My family has been traveling to Hawaii for many years. We are very familiar with Oahu and love everything this island has to offer.
On most trips we have stuck to exploring beautiful beaches on the island. This year, our kids are older so we decided to finally visit the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Our kids are now 5 and 8 years old. We thought this would be a great time to bring them to the Polynesian Cultural Center to learn more about this islands of Polynesia.
When we arrived at the Polynesian Cultural Center we were invited onto a tram and brought to the ticket desk. The ticket desk is in the Hukilau Marketplace. In the Hukilau Marketplace you’ll find food trucks, souvenir stands, restaurants and stores. The Hukilau Marketplace is extremely charming.
We walked through the Marketplace and made it to the entrance of the villages. The villages to visit include Samoa, Aotearoa, Fiji, Hawaii, Iosepa, Tonga, Tahiti and Rapa Nui. Every village has fun hands on activities. The entire family had fun trying different games and skills throughout the Polynesian Cultural Center.
We began our visit with the Islands of Samoa where we attempted to start fire, learnt to weave a fish and tried throwing fire knife batons.
After visiting Samoa we took a short break to watch the “Rainbows of Paradise” Canoe Pageant. We were all very impressed at the dances performed atop double-hulled canoes.
We continued onto Aotearoa where we played a game of tititorea, learned to dance with poi balls and tried traditional fighting with a taiaha.
After Aotearoa we visited Fiji, Hawaii, Iosepa, Tonga and Tahiti. While in Tahiti we all participated in a spear-throwing competition. This was a very fun station. I was surprised to see how well we all did!
We continued on to a fun canoe tour. The entire family enjoyed the view of the from a large canoe. My kids thought it was the funnest part of the day.
We stopped for a snack at one of the snack bars. I really appreciated seeing special food items from different villages throughout the Polynesian Cultural Center. I also found all food items to be very well priced.
We ended our visit at the Polynesian Cultural Center with the film “Hawaiian Journey”. This IMAX film was wonderful! We learnt more about Hawaii, enjoyed the effects in the theatre (moving seats and misty sprays). We all felt that “Hawaiian Journey” was a great way to end our Polynesian Cultural Center experience.
Overall my family had a lovely time at the Polynesian Cultural Center. I’m happy we went and finally experienced it.
There are many ticket options available for the Polynesian Cultural Center. You can choose a general admission ticket that gives you access to all the villages and canoe rides. You can upgrade your ticket to include the “Ha: Breath of Life” show or the Luau.