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Palusami – an easy and flavorful s...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up One of the first truly Polynesian dishes served to me when arriving in La’ie was an amazing little dish Samoans call Palusami. The website Cooking Hawaii defines it as: “A traditional Samoan dish of wrapped bundles of taro leaves with a coconut and onion filling. Sometimes made with chicken, …fish [or corned beef] along with the coconut. Very similar to our Hawaiian lau lau.” This popular dish actually can be found in varying forms across Polynesia and Asia. Fiji versions may...
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How Rapa Nui’s Moai came to the PC...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   People come from around the world to visit The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) where they can immerse themselves in 6 amazing island cultures, Hawaii, Aotearoa, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga. Each ‘village’ provides in-depth experiences in history, culture, music, dance and activities. Its a wonderful, full-day experience. One of our signature sights as our guests travel through the Center is of 5 statues, placed on a small island in the middle of our lagoon….tall figures,...
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PCC Samoan Culture Ambassador joins medi...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up The Polynesian Cultural Center recently participated in a media blitz on the U.S. East coast that included our Samoan Culture Ambassador Creasepaul Tofa. He is a traditionally raised Samoan who enjoys sharing his heritage with both visitors and urban Samoan students:  Samoa, sweet Samoa Creasepaul “Crease” Tofa, one of the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Samoan Village culture ambassadors, grew up farming, fishing and cooking for his family in the small village of Saipipi on Samoa’s biggest island,...
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Best-ever Samoan World Fireknife Champio...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up Story and images by Mike Foley   The Polynesian Cultural Center’s 25th annual Samoan World Fireknife Championship special event from May 11-13, 2017, surpassed all expectations. Following two days of men’s preliminary and semifinal competition, junior and intermediate division finals, and a high school Samoan traditional cultural arts festival, it all came down to three thrilling finalists separated by the narrowest margins. The 2017 World Fireknife Champion They competed during a special...
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PCC World Fireknife photo essay

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up Story and images by Mike Foley   The following photo essay depicts selected moments from the Polynesian Cultural Center’s 25th annual Samoan World Fireknife Championship, including the “We Are Samoa” high school traditional Samoan arts festival, from May 11-13, 2017. May 11: Open division preliminary competition On the first evening, 19 “warriors” in the open division (ages 18-and-up) — who came from Hawaii, Japan, Hong Kong, California, Florida and Tahiti — competed...
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PCC celebrates 27th annual Moanikeala Hu...

As it has for the past several years, the Polynesian Cultural Center hosted its annual Moanikeala Hula Festival on February 4, 2017, in a perfect setting — under the monkeypod tree in the Hawaiian Village.   PCC’s current kumu hula [or hula master teacher] Pomaika’i Krueger explained, as it has for the past 27 years, this year’s annual festival honors the legacy of the Center’s first kumu, the late Aunty Sally Moanikeala Wood Naluai who taught “many, many students” until she retired in the 1980s. (She remained active, however, as a hula consultant until she passed...