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Polynesian Cultural Center

  • 55-370 Kamehameha Hwy. Map It
  • Laie

Published 09/02/2015

Fodor's Review

Re-created individual villages showcase the lifestyles and traditions of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, the Marquesas Islands, New Zealand, and Tonga. Focusing on individual islands within its 42-acre center, 35 miles from Waikiki, the Polynesian Cultural Center was founded in 1963 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It houses restaurants, hosts luaus, and demonstrates cultural traditions such as tribal tattooing, fire dancing, and ancient customs and ceremonies. The expansive open-air shopping village carries Polynesian handicrafts. If you're staying in Honolulu, see the center as part of a van tour so you won't have to drive home late at night after the two-hour evening show. There are multiple packages available, from basic admission to an all-inclusive deal. Every May, the PCC hosts the World Fireknife Dance Competition, an event that draws the top fire-knife dance performers from around the world. Get tickets for that event in advance.

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55-370 Kamehameha Hwy., Laie, Hawaii, 96762, United States

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Sight Details:

  • From $40; $8 parking fee
  • Mon.–Sat. noon–9:15 (Village noon–6)

Published 09/02/2015


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