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Places to Visit on Oahu- Polynesian Cultural Center


Another place we visited (or I should say re-visited) while in Oahu earlier this month, was the Polynesian Cultural Center. Best to arrive as soon as it opens and spend the whole day as there is much to see and experience. This is a cultural delight your entire family will enjoy.

One of the lovely views within the center, seen from a canoe ride or walking across the bridge.

There are six cultures represented here: Aotearoa, Fiji, Hawaii, Tahiti, Tonga and Samoa. Each one has its own village, offering unique performances and interactive demonstrations. You might learn a new game with sticks, prepare a local food native style, or make your own woven headband.

Moai statues, representing Rapa Nui (Easter Island).


Guests may freely tour the villages themselves or participate in a tour, as we did. This was our sweet tour guide, Brooklyn. We spent most of the day with her, visiting each village as she explained traditions and history. We caught at least one attraction in each village, took the canoe ride, and here she was explaining how the taro plant becomes poi (a traditional Hawaiian food).

One of the highlights of the day is the canoe pageant. Each culture demonstrates their particular style of song and dance. My favorite was Tahiti. (Please excuse my amateur video, haha.)



After a full day of village hopping, enjoy a luau, which is what I recommend for first visits. As we had experienced the luau before, we thought we’d try the prime rib buffet. The main difference is that the luau has Hawaiian entertainment as you dine on traditional luau food (quite yummy and served buffet style), while the delicious prime rib (and crab legs) buffet forgoes the show (although we were serenaded with the song, You Are My Sunshine, in honor of our anniversary).

Aren’t these doors beautiful? They lead into the dining hall where the prime rib buffet is served.

Whatever you do, don’t miss the evening show, Breath of Life. It’s  simply spectacular! I have no pictures of it since photography is not allowed. Just trust me, this is will be the perfect end to your day here. ♥ Thanks for stopping by!


I am a wife and homeschooling mama, an auntie and a friend. I am a chocolate lover. I am a crafter, photographer, reader, and a traveler. I am a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (I am a Mormon).

10 thoughts on “Places to Visit on Oahu- Polynesian Cultural Center

  1. We didn’t do this on our trip and I wish we had. Perhaps one day we’ll get back there.
    We did do a Luau and I could skip that and do Prime Rib buffet next time too. Those doors are gorgeous!

    The images, and video are lovely. I enjoyed the arm-chair tour!

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