The iconic 42-acre Polynesian Cultural Center is reopening on a limited schedule. Between January 18 and February 28, you can visit between 3:45pm until 9:00pm by reserving the Alii Luau and HA Show. The Hukilau Marketplace outside the center will open from 11am to 9:30pm every day except Sunday.
Then beginning March 1, you can purchase general admission and more event packages that will become available.
New safety measures have been implemented. These include temperature screening, mask requirement, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning, and limited interaction between employees and guests.
Polynesian Cultural Center is both a living museum and an iconic Hawaii theme park on Oahu’s north shore. Here, guests learn about Hawaii and Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Aotearoa, Marquesas, and Tahiti by visiting themed villages. Top your day with a luau or eat at their restaurant. The evening concludes with the show “HA: Breath of Life.”
PCC is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) and most staff are also students at the adjacent Brigham Young University – Hawaii. Students are from all over the world, but Polynesian culture predominates. Profits help to fund scholarships.
Performers demonstrate a wide range of arts and crafts throughout the day. Tip: check daily schedules. There’s also an IMAX theater that will get you soaring above Hawaii. Think Disney here.
Ali`i Luau Buffet
Price for discounted packages can include a luau dinner at Hale Kaui. Local hosts guide you through the experience. Be sure to try the Kalua pig, which is freshly prepared in the imu oven. Tip: visit the center section to get your taste of pig, Limi-Limi, Poke, and Poi.
“Ha: Breath of Life.” Family, love, courage, and honor are themes highlighted by vibrant costumes and talented dancers. The fire dancers definitely rock. As they say, think Broadway with flaming knives. Note: no photos allowed. The show is from 730pm-9pm with a brief intermission.
Unless you would like to visit the Laie Temple, skip the shuttle tour, which is, in fact, a temple tour.
Even if you don’t have time to spend at Polynesian Cultural Center, you can still stop by The Hukilau Village, which offers free admission and eats at Pounders restaurant.
Find out more at Polynesian Cultural Center.