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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...
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Roasting Turkey, Polynesian Style!

   Last week I introduced how much turkey is loved here on the islands.  This week I would like to showcase how that plays out during Thanksgiving.   Roast turkey is very fine, indeed.  But a turkey baked in an Imu (an in-ground pit) is a delicacy not to be missed.    Unfortunately, most of us do not have the means nor the expertise to dig a hole in the backyard to smoke our turkey in  for hours at a time.      In my attempt to bring the islands to my Thanksgiving meal, I have personally experienced how “not” to smoke a turkey.  It’s quite...
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Honoring Our Kupuna & other PCC New...

    Other PCC and related news   PCC adds extra luau seating to meet summer demand: During peak seasons — summertime and the year-end holidays, the Polynesian Cultural Center’s fabulous Alii Luau is so popular that we normally run three seatings simultaneously in three different venues . . .   … but this summer the demand has been even higher, so after having to turn away too many people who wanted to enjoy the Alii Luau experience, PCC Vice President of Marketing Raymond Magalei said the PCC team came together on short order to work out the already complex...
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All Hawaii Honors King Kamehameha Each J...

      In 1871 King Kamehameha V set apart June 11th as a national holiday honoring his great-grandfather, King Kamehameha I, who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaii through a series of military victories and alliances with other island ali’i or rulers between the late 1790s and 1810. When Hawaii became the 50th state in the U.S. in 1959, Kamehameha Day was one of the first holidays proclaimed by the governor and state legislature. Today, floral parades — including the famous pa’u or decorated horse riders representing each island, lei...
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Maoritanga — The Maori Way of Life

    Māoritanga — Māori culture — is very much alive   Occasionally, a travel writer may describe the Polynesian Cultural Center as a “living museum”: That is, a place where we’ve recreated the past, but that’s not really accurate. Granted, most Polynesians now-a-days live in modern housing and dress in current fashions, whereas all of our PCC village houses are traditional and many of our villagers wear more traditional clothing; but even in this regard, most of our village staff dress traditionally. In the Samoan or Fijian villages, for example, will see...