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Polynesian Cultural Center receives USA ...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   PCC wins USA Today “10 Best” Award USA Today readers recently voted the Polynesian Cultural Center as the number-one “best Hawaii attraction”   PCC selected from a list of 10 Hawaii attractions   The readers selected the Center the #1 from a list of 10 top attractions in the Aloha State that had been pre-nominated by a blue-ribbon panel of travel industry and media representatives. The Hawaii attractions nominated, and their order of finish in the recent survey included:...
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Canoe Pushing 101 at the PCC

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     Who is that?   As you carefully board our canoe for your water-based tour of the Polynesian Cultural Center, you may ask yourself “Who is that pushing my canoe?” Most of our “Canoe Pushers” are actually full time students next door at Brigham Young University – Hawaii. Many of our pushers are from other countries, but no matter where they’re from, they are trained to provide you with a wonderful experience on our beautiful lagoon. First off, you will notice that they...
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Feel the warmth of an island holiday: Ch...

  Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   Christmas time on the North Shore is a magical place. First off, you’re away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Second, you get to really experience Christmas ‘island style’. We have compiled a list of activities and suggestions to make your Christmas season warm, bright and full of aloha.     Hukilau Marketplace/Polynesian Cultural Center Come to the biggest seasonal celebration across the North Shore in beautiful La’ie. And best of all, these events are free to...
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Steel guitar originates and lives on in ...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     The steel guitar legacy begins in Laie The Polynesian Cultural Center has a unique connection to the Hawaiian steel guitar: Its inventor was born in Laie, home of the PCC, in 1874. Young Joseph Kekukuupenaokamehamehakanaiaupuni Apuakehau, who shortened his stage name to Kekuku, invented the steel guitar in 1885. It is sometimes said he laid a guitar across his lap and moved the back of metal comb across the frets to create the first distinctive Hawaiian steel guitar sounds. Almost 140...
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Volunteer Michael Theobald remembers pre...

Elder Michael and Sister Shauna Theobald have recently completed 13 months as senior training missionaries at the Polynesian Cultural Center and returned to their home in Orem, Utah. While volunteering here this time, they conducted leadership training for full-time staff and helped with orientation for new PCC employees. He had also previously conducted management training at the Center on eight other occasions. A worldwide trainer  It’s an understatement to say that Elder Theobald is a highly skilled trainer. He graduated from BYU in 1976 with a master’s degree in the...
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Mango Otai: Nectar of the Gods!

  Island breezes, coconut trees, waves lapping on a sandy beach. This must be paradise, yes? But even paradise can get a bit warm, so a special part of any visit to our beautiful island home includes a refreshing drink known locally as Otai. One year ago we shared the traditional Watermelon Otai recipe. This year the Polynesian Cultural Center is excited to share its close relative, Mango Otai, which is both refreshing and delicious! It is a favorite on Oahu, and is sure to be a favorite of yours!       Ingredients   3 fresh mangoes, grated 1...
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Through An Aussie’s Eyes: The Poly...

As much as we like telling the world about visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center, we LOVE it when we can share the experiences of our guests. Here is a great blog by Helena Kreis, an aspiring travel blogger from Australia (http://www.throughanaussieseyes.com). Thanks, Helena! We know your experience will help others looking at coming to our island paradise.     Learning about different cultures is one of the main reasons many of us travel. When we completely immerse ourselves in a culture that is new to us, it opens the doors to a life that we never really...
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PCC pioneer Cy Bridges receives chanter ...

The Moanalua Gardens Foundation, which sponsors the annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, presented widely respected Hawaiian culture expert and Polynesian Cultural Center retiree Cy Bridges with its inaugural Nāmakahelu Oli master chanter’s award at the Iolani Palace bandstand in Honolulu on July 16, 2017, during its 40th anniversary event. The award cited Bridges, who retired from the Center in 2014 after more than 45 years of service, for his “important contributions…as a keeper of our oli [chants] and culture to the preservation of this ancient art form.” As...