Polynesian Cultural Center FULL TOUR | Oahu, Hawaii

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Every village. Almost every activity. Plus the luau, movie, and the Ha: Breath of Life night show. We did everything at the Polynesian Cultural Center and shared our full experience with you so you can decide if it's worth the price. (Spoiler: it is.)

This is the first video in a 5-day trip to Hawaii for our baby-moon. Make sure you subscribe to see the other videos as we post them (North Shore, Dole Plantation, Hanauma Bay, and more).

We spent our first day in the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) and ended up going back a second day because there is far too much to do in one day. Honestly, we think this is one of the best things to do in Oahu. We visited all six villages (representing the islands of Hawaii, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, and Aotearoa - New Zealand). We also ate at the luau, watched the Imax movie and the night show, and learned how to play the ukulele for free. It's all included with admission and we wanted to do it all.

Here are some timestamps for different parts of the video, and then I'll put some ticket info below that.

Samoa - 0:44
1:10 - Making fire from two sticks, weaving, and fire knife twirling
Hawaii - 2:46
3:19 - Hula dance practice and traditional Hawaiian games (konane and 'ulu maika)
Tahiti - 6:38
6:40 - Spear throwing and pole fishing
7:48 - Tahitian coconut bread
Fiji - 8:11
8:18 - Using the derua (bamboo percussion instrument)
9:00 - Temporary Fijian tattoos, making coconut oil, and chief's house
Aotearoa (New Zealand) - 13:44
13:44 - The Haka (warrior dance)
14:23 - Titi torea (stick toss game)
14:45 - Poi balls
Tonga - 15:45
15:51 - Ma'ulu'ulu (Tongan seated dance)
16:17 - Ta nafa (drum show - this is hysterical in real life)

3:55 - Canoe pageant
5:20 - Free ukulele lessons
10:54 - Ali'i Luau buffet
17:27 - Gift shop and Imax movie review (Hawaiian Journey)
18:27 - Ha theater preview (the show is absolutely incredible!)
18:47 - BYU Hawaii and temple tour

Ticket info:

First off, we were not sponsored for this video. We didn't even get a discount. We paid the full $120 each for the Ali'i luau package. It was a lot of money and it took a lot of convincing for us to spend that much money. We wanted to make this video to show you everything that the PCC has to offer so you can decide if it's worth the money. For us, it was worth it without a doubt.

There are lots of ticket options, all of which you can read about on their website: https://www.polynesia.com/packages/

The most basic package (as of January 2019 when I'm uploading this) is about $90. That doesn't include the luau and show, just a buffet dinner at the restaurant in the center. We decided to spend the extra $30 to upgrade for the luau.

The ambassador luau package was another $25 upgrade and that gave you better seating at and a behind the scenes tour for the Ha night show. You can see the theater at 18:27 in the video; I don't think you really need the closer seats.

There are other packages that include tours of Oahu and private VIP tours, you can read about those options on the site.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below. We respond to every comment.

-Brian and Isa


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"Summer Days" by Nicolai Heidlas (https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas/tracks)

Filmed on August 10, 2017 on a Canon G7X Mark II.


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