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Potato Salad: Hawaiianized

    The weather here in Hawaii has been hot recently, humid and muggy, the kind of weather that makes you inclined to seek out buildings with some good air conditioning. In such circumstances, eating warm or hot foods only serves to intensify the heat of the day and make one less comfortable than he or she might like. Thus, today, I want to introduce you to a dish that can be eaten cold, a dish that will simultaneously refresh and satisfy those who eat it. The dish? Potato Salad. I know, I know, you know how to make potato salad. You’ve probably done it a...
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Sharing Our Love of Kulolo

      By Guest Food Blogger, Nina S. Jones Since my husband and I first arrived on the island three months ago, we have discovered a number of Polynesian food treats that we had not experienced before. Poke, in all its variety; Poi, which can be surprising delicious, but only if it’s made correctly; and most famous of all, authentic pit roasted pig! Because we volunteer at the Polynesian Cultural Center, we have had the pleasure of eating at the various dining venues on a number of occasions. We have many favorite dishes, but we both agree, our favorite is...
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Eric Rush: Rugby Legend Visits the Polyn...

    PCC welcomes rugby sevens legend: It’s safe to say that people around Laie, Hawaii — home of the Polynesian Cultural Center — are football-crazy, what with the nearby Kahuku High School being a perennial powerhouse, having won numerous Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) and state football championships…   …but for now-local Polynesians whose origins go back to Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand, rugby still reigns. So, it was with particular pleasure that the PCC recently hosted a former New Zealand All Black and worldwide Rugby Sevens...
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Polynesian Football Hall Fame:Class of 2...

    Polynesian Football Hall of Fame inducts Class of 2015   The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, which has partnered with the Polynesian Cultural Center as the site of a new permanent display, recently announced its 2015 inductees.   The 2015 PFHF inductees are:   • Luther John Elliss (Samoan), DT for the University of Utah who played nine seasons for the Detroit Lions (including two Pro Bowls) and one for the Denver Broncos.   • Manase Jesse Sapolu (Samoan), played O-line for the University of Hawaii, then 15 seasons for the San Francisco 49ers. He is one of...
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Hukilau Marketplace Nearing Completion!

    Update on PCC’s Hukilau Marketplace, nearby hotel   The PCC’s new Hukilau Marketplace is on schedule for a soft opening next month, and a grand opening early next year (as shown in the recent aerial photo by PCC senior volunteer Jack Baxter):      “We’re on schedule to open a few stores by the end of November,” said Kealii Haverly, PCC Director of In-Center Marketing, “while the rest of our new Marketplace will open in January 2015.” “We’ re very happy with the progress of the construction, and we have basically finalized agreements with all our new...
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Fiji Day at the Polynesian Cultural Cent...

      October 10th was Fiji Day, which commemorates both the day in 1874 when traditional Fijian chiefs ceded their islands to Great Britain and also the same day in 1970 when Fiji regained its independence from British colonial rule.   Like many islanders, Fijians know how to have a good time, and back home the week preceding this national holiday actually becomes Fiji Week, featuring festivities, religious activities and various cultural celebrations that recognize modern Fiji’s cosmopolitan make-up. Fijians everywhere else in the world hold local...
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Teri-yummy!

    Have you ever tried making Teriyaki Chicken or Teriyaki Beef only to find out that there’s a lot more to making quality teriyaki than simply adding some store-bought teriyaki sauce to some cooked meat? I certainly have.   As I’ve said before, about a year and a half ago I got back to the U.S. after living in Japan for two years. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Japanese food is amazing. One of the things I tried making after I got back was Teriyaki Chicken, but I was disappointed in my efforts. No matter how I cooked the...
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Upside Down with A Cherry On Top!

    Aloha! It’s that time of the week again. Are you ready for a tasty treat? I certainly hope so, because I’ve got a great one for you today, and it involves a delicious, sweet and tangy fruit. While there are several tropical fruits that grow in the Polynesian islands, the two most commonly associated with the tropical climate of these islands are the coconut and the pineapple. In previous recipes, I’ve already shared a number of dishes that contain coconut or coconut milk. My favorite was haupia. Today, however, I’ll be introducing a...
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Making Mahimahi Your Favorite Fish

    Last week, I talked about sashimi, sushi, and the Hawaiian favorite: poke. While I love each of these dishes, I’ll be honest and say that, as far as cooked fish goes, I generally prefer a nice piece of grilled chicken or steak to a cooked filet of fish. A rare exception to that rule, however, is the dish I want to introduce to you today: baked Mahi-mahi.     Mahi-mahi is a saltwater fish that can be found all over the world. It typically lives in the warm and tropical waters of places like the Caribbean, but it is strongly associated with the...
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Island Specialty — Poke

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   Do you like sushi? What about sashimi? These are two of the best known Japanese dishes around the world, and for good reason: they taste delicious. I lived in Japan for two years as a missionary for my church, and let me tell you, the Japanese eat well. There was rarely a time that some good sushi or sashimi with rice couldn’t make a good day even better; you just can’t help but feel satisfied after eating a few (or several) quality pieces! But wait! Isn’t this a blog for...