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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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Pani Popo – a Sticky, Gooey, Gotta...

    Pani Popo, or coconut buns, comes from Samoa and is made from yeast bread and sweetened coconut milk. Many people find it tastes more like glazed donuts, and with basic adjustments, such as substituting grapeseed or coconut oil for the butter, you can make a delicious treat that is dairy-free, while using coconut flour will make it gluten free. This is a very easy-to-modify dish, no matter what the dietary restrictions.   There are many recipes out there, but we wanted to present you with an authentic Samoan version where you pour the milk on top just before...
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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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Polynesian Cultural Center stages NFL dr...

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 a fine luau food event for 200–300 guests — co-hosted by our partner Polynesian Football Hall of Fame: They invited 200–300 guests to the event on April 27, 2017, during the National Football League draft in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Meet PCC Pounders Restaurant executive chief Felix Tai: He prepared the upscale luau. He’s why you may want to eat at Pounders the next time you’re in...
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Shoyu Chicken doesn’t get any easi...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:   Named after a local brand of soy sauce, this chicken dish is a favorite island plate, especially when you and your neighbors are having a luau (potluck) or you just need to please picky eaters. This version comes straight from the Food and Beverage Department of The Polynesian Cultural Center. It may be easy, but that’s part of the beauty of this simple little recipe. It literally fulfills the popular saying “winner, winner, chicken dinner!” And it’s versatile! A can of pineapple can...
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Pounders Restaurant’s custom pizza...

    Innovation and style is the hallmark of Pounders Restaurant, situated in the Hukilau Marketplace at the entrance to the Polynesian Cultural Center. Two years old and counting, Pounders hosts the same ‘daring’ can-do attitude as the waves you find at the beach it’s named after. Towards the middle of the restaurant you will find a counter top with stools strategically placed to face into the kitchen. From that vantage point, it’s rather hard to miss Pounder’s kiawe-wood-burning, Neopolitan-style brick oven used to cook their delicious pizzas. Not...