Oahu, Hawaii's Polynesian Cultural Center, showcases cultures of the Pacific region via interactive re-created native villages.

Family Vacations in Hawaii: Polynesian Cultural Center

Nothing engages the whole family like history coming alive. The colorful costumes, lively songs, and intricate dances of a number of Pacific-region cultures are presented at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, Hawaii. You'll see Fiji, New Zealand, Marquesas, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, and Hawaii all represented in the Polynesian Cultural Center's authentically re-created island villages scattered about the 42-acre property, which is decorated with palm trees and tropical gardens. You can travel to each village on foot over a series of bridges or by canoe along the freshwater lagoon that links each village.

Every stop has something for children to enjoy. They can fish, bowl, play shuffleboard, take hula lessons, and try their hand at many more activities. "Natives" in each village demonstrate crafts and skills such as creating clothing from bark, sparking a fire by rubbing sticks together, and climbing a coconut tree. Each day ends with a lavish luau and Polynesian revue that features more than 100 native performers from all corners of the Pacific.

Polynesian Cultural Center Information

Address: 55-370 Kamehameha Highway (83), Laie, HI

Phone: 808/293-3333 or 800/367-7060

Hours of Operation: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Mon. - Sat.

Admission: Varies by package

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