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PCC’s Sione Milford: Immersed in T...

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 our Tongan Culture Ambassador Sione Milford. We think you will enjoy meeting him, too. But first, there’s something even many native Tongans don’t realize about Sione: Becoming Tongan All Polynesians share some ancient heritage and contemporary commonalities, but the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Tongan Culture Ambassador has taken that concept to a new level. Imagine a burly, handsome...
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Shoyu Chicken doesn’t get any easi...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     Named after a local brand of soy sauce, this chicken dish is a favorite island plate, especially when you and your neighbors are having a luau (potluck) or you just need to please picky eaters. This version comes straight from the Food and Beverage Department of The Polynesian Cultural Center. It may be easy, but that’s part of the beauty of this simple little recipe. It literally fulfills the popular saying “winner, winner, chicken dinner!” And it’s versatile! A...
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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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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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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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Exercise Your Taste Buds on Oahu’s North...

So, you’re coming to the North Shore! You have your bags packed, and your activities planned. But to truly immerse yourself in the flavor of this magical place, you also need to grab a fork and dig in!   We are pleased to provide you with an overview of some of the best food Oahu’s North Shore has to offer. We have something for everyone!     Hauula North Shore Taco It’s said that they have the #1 fish taco on the North Shore. Judging by the crowds, they just might be right! Open daily 11a – 9p Korean BBQ Wide variety of yummy Korean food. Limited seating....
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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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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...