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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...
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PCC celebrates 27th annual Moanikeala Hu...

As it has for the past several years, the Polynesian Cultural Center hosted its annual Moanikeala Hula Festival on February 4, 2017, in a perfect setting — under the monkeypod tree in the Hawaiian Village.   PCC’s current kumu hula [or hula master teacher] Pomaika’i Krueger explained, as it has for the past 27 years, this year’s annual festival honors the legacy of the Center’s first kumu, the late Aunty Sally Moanikeala Wood Naluai who taught “many, many students” until she retired in the 1980s. (She remained active, however, as a hula consultant until she passed...
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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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Hawaii Village at the PCC displays nativ...

The Hawaiian Islands are an archipelago of 8 major islands and multiple small outcroppings. They are considered the most isolated land mass on earth. Very few native plants have survived the invasion of foreign ornamental and crop vegetation.      The Hawaii Village at the Polynesian Cultural Center is honored to tend and present Hawaiian based plants. Here is an overview of just a few:   MEDICINAL PLANTS   Growing alongside the Hale Hana (Work House) is a bush that hosts small purple flowers.  This plant, called the Awōwī, is utilized as a poultice for mending...
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Pack Hawaii

How to Pack for Your Hawaiian Vacation  We know you want to look and feel your best while visiting Hawaii. Here are a few suggestions for a cool and comfortable trip.   First, think about what activities you want to do when you get here. Next, figure out what items you’ll need while doing them. Now, take a moment and reassess. Ask yourself, do I REALLY need it, will I REALLY use it, and do I REALLY want to pack it with me through the airport? There’s a lot to be said for ‘packing light’, and remember, Honolulu is a modern metropolis with many stores...