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The Village Approach: Maori child-rearin...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   Maori culture is built upon the premise that…“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari, he toa takitini” (“my achievements are not of myself, but because of the many”.) Māori culture personifies the belief that “it takes a village to raise a child”.  The marae provides a venue for families and extended families to interact in a uniquely Māori environment where children learn their culture. Maoris raise their children together, participate in activities together, build, work and play...
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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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PCC Samoan fire knives vs. batons

Former baton majorette looks at Samoan fire knives A former baton-twirling majorette shared several interesting observations after watching the Polynesian Cultural Center’s recent Samoan World Fireknife Championships in May 2017. Sister Sue Ann Long, 73, is a senior volunteer missionary from Provo, Utah, who is helping to digitize the PCC’s archives. She perfected that skill after working as an administrative assistant for the director of LDS Philanthropies (LDSP) for 13 years, and was then assigned to digitally compile LDSP’s 40-year archives. LDSP oversees...
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Famous Laie chef partners in Hukilau Mar...

Sam Choy (inset) opens a new Seafood & Poke truck with friend, Junior Ah You Famous Hawaiian chef Sam Choy, who was born and raised right here in Laie, has partnered with Junior and Almira Ah You in opening Sam Choy & Tita’s Seafood & Poke food truck on March 11, 2017, in the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Hukilau Marketplace. The opening helped mark the second anniversary of the popular marketplace. The new seafood truck is parked next to Tita’s Grill, which the extended Ah You family operates in the roulotte or food truck court. “The food world is really...
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Ambassador Macadamia Nut Chicken Recipe ...

Restaurants around the world change their menus regularly to reflect current popular dishes, economic necessities and the imagination and skills of the current chef. But there are always favorite dishes that patrons remember fondly. The Polynesian Cultural Center is no different – we weigh out and make changes very carefully, fine tuning our meals to best reflect the needs and tastes of our international visitors. But we keep some dishes very close to our heart. One of most popular dishes from the past is the beloved Ambassador Macadamia Nut Chicken and it’s amazingly...
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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...