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Dressing for Paradise

Planning your trip to paradise includes dressing the part too! Polynesia’s rich culture and history have inspired all aspects of life on the islands, especially fashion. As Hawaii’s number one paid attraction and cultural hotspot, The Polynesian Cultural Center and the adjoining Hukilau Marketplace are the perfect place to learn about the beautiful designs and styles that are deeply rooted in tradition and heritage. Today, the beautiful colors and ornamentation of the indigenous Polynesians live on in modern-day styles such as sundresses, jewelry, and most commonly...
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Hawaii 2019 Global Breadfruit Summit beg...

To Register for the 2019 Global Breadfruit Summit, CLICK HERE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PACIFIC BUSINESS CENTER PROGRAM HAWAII 2019 GLOBAL BREADFRUIT SUMMIT: THE ROAD TO DUBAI, 2020 WORLD EXPOSITION PACIFIC MICRO SOLUTIONS TO GLOBAL CHALLENGES OCTOBER 14-17, 2019   POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER & COURTYARD OAHU NORTH SHORE MARRIOTT VENUE ENGAGING WITH HUMILITY, EMBRACING WITH RESPECT AND SUSTAINING WITH ALOHA   DAY I OCTOBER 14 Opening exercises will be held in the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Pacific Theater 8:55 am WELCOMING OLI: led by KAHU DR. FRAN PALAMA...
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The Polynesian Cultural Center pays homa...

We pay tribute to the late William H. Cravens (1941-2019), who served as the on-site leader at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) from 1975 to 1983, and during that time became our first Polynesian president. A brief biography  President Cravens, or Bill as many around here called him, was born on July 7, 1941, in Vallejo, California (his other seven siblings were born in Honolulu), and died on September 2 in San Diego. His mother, Noanoa Soliai, was the daughter of Pinemua Soliai, a paramount chief in American Samoa. His father, Jack Cravens from Missouri, was a career...
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2019 Moanikeala Hula Festival – a ...

  People all over the world love Hawaiian hula dancing, and serious hula dancers have much respect for their kumu (teachers). Haumana or students join halau (schools) based on the styles, traditions and reputation of the kumu. In Hawaii, it’s common for some haumana to remain in the same halau for years, ranging from keiki (children) to kupuna (elders). Hula knowledge is traditionally passed down over years of rigorous training and performances. Kumu learned the same way from their kumu— who might be someone in their own family lines. Even if not, kumu often trace...
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Bobby Akoi, PCC’s host for kings and que...

Meet PCC’s ‘Mr. Aloha’ The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) has hosted thousands of VIPs since we opened in 1963 — kings, queens, presidents, diplomats, dignitaries, movie stars, sports celebrities, church and government leaders, business executives, military leaders and many more. And we’ve been very fortunate over the past approximately 20 of those years to have had the perfect “Mr. Aloha” greet and escort those guests — Robert “Bobby” Akoi, one of our most senior employees who “graduated” from the Polynesian Cultural Center on July 12, 2019 when he retired after...
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29th Annual Moanikeala coming Sept. 2-7,...

Come join us September 3 – 7, 2019 for the 29th Annual Moanikeala Hula Festival. Enjoy a week-long celebration, to perpetuate Hawaii’s Culture, Language, Art, and Practices through workshops, concerts and activities dedicated to the memory of Aunty Sally Moanikeala Woods.   2019 brings expansion to the Moanikeala 2019 is the beginning of a new format, which continues the grand tradition of the Moanikeala event, bringing the highest caliber of hula performance to the stage. The extended week-long festivities include daily hula, ukulele and Nihau shell lei...
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Why Mauna Kea protectors are supported b...

Many of our visitors wonder what the Ku Kia’i Mauna demonstrations on Mauna Kea are about and what the Polynesian Cultural Center’s position is on this issue. President and CEO Alfred Grace met with PCC employees on July 25, 2019, in the Hawaiian Journey Theater to explain why the Center is supporting Hawaiians who are currently and peacefully demonstrating near the summit of Mauna Kea against building a new 30-meter astronomical telescope there. Because of the significance of this issue, the Center’s Ha: Breath of Life (night show) cast members share a brief...
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5 ways to keep cool at the Polynesian Cu...

We’ve all been there – running for the shade and trying to avoid the endless summer heat while vacationing, struggling to enjoy the sights while steering clear of the sun’s piercing rays. However, there’s no reason to let the high temperatures stop you from making the most of your visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) and the opportunity to explore the rich heritage of the Pacific Islands. Here are five tips to beat the heat while on your trip to one of Hawai’i’s most popular attractions:   1. Dress to the Nines (and for 90 °F weather)    ...