It’s been over two years since I’ve been to the Polynesian cultural Center. The visit reminded me of some things I’d like to share, including some tips about visiting this attraction.

One of the first things I noticed is that they charge six dollars for parking if you’re driving there yourself. The timing is also critical. If you get there after 1:30 PM ( like we did duh!!) you won’t be able to see a presentation until 3:00 PM because the boat parade starts at 2 p.m.. You may want to bring your own water and snacks because it can be quite costly. A 12 oz bottle of water was $2.60. a small bag of peanuts was 3.10 cents.

There are many different ways to enjoy this experience and it all depends on your personal preference. If you’re the kind of person that really enjoys learning about different cultures and their customs, it’s wonderful. If that describes you, I would recommend spending a full day at the center. That means you should arrive right at 12:30 and take in as many of the cultural presentations as possible as they only happen on the half- hour. It’s a good idea to arrive at a village before the presentation starts and experience some of the educational activities that are available. For example, pick the cultural presentation your interested in at the various villages, get there 15 or 20 minutes early and participate in demonstrations. You may want to consider the VIP Ambassador tour if you want your day at the park completely organized and structured. You can also add dinner or Luau and a show which is included in their various packages if you want to go “all out.”

The Polynesian Cultural Center is not for everyone. If you’re the kind of folks that don’t necessarily need or want to learn about different cultures you can just buy a day pass and spend a couple of hours there. I would focus on the cultural presentations starting with Samoa at 12:30, Hawaii at 1 p.m., and then Tonga at 130. If you didn’t have enough by them you could just stay for the boat parade. If you just did that, you would see a representation of every culture at the Polynesian cultural Center. It’s a nice drive to the North Shore and you can combine it with a stop in Haleiwa or one of the North Shore beaches.

If you’d like more information about the PCC just give me a call at 1-800-843-8771 ext. 22 and I can hook you up and help you figure out what your plan should be for this activity. It could be that the PCC is not for you at all and that OK!!

Just say Aloha Bruce, and I know exactly what ya mean

General admission: 50.00
Admission & dinner (w/trans) 150.00
Admission & Ali’I Luau 115.00


  1. Bruce…

    You left off some major features of the Polynesian Cultural Center — particularly the evening show and IMAX Theater. And people really like the dances and cultural presentations in the Tahiti, Fiji, and Aotearoa (New Zealand) villages, too. (I agree, Samoa is the most fun.)

    Also, with a kama‘aina annual pass for Hawaii residents — which is just $20 thru August, you even park free. I think the pass gives you discounts for your out-of-state visitors, too.

    The boat parade is a “must see,” not just a “stay if you haven’t had enough.” And the boat rides can be fun, too.

    The IMAX film is beautiful, educational, and a nice break from the heat. The last time I watched the Japanese version, and still enjoyed it for the visuals.

    And the evening show is spectacular with dozens of performers, great staging, and very entertaining. It’s superior in my view to any Waikiki or luau show.

    To beat the extra costs, you can carry your own water and go out to McDonalds (right next to PCC) for dinner, then return for the show. No need to buy a dinner package or the pineapple sherbet.

    While many of their presentations are a bit jazzed up and packaged for tourist tastes, you can actually find lots of authentic island culture at PCC. It’s a real asset to Polynesia.

    Finally, the effort and gracious hospitality of the many BYU-H students who work at PCC to earn their way through college should be recognized and appreciated.


  2. oh.. that the beauty place i seen. I like go to Hawaii when i grow with the tv drama “fantasy island”. Now many hawaii pakages offer but when i read this blog i know more about Hawaii. Thanks.
    I hope want day i can come there. Hawaii like Pulau Sipadan Sabah Borneo, Malaysia.


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