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How Rapa Nui’s Moai came to the PC...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   People come from around the world to visit The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) where they can immerse themselves in 6 amazing island cultures, Hawaii, Aotearoa, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga. Each ‘village’ provides in-depth experiences in history, culture, music, dance and activities. Its a wonderful, full-day experience. One of our signature sights as our guests travel through the Center is of 5 statues, placed on a small island in the middle of our lagoon….tall figures,...
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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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PCC Samoan Culture Ambassador joins medi...

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 Samoan Culture Ambassador Creasepaul Tofa. He is a traditionally raised Samoan who enjoys sharing his heritage with both visitors and urban Samoan students:  Samoa, sweet Samoa Creasepaul “Crease” Tofa, one of the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Samoan Village culture ambassadors, grew up farming, fishing and cooking for his family in the small village of Saipipi on Samoa’s biggest island,...
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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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Toa O Samoa: Samoans in the Armed Forces

    Guest Blogger J.M. Levi is half-Samoan or afatasi and grew up in Missouri. We are pleased to feature her thoughts on Toa-o-Samoa – Samoans who serve in the military in honor of Memorial Day.     In 1872, Samoa agreed to allow the United States of America to build naval bases at Pago Pago, Tutuila in return for Military protection. (American Samoa became a Territory of the United States in 1900.) Later, during World War II, males 14 years and older trained for the opportunity to serve in the US Armed Forces. My grandpa, Atonio Fuimaono, served...
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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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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...