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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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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’s Hukilau Marketplace celebrates sec...

The Polynesian Cultural Center celebrated the second anniversary of our popular Hukilau Marketplace by offering hundreds of community residents and visitors special entertainment and activities, and opening several new additions to its Roulotte Court (roulottes are popular food trucks in French Polynesia). In opening the Hukilau Marketplace in 2015, President Alfred Grace explained the Center planned this unique addition to attract drive-by, regular and community customers, as well as to “reflect on the great history and stories past of Laie.”  He was referring to the...
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Polynesian Cultural Center honors Tonga’...

Tongan Villagers at the Polynesian Cultural Center joined their compatriots in the South Pacific in mourning Her Majesty Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho. She passed away at age 90 on February 19, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand, where she had gone for medical treatment.   Queen Mother Mata’aho was the wife of Tonga’s late King Tupou IV, and mother of the late King Tupou V and current King Tupou VI. She is also survived by her daughter, Princess Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita, 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.   The entire Kingdom of Tonga observed the queen...
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Community service and aloha reflects the...

Introducing Junior Ah You     While the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame inducted Junior Ah You into its class of 2017 during an enshrinement ceremony on January 21, 2017, at the Polynesian Cultural Center, it’s the large Samoan’s decades of serving the people of his home with “aloha” ever since he retired from professional football in 1983 that truly demonstrates his championship character.   Granted, Ah You played football so well that the most recent PFHOF recognition is his fourth hall of fame honor; but his trail to glory on the gridiron started...