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The Polynesian Cultural Center & Service Missionaries

Since its founding in 1963, the Polynesian Cultural Center has been the recipient of love and service from countless full-time missionaries and volunteers.  These selfless couples and individuals have left a lasting legacy for the current and future students and employees of the Center. To this day, service missionaries and volunteers from all over the world have the opportunity to serve at the Polynesian Cultural Center. If you would like to serve as a service missionary or volunteer at the PCC, please continue to read the information below.

See who's currently serving and volunteering at the Polynesian Cultural Center. 

Senior Missionary Opportunities at PCC

There are currently about 30 full-time Latter-day Saint service missionaries at the Polynesian Cultural Center. They are involved in helping with:

Motor Pool Physical Facilities Agriculture
Food Services Air conditioning Warehouse
Operations Business Office Farm
Wardrobe Finance Internal Auditing
Human Resources Information Systems Guides
Islands Maintenance Islands Handicrafts
Safety and First Aid Hawai'i Mission Settlement  Marketing Research

There are also about 24 "educational missionaries" and volunteers serving at BYU–Hawai'i. For example retired professors teach classes, while others work as administrators, counselors, career placement, office and in other staff positions. There are also service missionaries at the Laie Hawai'i Temple, the Laie Hawai'i Temple Visitors Center, and the Laie Family History Center. For a list of most of the service missionaries and volunteers in Laie...

A Tremendous Contribution, A Rich Heritage

In short, LDS service missionaries make a tremendous contribution wherever they are assigned.

"They add an immense value here at the Polynesian Cultural Center," says President & CEO Von D. Orgill. "These faithful men and women have left behind comfortable retirement and homes, children and grandchildren, so they can come at their own expense and freely share their time and talents with us."

"Is it a sacrifice? Of course, but all of them feel like they've gained much more in return," President Orgill continues. "For example, Polynesians in general revere their kupuna or elders, so our senior missionaries quickly become important members of our larger, extended family and are enveloped in the aloha spirit of our young employees. They often become mentors to these young people, plus they enjoy each other's company and at least weekly meet with all the other senior missionaries in the area."

"Our current service missionaries are continuing a rich tradition at the Polynesian Cultural Center, that started in the South Pacific in the 1950s when our Church called 'labor missionaries' to help build chapels, schools and temples. LDS labor missionaries from throughout the Pacific and the U.S. mainland built BYU–Hawai'i [which was called Church College of Hawai'i from 1955-74] in two phases from 1955-1961, and then went on to build the Polynesian Cultural Center, which opened in October 1963. Many community members and Polynesians from as far away as New Zealand also volunteered their time to help build the PCC."

"We love our service missionaries and warmly appreciate all they do. Many of them tell me they feel this love every day while they're with us, so I know it's a special time and opportunity for them to serve here," President Orgill says. "We're very grateful for all they bring."

Current Openings for Service Missionaries at PCC

Openings for voluntary (non-paid) service missionaries at the Polynesian Cultural Center change from time to time. If you're interested, but don't see anything that fits your qualifications, you may want to check this site occasionally, or contact: John Muaina, Vice President of Human Resources, who coordinates the missionary efforts, phone 808-293-3005.

We currently have no openings: When openings exist, the spouse will be assigned to clerical or hosting duties at the PCC. The service period for each position is 12-18 months. Living expenses per couple are estimated between $2,000-$2,500 per month.

Full-time and/or Part-time "Volunteers"

In addition to full-time service missionaries, a number of LDS couples and single women serve at the PCC (or BYU-Hawai'i) as either full-time or part-time "volunteers" (and are technically labeled as such, even though all service and other missionaries as well as "volunteers" voluntarily give their time and serve at no pay). While these volunteers are locally treated the same as service missionaries, there are several important distinctions:

  • Volunteers are not called by the LDS Church Missionary Department, although they may be called by local ecclesiastical leaders, or by the local coordinator.
  • Volunteers may take pre-approved time off from their assignments, and return to their homes or undertake other travel during the course of their service.
  • Volunteers have more flexibility in their length of service, whereas most service missionaries commit to 12, 18 or 24-month missions.
  • Volunteers are responsible for all of their own expenses, whereas the Church Missionary Department usually provides round-trip transportation for officially called service missionaries.
  • Like service missionaries, volunteers are also responsible for all of their living expenses and are not paid.
  • Some volunteers only serve a few hours a day

If you have particular skills you are willing to share, and you are interested in possibly becoming a "volunteer" at the Polynesian Cultural Center, contact John Muaina.

Word-of-Mouth Promotion

If you have enjoyed the Polynesian Cultural Center experience, please recommend us to your friends and relatives who might be planning a vacation to Hawai'i. Mahalo (thanks).

Additional information

  • Single women are eligible to become full-time service missionaries.
  • Single men cannot be called as service missionaries through the Church Missionary Department, but they can be called by local ecclesiastical leaders as "stake missionaries" or volunteers if they already live in the area.
  • Polynesian couples and single women are encouraged to apply.
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints publishes online information on worldwide volunteer service missionary opportunities, including those at the Polynesian Cultural Center, at http://lds.org/service/missionary-service?lang=eng. The online information also includes a list of estimated living expenses in each area of service.
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