If you ever find yourself in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu, you must go to the Polynesian Culture Center. The first time I went, I took a guided tour. I recommend you do the same thing if you want to get the full experience of the center.
If you are staying in Waikiki, it will take approximately one hour to drive to PCC. You can book your tour to include transportation or you can drive yourself. If you are not familiar with the island, the bus might be the best way to go.
The Polynesian Culture Center is a full day adventure, representing seven Polynesian Villages. I toured each of the seven villages of Hawaii, Hawaii, Samoa, Maori New Zealand (Aotearoa), Fiji, Tahiti, the Marquesas and Tonga . I met and learned about people in each village. My favorite village was Samoa. This village's show is not to be missed. They have a Samoan chief doing demonstrations and teaching about his culture. He is very entertaining and funny.
In the middle of the day there is a pageant of canoes being represented by each village. In the evening, I was escorted to the dining area I chose at the beginning of the day. Some people will be eating at a buffet, some a table served meal and others will experience a luau. I suggest you book the luau. I love the luau best because they have authentic hawaiian foods and great live entertainment. Be sure to get in line for dinner early, the seating is first come, first served.
After dinner I was guided to sit in the ampitheater where I saw the most spectacular evening show. Every village sang and danced in their island's style. It is beautiful and memorable. Make sure to save some room for dessert. During intermission they serve sherbert in a pineapple!
I think this was a great way to spend a day in Hawaii. I would highly recommend this tour!