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Polynesian Cultural Center Luau

Enjoy a spectacular stage production and the thrills of one of Hawaii’s top attractions, the Polynesian Cultural Center. Three-day park pass included!

Kids love the crafting activities offered at just about every luau
Canoe Passengers ride to a new island village at the Polynesian Cultural Center
Luau performer climbing a coconut tree at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Hawaii's North Shore.
Children learn to weave a basket at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Dining Hall Luau and Buffet at the Polynesian Cultural center


    • Includes a three-day pass to the cultural center
    • Luau themed dinner at the Gateway Buffet
    • The award-winning show “Ha: Breath of Life”
    • Tour the "Islands of Polynesia" villages
    • Exhibits, games, and activities for all ages
    • Transportation from Waikiki available

Amenities & Add-ons

Cultural Activities/Games

Professional photos

Waikiki Transportation


Fire Knife Dance


Live Music

Food & Drink




The North Shore’s Main Attraction

The Polynesian Cultural Center is unlike any other place in Hawaii. Is it a theme park? Is it a museum? The PCC is a bit of both. It offers a unique educational and cultural experience that is immersive, fun, and suitable for all ages.

Over one million people visit the Polynesian Cultural Center each year, making it Hawaii’s most popular paid attraction. The PCC is owned and operated by the Church of Latter-Day Saints. It was founded in 1963 as a means for students attending the adjacent university to earn money for their education and to preserve and promote Polynesian culture.

Today the PPC has many noteworthy attractions on its 42-acre property. There’s food, exhibits, games, crafts, activities, music, and entertainment everywhere. There’s so much to see and do that it is difficult to experience it all in just one day. Thankfully, you don’t have to!

The Gateway Package includes a three-day pass to the center. You can see as much or as little of it as you like, and set your own pace. The extended pass also gives you the freedom to combine a visit to the PCC with any other excursions or sightseeing that you may want to do on Hawaii’s famous North Shore. And if you are staying nearby the extended pass offers even more options to customize your visit.

Explore the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Island Villages

PCC’s main attraction is the “Islands of Polynesia” portion of the park. Here guests can immerse themselves in the distinct cultures of six different Polynesian island villages. Each village represents a different island nation: Hawaii, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, and Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Every island village has its own collection of exhibits, cultural activities, and presentations for guests to explore and experience. There is also an exhibit dedicated to the Polynesian island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

In addition to the Polynesian villages, there is also a Mission Settlement exhibit. This exhibit depicts the life of the early 1850s missionaries who settled in the islands. Free lessons in Polynesian weaving and ukulele playing are available in this section of the park.

Other Activities at the Polynesian Cultural Center

Hands-on activities, games, and crafts are available throughout the park. You can learn how to cook in an imu oven, get a temporary Polynesian tattoo, or hone your spear-throwing skills. There are activities for all ages and interests at PCC.

Canoe tours across the man-made lagoon that separates the island villages are also available. Guests can take a personalized tour or just to catch a ride from one end of the park to the other. Then be sure to check out some impressive canoe craftsmanship at the Iosepa exhibit – a double-hulled, hand-carved canoe modeled after the ancient Hawaiian sailing canoes.

Guests can also watch the 12-minute 4D immersive movie “Hawaiian Journey.” Enjoy some truly stunning cinematography of Hawaii’s natural landscapes on a jumbo screen with interactive special effects that will fully engage your senses.

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame is also located at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The Hall of Fame honors the NFL’s greatest Polynesian players, coaches, and contributors to the sport. It’s the park’s newest attraction and a must-see for any football fan.

There is also a daily tour of the LDS Temple Visitors Center, the nearby campus of Brigham Young University Hawaii, and Laie.

The Hukilau Marketplace is home to many independent shops and snack kiosks. There are also several shops, galleries, and restaurants scattered throughout the park. There are plenty of places to have lunch and buy souvenirs, and snacks throughout the day.

One free digital portrait is included with your ticket. So don’t forget to stop and have your photo taken with the photographer as you enter the Islands of Polynesia. You will also have the opportunity to purchase other souvenir photo packages.

Hawaiian Luau Feast

Seating at the Gateway Buffet begins at 4:30 pm and continues until 6:30 pm. Guests may arrive at any time during that two-hour window. Guests are treated to live Hawaiian music and a stunning 360-degree mural as they dine in this expansive open-air dining hall.

The buffet itself is quite large and offers a greater selection of foods than you would normally find at a typical luau buffet. Gateway’s buffet offers traditional Hawaiian foods like roasted Kalua pork and poi, and many Asian and American dishes prepared with a Polynesian twist. There’s even a full salad bar and a poke bar, plus some kid-friendly options like macaroni and cheese and chicken strips.

Note: The Polynesian Cultural Center does not serve alcohol and does not allow it to be consumed on its premises.

Most of the park’s attractions close at 5:30 pm, so after dinner is the perfect time to do a little souvenir shopping. Seating for the evening show begins at 7:00 pm.

Evening Performance: “HA: Breath of Life” Show

End the day with a dramatic love story set to live Hawaiian music that features Polynesian dancing and an impressive fire-knife dancing performance. “HA: Breath of Life” is the Polynesian Cultural Center’s award-winning stage production.

The show features over 100 performers and incorporates special effects, animation, and high-tech surround sound and lighting. The Gateway Package includes silver-level seating with a sweeping view of the stage below. The show runs from 7:30 pm to about 8:45 pm.

Seating Packages

Gateway Luau PackageIncludes a three-day pass to the park and all attractions, a luau-themed dinner at the Gateway Buffet, and silver-level seating at the “Ha: Breath of Life” evening show.Book Now

Getting There

The easiest and most convenient way to get to the Polynesian Cultural Center is to use their round-trip transportation, which you can add to your reservation during checkout. Enjoy the view and learn more about Hawaiian history and culture as you ride in a comfy, air-conditioned motorcoach and leave the Waikiki traffic to someone else!

We do not recommend using taxis and rideshares to get to this attraction. A ride from Waikiki to the North Shore can be quite pricey and you may have a difficult time finding a ride back to Waikiki after 9 pm.

If driving from Honolulu or Waikiki, allow at least an hour for travel time and longer if traveling during late afternoon or early evening when commuter traffic is often heavy.

Parking at the Polynesian Cultural Center

PCC has plenty of free parking and has charging stations available for electric vehicles.

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Special Considerations

  • Alcohol is not served at the Polynesian Cultural Center and not allowed on the premises.
  • The dress code is casual. Shirts and shoes are required. Bathing suits and clothing or tattoos with offensive designs are prohibited.
  • Dress for the elements, bring proper sun and rain protection and wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • The park does not allow any food or snacks to be brought into the park unless it is medically required. The park allows guests to bring bottled water with them and there are refilling stations located throughout the park.
  • Profanity and behavior that is deemed unsafe, disorderly, or disruptive is prohibited and may result in being removed from the park.
  • Video recording or photography during the “Ha: Breath of Life” show is strictly prohibited but allowed elsewhere in the park. The performers are usually happy to have their pictures taken with guests when asked.
  • The park is fully ADA-compliant. All major areas of the park are accessible to wheelchair users, including all levels of the dining venues, the Villages, and the Marketplace. The auditorium where the evening show is held has a wheelchair row where one additional person from their party can join – all other seating in the auditorium requires steps.
  • Electric scooters, wheelchairs, and strollers can be rented at the park.
  • The park has a complimentary shuttle to transport guests between the parking lot and the main entrance.
  • There is also a drop-off/pick-up zone in front of the Hukilau Marketplace for any guests who have difficulty walking.


Please Note:

Menu items may be subject to change without prior notice.

The Polynesian Cultural Center reserves the right to cancel or modify the show for weather or safety-related issues.

Privacy Policy:

We will not sell, share, or in any way release your personal information to any unrelated third parties.

Refund Policy:

Customers will receive credit or a full refund with a 48 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will receive credit or a full refund for cancellations made by the Polynesian Cultural Center due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

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