Polynesian Cultural Center

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Polynesian Cultural Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center is located in the North Shore town of Laie, which is about an hour drive, 38 miles (60 kilometers) away from Waikiki, the Polynesian Cultural Center is one of Oahu’s main attractions, drawing nearly one million visitors every year.

The purpose of the Polynesian Cultural Center is to show tourists the different cultures in Polynesia. IF you are interested in finding out more and visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center follow the Link – Visit Polynesian Cultural Center

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The Polynesian Cultural Center is a 42-acre theme park, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that first opened in 1963, mainly for students at the adjacent Brigham Young University Hawaii, to raise money for their education.

Polynesia is a subregion of Oceania with more than 1,000 islands scattered all over the Pacific Ocean.

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The Polynesian Cultural Center has six different islands and villages to explore:

– Hawaii

In the Hawaiian Village, you can have hula lessons, taste freshly prepared poi and discover the art of tapa weaving.

– Fiji

Fijian warriors greet you while women entertain you with a traditional dance. In the Fijian Village, you can learn how to make coconut oil, get a temporary tattoo and see a six story-high temple.

– Aotearoa (New Zealand)

In this village, you will experience the power of love within a family. You can watch the Haka, a Maori war dance and see how skilled artisans carve some weapons.

– Samoa

The people of Samoa know how to have fun and if you like to laugh a lot, this is the place to be. You will also learn how to crack open a coconut using a small rock and watch young men climbing up a 50-foot coconut trees. Here, you can also learn how to twirl a fire knife, weave a fish and cook bananas.

– Tahiti 

Don’t miss the special wedding ceremony at the Tahitian village, where you can also eat coconut bread. In this village, you can try to catch a fish from a little pier as well as throwing a spear at a coconut. After that, you can visit the marae, a holy Tahitian temple

– Tonga

At the Tongan village, you can paddle a canoe like the islanders used to do centuries ago, play the Tongan shuffleboard game, called lafo and test your skills throwing spears.

The Polynesian Cultural Center is open Monday through Saturday from 11:45am to 9pm and closed on Sundays, Christmas and Thanksgiving Day. 

However, you can visit the island villages only from noon until 5:30pm because that’s when the award-winning Ali’i Luau dinner starts, followed by an amazing evening show, “Ha: Breath of Life,” which runs from 7:30 to 9pm. 

Over 100 Polynesian dancers with blazing fire knives along with traditional music tell you the Pacific island saga of Mana and his beloved Lani – a story about birth, death, love, family, tragedy and triumph. This 90-minute, world-famous, award-winning show is definitely an unforgettable experience.

The show and entrance fees to the villages are $67 and for kids $54, including the Luau dinner the fees are $119 and for kids $95. Make your reservation for the Polynesian Cultural Center today!

Please also note, that there is no alcohol served or allowed on the premises at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

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