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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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Toa O Samoa: Samoans in the Armed Forces

    Guest Blogger J.M. Levi is half-Samoan or afatasi and grew up in Missouri. We are pleased to feature her thoughts on Toa-o-Samoa – Samoans who serve in the military in honor of Memorial Day.     In 1872, Samoa agreed to allow the United States of America to build naval bases at Pago Pago, Tutuila in return for Military protection. (American Samoa became a Territory of the United States in 1900.) Later, during World War II, males 14 years and older trained for the opportunity to serve in the US Armed Forces. My grandpa, Atonio Fuimaono, served...
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PCC’s Sione Milford: Immersed in T...

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 Tongan Culture Ambassador Sione Milford. We think you will enjoy meeting him, too. But first, there’s something even many native Tongans don’t realize about Sione: Becoming Tongan All Polynesians share some ancient heritage and contemporary commonalities, but the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Tongan Culture Ambassador has taken that concept to a new level. Imagine a burly, handsome...
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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...