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The Beauty of Polynesia

    What is the real beauty of Polynesia? The media may focus on pictures of beautiful Polynesian woman dressed in hula skirts, with big brown eyes and long, luxurious hair. These quintessential islanders can make men swoon and women long for such genes. But the real beauty of Polynesia comes from the hearts of its people.   Those who have worked at the Polynesian Cultural Center, and the loyal guests who visit us time and again will be happy to list off the people who have touched their lives…..honorable and gracious kapuna who have guided and influenced...
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Tonga Time

     Tonga, like it’s cousins across the Pacific, has it’s own approach to time. Today may mean tomorrow. Half an hour may be more like two hours or in some cases two days or even a week.   If you are a foreigner this may take a bit of adjusting to, but remember you are on holiday so just relax and go with it.   Big occasions like a street festival maybe changed from, let’s say, Monday the 14th to Tuesday the 15th. The change could be made on the 13th without much consultation. Although you may not know that the times have changed, the rest of the Kingdom...
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Tongan Feasting and Christmas Memories

    Tongan feasting: A serious custom   [Author’s note: I have attended Polynesian feasts where they cooked 200 pigs, and fed thousands of people . . . but the first time I sat down at a Tongan kaipola feast, I was truly impressed.]   An expression of love and gratitude: “I feel that Tongan feasting is driven by the same principles on which the American Thanksgiving holiday is based. It truly is an expression of love and gratitude. Also, it involves a sense of duty to maintain relationships among family and community members,” said Alamoti “Moti”...
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Coconut Tree Climbing – Samoan Style!

    * Editor’s Note: Before trying this exercise, we suggest you be in the best physical shape possible, be of Polynesian descent and if necessary, have a physical check-up (just kidding, well maybe not because this skill is dangerous!).   Recently my wife called a Samoan young man to come over to my home to cut the coconuts off our two tall trees fronting our yard.       Hanging coconuts can get dangerous, especially on windy days when the coconut falls and nearly misses the kids.  We decided to be proactive and have them removed. Watching this young man...
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Christmas in Polynesia: Mele and Iosepa

    Episode #7   Sending You Our Holiday Greetings!     Episode #6   “SILENT NIGHT” A Tender Moment of Christmas Love and Joy with Mele and Iosepa Marau na Kerisimasi!  (Merry Christmas – Fiji)       Episode #5 “Mele Lets Out Her Inner Diva…” Iosepa holds his aching ears while the chicken clears the beach.   Episode #4 “Iosepa Receives the Present of Mele’s…uhm… His Dreams” …and is overcome with great joy! Episode #3 “Iosepa Wraps Up More Than Just the Presents”  Mele stumbles...
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Favorites in Tahiti

  Surprise!  Our Tahitian Village guests love eating free samples  Heitiare Pane’e, our PCC Tahitian Village “chiefess” or manager, reports that sampling faraoa opa’a or traditional Tahitian coconut bread is one of the favorite guest activities in the village. “We explain to them how it’s made from shredded coconut and cooked in the ahi ma’a or underground oven,” she says. “Then we pass out tasty, free samples.” Don’t you wish you could try some, too? So, what do you think is the second-most favorite thing to watch, or even try, if you dare, in the...