Polynesian Cultural Center


About Polynesian Cultural Center


Discover the nations of Polynesia all in one place at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Somewhere between the North Shore Beaches and Kualoa Ranch are living Pacific Islander villages that include Fiji, Tonga, Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Aotearoa, the Marques and more. Feast your eyes on the fascinating Hawaiian luau and imu, an underground oven which Hawaiians use to cook pig. The Polynesian Cultural Center never fails to delight its guests with exciting entertainment, delicious dining options, photo opportunities, and performance arts. There is no comparison to this place anywhere else on Oahu! Photo Courtesy: Polynesian Cultural Center


The center opened in 1963 and is owned and operated by the Brigham Young University, a school operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Villagers from the Center were featured on the Ed Sullivan Show and at Hollywood Bowl in the 1960s, further boosting visitors. In 1975, the Center expanded to include the Marquesas Islands village. Throughout the years, evening entertainment have come and gone, but the core of the Polynesian Cultural Center remains the same: sharing knowledge and making friends with every visitor.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Duration: Approximately 3 Hours
  • Amenities: BBQ buffet included. Restrooms, interactive exhibts and souvenirs are also available.
  • Insider Tip: When visiting the island villages, don't spend too much time at one island. Visiting your selected islands for a few minutes will allow you to see and experience more.
  • Fun Fact: Admission fees for the Polynesian Cultural Center are used for scholarships for students at Brigham Young University.
  • What to Expect: 7 Villages of Polynesia, demonstrations, musical performances, and a BBQ Buffet of island favorites
  • Pop Culture: The Polynesian Cultural Center was featured in Elvis Presleys Paradise, Hawaiian Style.