Explore and learn about the different Polynesian Cultures at Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural Center. This is a great place to spend the day if you’re traveling to the Island. From great entertainment, fantastic food options and tons of information about the various island cultures – the Polynesian Cultural Center is definitely worth a visit!
One of the more unique aspects of the Polynesian Cultural Center is that the cultures are divided into separate sections of the park. That way when you go to that “island” you feel like you are being immersed in the culture. Everything from the architecture of the buildings to the staff is representative of that culture.
There are 6 different Polynesian Cultures represented at the park and each one offers its own show demonstrating some of the unique aspects of their history and culture. Each culture is so unique and the shows really showcase that! Plus they were incredibly entertaining and very fun to watch for the entire family. Peanut even got her own Samoan toy at one of them made out of plants!
Luau: If you’re coming to the island and want to experience a traditional luau, then I would highly recommend getting the luau package with your ticket. The park is only open from 12-6 each day. So grab the luau reservation for 6:00 PM. Then when you’re done in the park you can just walk over and grab dinner. The food was great and the entertainment was awesome! (They also do a luau reservation at 4:30. If you don’t book your tickets in advance, you’ll likely end up having to do the 4:30 time – which means you won’t have nearly as much time to go through the park since most of the park is closed by the time you get out.
Shopping: At the front of the Polynesian Cultural Center, you will find a cute little shopping area with tons of food trucks and small shops. There are tons of unique items for sale here including hand-carved statues and the most amazing soda truck I’ve ever had!
River Show: I would highly recommend getting to the park right when it opens. There is a River Show that was easily my families favorite thing we did there, but it’s in the early afternoon, not long after it opens. You’ll want to get there in time to get a good spot to watch the show!
Ha: Breath of Life Show: This is the show at the end of the night in the theater at the Center. It was incredible. The show was a very unique take on celebrating Island culture and was entertaining enough that my 2-year-old made it through the whole show without losing it – despite it being well past her bedtime.
Circle Island Tour: If you do happen to end up going to the 4:30 show or you really want to go – there’s a tour that you can take from inside the park that takes you over to Oahu’s LDS Temple. The Polynesian Cultural Center is actually owned by the LDS Church, but this is the only part of the Center where that is apparent. Even if you aren’t LDS, the Temple Grounds are incredible and definitely worth seeing if you have some time to spare.
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