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Exercise Your Taste Buds on Oahu’s North...

So, you’re coming to the North Shore! You have your bags packed, and your activities planned. But to truly immerse yourself in the flavor of this magical place, you also need to grab a fork and dig in!   We are pleased to provide you with an overview of some of the best food Oahu’s North Shore has to offer. We have something for everyone!   North Shore Oahu / Image courtesy of Google Maps   Hauula Shrimp Tacos from North Shore Tacos / Photo courtesy of Hawaii Home North Shore Taco It’s said that they have the #1 fish taco on the North Shore. Judging by the...
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Ambassador Macadamia Nut Chicken Recipe ...

Restaurants around the world change their menus regularly to reflect current popular dishes, economic necessities and the imagination and skills of the current chef. But there are always favorite dishes that patrons remember fondly. The Polynesian Cultural Center is no different – we weigh out and make changes very carefully, fine tuning our meals to best reflect the needs and tastes of our international visitors. But we keep some dishes very close to our heart. One of most popular dishes from the past is the beloved Ambassador Macadamia Nut Chicken and it’s amazingly...
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Hawaii Village at the PCC displays nativ...

The Hawaiian Islands are an archipelago of 8 major islands and multiple small outcroppings. They are considered the most isolated land mass on earth. Very few native plants have survived the invasion of foreign ornamental and crop vegetation.      The Hawaii Village at the Polynesian Cultural Center is honored to tend and present Hawaiian based plants. Here is an overview of just a few:   MEDICINAL PLANTS   Growing alongside the Hale Hana (Work House) is a bush that hosts small purple flowers.  This plant, called the Awōwī, is utilized as a poultice for mending...
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Pack Hawaii

How to Pack for Your Hawaiian Vacation  We know you want to look and feel your best while visiting Hawaii. Here are a few suggestions for a cool and comfortable trip.   First, think about what activities you want to do when you get here. Next, figure out what items you’ll need while doing them. Now, take a moment and reassess. Ask yourself, do I REALLY need it, will I REALLY use it, and do I REALLY want to pack it with me through the airport? There’s a lot to be said for ‘packing light’, and remember, Honolulu is a modern metropolis with many stores...
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Community service and aloha reflects the...

Introducing Junior Ah You     While the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame inducted Junior Ah You into its class of 2017 during an enshrinement ceremony on January 21, 2017, at the Polynesian Cultural Center, it’s the large Samoan’s decades of serving the people of his home with “aloha” ever since he retired from professional football in 1983 that truly demonstrates his championship character.   Granted, Ah You played football so well that the most recent PFHOF recognition is his fourth hall of fame honor; but his trail to glory on the gridiron started...
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The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame ens...

 Annual Celebrations welcomes new inductees     In 2013 the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame partnered with the Polynesian Cultural Center in establishing their permanent home in the PCC’s Welcome Center near the main Hukilau Marketplace entrance . . . and enshrined the inaugural class in January 2015. Another class and other honorees are now enshrined each January.    You can read about past year inductees here: 2015 Football Hall of Fame Inductees – Blog by Mike Foley 2016 Football Hall of Fame Inductees – Blog by Mike Foley     Admission...
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Polynesia is for Families!

Far more than a museum   One of the greatest strengths of the many Polynesian countries represented here at the Polynesian Cultural Center is their love and commitment to their families. It is evident in the activities and presentations throughout the Center, as well as a main theme in our beautiful evening show, Ha: The Breath of Life.         Each village offers activities that highlight their culture. Each village also offers cultural games and activities that are sure to be a favorite amongst the kids. For instance, in the Aotearoa Village, guests...
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Tahitian Coconut Bread

How to make coconut bread just like the Tahitian Village at The Polynesian Cultural Center! Ingredients: 2 cups fresh coconut, grated (if not available, use unsweetened coconut from the store) 4 cups flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 1/2 cups water     Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degres 2. In a large bowl, mix coconut and baking powder 3. Add sugar and water 4. Add flour 5. Mix all ingredients to a doughy texture, adding flour as needed so that the dough is not too sticky (hint: use some coconut oil on your hands to prevent them from getting sticky)...