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Oahu North Shore beach guide: It’s...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   The beaches along the North Shore of Oahu are what dreams are made of. Sand, waves, tropical trees swaying in the breeze and a magical mix of colorful sea life and majestic turtles. What you may not know however, is how distinctly unique each beach is. Want to learn to surf? Castles might be your best spot. Want to see world class surfing? Then it’s Banzai Pipeline all the way, baby! We love the North Shore, and we know you will too! So, along with coming to spend a day with us here at The...
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Special artisans at PCC’s Te Manah...

ATTENTION, Maori culture fans! The Polynesian Cultural Center’s Aotearoa Village has invited an amazing slate of special artisans from New Zealand to our biannual Te Manahua Festival. The event will be held: in the PCC’s Aotearoa Village from July 13-15, 2017. Rahira Makekau, Te Manahua coordinator and PCC Maori cultural performance specialist, explained that this year’s festival goes beyond competitions among various groups performing kapa haka, or traditional Maori action songs and dances. Whakataetae and Te Manahua origins “Te Manahua means the fruition of our mana...
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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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Sweet Memories of Paradise

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up INTRODUCTION: Jimmy Mapu is one of our newest bloggers, but he has been with the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC)  for many years. Currently, he serves as the Director of Guest Services – which consists of students from around the globe who guide our guests through the PCC. Many have written to us about how these students have inspired and touched them. Many describe the experience as magical. Once you get to know Jimmy, you’ll know where that magic comes from.     What was lost was found at...
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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...
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Meet Tupua, our Senior Master of Ceremon...

  Tall, dark, handsome, killer smile, mellifluous voice, perfect diction, great stage presence, and more: Chances are if you’ve been to the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Alii Luau in the past three years, you’ve already met our Senior Master of Ceremonies, Tupua Ainuu. Some of you may know him by his nickname, “Cousin T”.   Some people think of Polynesians as being naturally gifted athletes — they are! But anyone who’s been to the PCC or watched Hawaii Five-O can tell you they also have a strong flair for performing; and with a list of characteristics like...