The Polynesian Cultural Center is one of the top Oahu
attractions and is a terrific hour-long scenic drive
from Waikiki. It's a great family attraction comprising
seven genuine native villages and offers a unique opportunity
to participate in the daily activities of South Pacific
and Hawaiian culture. The largest Polynesian evening show
and the most authentic of Oahu
luaus can be experienced at the Hawaii Polynesian
Cultural Center along with a myriad of other fun things
to do in Oahu.
One of the most exciting competitions, called the Te Whanaketanga, is presented each year at the center. The competition features New Zealand Maori dance and song, or kapa haka, in the official New Zealand native language of Aotearoa. Two new aspects of the competition include the Haha Hard and Poi E! Haka Hard is a performance illustrated by five men through demanding and raw dances. The dances were once performed by ancient warriors to increase their spirit before a fierce battle to scare the enemy. The show is full of astounding energy and accomplished in just four minutes during which abundant strength is demonstrated.
Poi E! is a competition performed at the Polynesian Cultural Center by five women and exhibits some of the most amazing hand-eye arrangement ever seen. Through rhythm, percussion and breathtaking dance skills the native women twirl Maori poi balls throughout the competition at incredible speeds. In this exciting competition the women are also afforded four short minutes in which to show off their best abilities. Te Whanaketanga also features a distinctive concert carried out by Adeaze, a top-rated New Zealand duet at the Hawaii Polynesian Cultural Center.
Many search for a completely authentic luau when visiting Oahu and the other islands of Maui, Kauai and Big Island. The advantage in visiting Oahu is the ability to enjoy one of the most authentic luaus in all of Hawaii through the Polynesian Cultural Center Luau. The center's luau is called the Ali'i Luau and is performed at the Hale Alhoa Theater which seats up to 700 guests, at tables set for eight guests, who all enjoy a great view of the show.
At the Polynesian Cultural Center Luau the beautiful stage backdrop is made up of a vibrant lagoon, cascading waterfalls, 90-foot dual murals comprising native foliage, and a picturesque mountain background with a traditional imu pit oven at the base. The luau menu will have your mouth watering at the fragrant scents of customary fare.
The traditional main staples featured at the Polynesian Cultural Center Luau include Poi and poke, which is raw fish marinated in coconut cream, lemon juice and other Hawaiian condiments. Also on the all-you-can eat menu is Lomilomi salmon, a type of jerky called Pipi kaula, alua pua'a or roast pork, teriyaki chicken and chicken long rice, a traditional salad made from sweet potatoes. Succulent seasonal fruits, a variety of delicious salads, a myriad of dessert choices and an assortment of cold drinks are also served.
Visitor can choose from a number of different packages offered at the center from general admission to the Ambassador's package. Each includes different shows, performances, tastings and more. There are a number of other fascinating shows performed at the theater so be sure to check the roster. The Polynesian Cultural Center operates from Monday through Saturday and is closed Sundays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The excitement doesn't stop at the Polynesian Cultural Center Luau. Visitors can watch Hawaiian Royal Court performances, listen to traditional Hawaiian music played by native musicians, Tahitian dancers, Samoan fire knife dancers and the energetic Samoan tree climbers who shimmy up towering palms in the blink of an eye. When traveling from Honolulu or Waikiki there are a number of excellent attractions to stop and see on the way to the Polynesian Cultural Center including the Byodo-In Temple in Valley of the Temples, Senator Fong's Plantation and Gardens and the Kualoa Ranch and Park.