute film titled Hawaiian Journey. Guests will experience astounding images and special effects during this 4-D presentation. Infrared assistive listening headsets and reflective captioning devices are available from the ushers upon request.
Ha: Breath of Life
The Night Show is not interpreted due to the nature of the program. This is for the safety of the interpreter as well as the safety of the dancers. However, the show is highly visual and expressive with little spoken English during the performance. Guests who would still like a written transcript can visit customer service for assistance. Show scripts must be returned by the end of the performance.
Blind and Low Vision
Due to the nature and layout of the Center, we recommend that guests who are blind or have low vision visit with a companion.
When booking your reservations, our staff can also assist you with seating accommodations for the dinners or shows. You may inform us of your visual access needs and we will accommodate you to the best of our ability. You can also contact Customer-Care Center at 800-367-7060 or via email at email@example.com.
Intellectual or Cognitive Disabilities
How to Prepare
- Purchase your tickets in advance. Buying your tickets online or over the phone may reduce wait time when you first arrive to the Polynesian Cultural Center. You may contact our Reservations department via email or by calling 800-367-7060.
- View the map and create a schedule. Click here to see the current map of the Center with show times listed for the village presentations. Lay out a plan for your day so that all party members are familiar with the schedule and know what to expect.
- Bring a favorite activity or toy. Any item that helps to calm the guest with the cognitive disability or relieve stress can be used to ease sensory overload experienced during the daytime activities. These items can also be used to occupy time during periods of waiting.
During your Visit
- Take breaks as necessary. The loud noises, strange smells, large crowds, and heat may be over-stimulating to some. There are various areas throughout the Center to sit down and take breaks. Be sure to stay hydrated and rest in the shade as needed.
- Be prepared for the weather. The weather in Laie can vary from sunny, to humid, to rainy in a short time span. Bring what you feel you will need to be comfortable throughout the day. Items may include: sunscreen, hats, rain ponchos, umbrellas, light jackets, and handheld fans. These items can also be purchased within the Center. Please note that the majority of the Center is outdoors.
- Choose a meeting location. Pick a place on the map to meet in case your party becomes separated. Be sure the guest with the cognitive disability is aware of the location and show it to them as soon as you arrive in the Center. Have them find an employee to assist them right away. You may also wish to bring an identification bracelet, photograph, or something else to help our employees locate your party member if they go missing.
Service animals are welcome at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Service animals must be under the control of the handler by use of a harness, a leash, or by some other means at all times unless these devices interfere with the animal’s work. The guest is responsible for cleaning any waste and controlling their service animal’s behavior. Service animals may not be left unattended or with a Polynesian Cultural Center employee.
We appreciate notification so that we may inform our staff to prepare any needed accommodations. Please contact Customer Care at 800-367-7060 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Food Allergies
Ukuleles, art and decor, jewelry, clothing, music, souvenirs, and snacks as well as selected home décor, accessories, batteries and camera supplies are available. Mahinalani is found near the Welcome Center and Gateway Restaurant.
Housed in a replica of a turn-of-the-century Mission Home, this store offers ukuleles (complete with on-site lessons) and handicrafts, including Hawaiian doll clothes, crocheted leis, table linens, aprons, quilt squares, bed covers and pillow cases, many of which were handmade by our volunteer staff. We even have quilting supplies. The Mission Home is found just past Hale Ohana and across the lagoon from our Samoan Village.
Polynesian Cultural Center Kiosks
You will find delightful kiosks throughout the Polynesian Cultural Center in which to find handmade Polynesian items, souvenirs, and even sundries.
The Polynesian Hall of Fame Store
Find your inner warrior at this fantastic store right next to the Polynesian Hall of Fame which offers team sports shirts, team themed kukui nut leis and fun sport paraphernalia honoring our mighty Polynesian members of the NFL and NCAA.
Ulu is unlike any store you’ve likely seen before. Built into our “Hawaiian Journeys Theatre” complex, which resembles a Hawaiian volcano, Ulu offers fine arts, ceramics, clothing, wood, music and DVDs, and more.
Shop! Polynesia Website
Still thinking about that special piece you found during your visit and didn’t have time to purchase? You still can! Just visit our online store at www.shop.polynesia.com where you will find many items available for purchase.
Shops at the Hukilau Marketplace
Visit our Hukilau Marketplace website for more information.
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honors Polynesia’s greatest players, coaches and contributors. The permanent exhibit stands next to the center’s new Hukilau Marketplace; admission is free. Reflecting Polynesian architectural design, the Hall of Fame gallery features lava stones, koa and ohia wood, and accents of traditional fabrics and includes photos, memorabilia and an interactive display.
Hours of Operation
The Polynesian Football Half of Fame is Open Monday to Saturday at 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Store – This kiosk, designed for the football enthusiast, sits right next to our newly opened Polynesian Hall of Fame Museum, and contains football themed keepsakes and clothing, including kukui nut necklaces specific to the various professional football teams.
Charitable Mission of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame
- Preserve, promote and serve as a resource for Polynesian Football history.
- College scholarships designated for student-athletes of Polynesian ancestry will be awarded to the alma mater of each Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Inductee.
- Educational programs focusing on character and teamwork for youth within the Polynesian community.
- Support may also be provided for other initiatives positively benefiting Polynesian culture and heritage.
Polynesian Football History
The first Polynesian to play in the NFL was Offensive Lineman Al Lolotai, a Samoan, who was a member of the 1945 Washington Redskins. The first Polynesian to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame was “”Squirmin”” Herman Wedemeyer, a Hawaiian, in 1979. The first Polynesian to win the Heisman Trophy, was quarterback Marcus Mariota, a Samoan, in 2015. And, Inaugural Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Inductee Junior Seau, is the first Polynesian to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Legends such as Kevin Mawae, Kurt Gouveia, Jesse Sapolu, Jack “”The Throwin’ Samoan”” Thompson, Troy Polomalu and Olin Kreutz have contributed to Polynesian Football lore.
The Polynesian influence and prestige in American football is at an all-time high, and rapidly expanding. Today, there are over 60 NFL players of Polynesian ancestry. Polynesian football players have become part of the American football lexicon.
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame will continue to share this storied history and recognize its greatest participants.
Adventure & Sports
- Kahuku Municipal Golf Course – 9 holes with a million dollar view. See Trip Advisor to read all of the 5 star reviews. 3 ½ miles north of the PCC. Open 6a – 530p daily
- Turtle Bay Resort Golf Courses – Featuring courses designed by Arnold Palmer and George Fazio. Just 5 miles north, Turtle Bay is situated on one of the most beautiful points of the North Shore. 7 miles north of PCC on Kamehameha Hwy 645a – sunset, daily
There are many awesome hikes along the North Shore to enjoy. Check the weather and stick to the trail, our mountains look deceptively tame. If you use your head, and a bit of sunscreen and mosquito repellant, you’ll be able to experience a great adventure while taking in some of the most beautiful ocean and mountain views in the world. Some local suggestions (look on Google maps for directions):
- Hauula Trail
- Laie Falls(permit required)
- Ehu Kai Pill Box
- At Gunstock Ranch, the horse trails wind up through the hills, allowing you to experience the outstanding country side of Oahu. 2 miles north of PCC, across from Malaekahana State Park. Open 8a – 5p, Mon – Sat
Keana Farms Zipline
- This 3-hour tour will take you over working farms and lush vegetation as you zip from tropical mountains towards the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean below. It’s an adventure like no other. Three miles north of PCC and on the left, just before Kahuku High School. Open 8a – 5p, Mon – Sat
< Water Sports – Find it all at North Shore Explorers
Looking for some adventure? Surfing, paddle boards, kayaking, and snorkeling are all just moments away with a quality rental from North Shore Explorers. Located at the Hukilau Marketplace at the entrance to the PCC. Open 8a – 10p, Mon thru Sat, closed Sun
Dining on Northshore
Hukilau Marketplace at the Polynesian Cultural Center
Offers everything from sit-down dining at Pounders Restaurant to casual fare at our many food trucks and kiosks. You’ll find Polynesian barbeque, New Zealand style fish and chips, crepes, roasted chicken, burgers, fresh fruit smoothies and more! There’s something delicious for everyone in your family! Open M-Sat from 11a – 930p.
Hau’ula Shopping Center
2 ½ miles south of the PCC. Times vary.
North Shore Taco
It’s said that they have the #1 fish taco on the North Shore. Judging by the crowds, they just might be right! Open daily 11a – 9p.
Pick up or delivery, and easy to find at the Hau’ula Shopping Center.
Delicious local food – try the garlic chicken and kalbi ribs!
Eat what the locals eat at this popular local café serving breakfast and lunch only. Get there early – it’s packed! Just 1 mile north of PCC on a little side street off Kamehameha Hwy. (look for the signs). Open T-Fri 630a – 2p, Sat 7-1130a, Sun-Mon closed.
A unique cafe across from the Kahuku shrimp farms that uses their own produce to make delicious lunch dishes, smoothies, liliko’i jelly, flavored syrups and more. Healthy never tasted so good! Open every day but Tues, 11a – 4p.
Kahuku Open Market
in the middle of Kahuku. 3 ½ miles north of the PCC. Times vary.
Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck
This is the one EVERYONE comes to. Classic seafood, casual Hawaii.
Nelly’s Mexican Food
Their mini tacos are DE-licious!
Ono Yo Yogurt
Fresh and tart with lots of toppings to choose from. Two flavors offered daily and more! Look for fresh barbeque, barbequed corn, burgers and more!
Kahuku Shrimp Trucks
Just north of Kahuku you can find a string of shrimp stands – and there is so many styles to choose from garlic, tempura, sweet n’ sour, and more! No matter which truck you pick, you’re sure to see why people from all over the world come here. 3 ½ miles north of PCC. Times vary.
Kahuku Sugar Mill
3 miles north of the PCC.
Tucked in the back area of a tiny store just around the corner (on the left) from the gas station in Kahuku is where you can snag some authentic curry, roti and more delights direct from Fiji. Great prices and lots of food. The store also have an assortment of treats from around the Pacific. Open M-Sat 11a – 9p. Closed Sunday.
Wili Wili’s Shave Ice
Go to the side window of Vulu’s, over by Seven Brothers and design a special treat to beat the heat! Lots of flavors and variations to make your shave ice a one of a kind treat! In true Hawaiian style, they’re open when they’re open.
Just north of the world famous Hukilau Beach is a place the locals consider the best fish plate on the island. Open Friday and Saturdays only – unless they aren’t. Okay, it’s quirky, but when you’re the best, you get to call the shots. Just a little over 1 mile north of the PCC, on the left.
South just a couple of miles in Hau’ula you will find a wide variety of yummy Korean food. Limited seating. Open M – Sat 10a – 8p. Closed Sunday.
Laie Shopping Center – Open M-Sat; Closed Sunday. ½ mile north of the PCC. Times vary.
- Angel’s Ice Cream (smoothies, ice cream, shave ice) – great selection, including the Pineapple Whip!
- L&L Hawaiian Barbecue (plate lunch/dinner) – come try our local Hawaiian dishes
- Laie Chop Suey (Chinese)
- Pizza Hut
- Seven Brothers (fresh burgers) – Come to this comfy sit down restaurant in Laie where everything is made fresh daily. Servings are generous and delicious. Actually owned by a family of seven surfing brothers, so you know it’s ‘cool’. Open M-Thurs, Sat 11a-11p, Fridays 11a – 12a (closed every day from 4p-5p) Closed Sunday
- Subway Sandwiches – all your favorites
- Taco Bell
Everything you love plus some local favorites. Don’t forget to try the taro pie! Next to the northeast corner of the Polynesian Cultural Center. Open daily from 430a – 12a.
Roadside fruit and food stands
Ready to eat fresh fruit….this is what makes Hawaii, Hawaii. You’ll find them dotted along the Highway from Kaneohe to Haliewa. Lots of great choices. One of our personal favorite areas is just ½ mile south of The Polynesian Cultural Center, where you will find some refreshing otai, a delicious Polynesian fruit slush combination that is incredibly refreshing. Times vary.
– Kahuku – This second site of our popular local burger joint is just to the left of gas station in Kahuku. Everything is made fresh daily. Servings are generous and delicious. Open M-Thurs, Sat 11a-11p, Fridays 11a – 12a (closed every day from 4p-5p) Closed Sunday.
Sharks Cove area food trucks
You name it, they have it! 12 miles north of PCC on Kamehameha Highway. Times vary.
The Bistro at the Courtyard Oahu North Shore
Walk-up counter open for breakfast, lunch and dinner plus specialty beverages made with Starbucks® coffee. Adjacent to the Polynesian Cultural Center TIME.
Ted’s Bakery (near Sunset Beach)
THE place for an amazing piece of chocolate haupia or lilikoi pie and other awesome baked items, plus some great main dishes too. The line forms at the counter and wraps around the outdoor eating area – but it is so worth it! 10 miles north of the PCC. Open Daily, 7a – 8p.
Turtle Bay Resort
Lots of great choices from elegant to a quiet dinner on the beach. 3 ½ miles north of the PCC. Times vary.
Got a hankering for something specific, something special, something delicious? You’re going to find it in Haleiwa. Go north from the PCC 18 miles. It’s the last town before you head inland. Just look for the custom wood signage as you enter town. Times vary
Hotels and Car Rental
Courtyard North Shore Mariott
A modern hotel with a truly Hawaiian country feel. You’ll feel relaxed and at home with the friendly staff, comfortable rooms, and beautiful outdoor pool….and just across the street is their beautiful park-like access to the beach! Adjacent to the PCC. Learn more about the Courtyard North Shore Marriott Hotel.
Turtle Bay Resort
An upscale resort providing an island experience just 6 miles north of the PCC. Pools, two golf courses, tennis courts, spa, restaurants and more will make it hard for you to believe you will ever need to leave. 7 miles north of the PCC.
Check out VRBO or Airbnb to find a custom space just right for your family, but start early! These listings go fast.
Foodland Gas station
1/2 mile north of the PCC. Open 7 days a week. Open 24 hours a day.
Vulu Gas Station and the Kahuku Sugar Mill
3 miles north of the PCC. Open Monday – Saturday from 9a – 5p, Sunday 10a – 4p.
Laie Shopping Center. ½ mile north of the PCC. Open Mon-Sat 5a – 12a, closed Sunday.
Hauula Shopping Center. 2 miles south of the PCC. Open 7 days a week, 8a – 9p.
Who knew you could find poke heaven inside an obscure little corner market? Another local secret we’re happy to share with you! 3 miles north of the PCC. Open M-F 630a – 10p, Sat-Sun 7a-10p.
- Find some sand anywhere along Kamehameha Highway and enjoy! We recommend Hukilau Beach, Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay to get you started. Note, gates are locked at all public beaches at 8pm, if you’re driving, don’t get stuck inside!
- Surfing beaches – Beginners and moderately skilled – Malaekahana Beach Park (Castles or Goat Island breaks), Turtle Bay, Chun’s Reef, Laniakea, Ali’i Beach. Skilled surfers – Sunset Beach, Pipeline, Rocky Point, Waimea Bay. And for experienced body or boogie boarders, head over to Pounders (at Laie Park)
We know you want to look and feel your best while visiting Hawaii. Here are a few suggestions for a cool and comfortable trip.
First, think about what activities you want to do when you get here. Next, figure out what items you’ll need while doing them. Now, take a moment and reassess. Ask yourself, do I REALLY need it, will I REALLY use it, and do I REALLY want to pack it with me through the airport? There’s a lot to be said for ‘packing light’, and remember, Honolulu is a modern metropolis with many stores and rental shops. You can avoid the extra luggage fees and fill in the blanks once you get here. Plus you need to leave room in your bags to bring back all your cool Hawaii mementos, right?
Hawaii is rated as the most perfect weather in the 50 United States, averaging between 75 – 82 degrees year round. Here are the general rules of what to pack:
- Shorts are pretty much accepted everywhere.
- Shirts and cover-ups are important once you’re off the beach.
- After a day in the sun, the cool trades at night can feel cooler than the actual temperature, so be sure to bring a light sweater or jacket.
- Bring a pair of slacks/comfortable dress for a nicer night out.
- Sandals are accepted everywhere as appropriate footwear.
- Remember, we are a tropical island. It takes a lot of rain to keep this level of green, so bring your umbrella, or a rain poncho, or better yet, live like the locals and dance in the rain. It’s Hawaii, after all. It will be sunny again soon!
From there, you should plan around your activities:
Visiting lots of different attractions?
- Comfortable shoes
- Loose, cool clothing
- Sunscreen and After Sun
- Your favorite water bottle
- Comfortable cover ups – for when you leave the beach briefly to restock
- At least 2 swimsuits so one can be drying while you wear the other one
- Cute (or manly) flip flops
- Sunscreen and After Sun
- Your favorite water bottle
- A collapsible cooler for snacks and drinks so you can stay at the beach longer
- Good hiking shoes (don’t forget your socks)
- Comfortable hiking gear
- Hat with a brim
- Sunscreen and After Sun
- Backpack for your water and food
- Your favorite water bottle
- Bug spray/repellent
- Don’t worry about equipment. You can rent most anything you need once you get on-island
Fun shopping with an amazing 60s surfer vibe. Head north on Kamehameha Hwy and drive 18 miles to the far side of the North Shore. Times vary
Comfort needs – sunscreen, hats water to resort wear and beautiful island gifts. Multiple stores. At the Polynesian Cultural Center. Open M-Sat from 11a – 930p
Kahuku Open Air Market
Come visit this informal yet robust outdoor market where you will find locally written and published books, hand-carved gifts and more. 3 miles north of the PCC. Open daily 1030a – 630p
Longs (CVS) at the Hau’ula Shopping Center
2 miles south of the PCC. Open daily from 7a – 10p
- Adventure & Sports