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2014 November Hukilau Marketplace Update

    Update on PCC’s Hukilau Marketplace, nearby hotel   As indicated in the October issue of the Polynesian Cultural Center e-Newsletter, Kealii Haverly, Director of In-Center Marketing, continues to report that several stores in the PCCs new Hukilau Marketplace — which is under construction on the makai (oceanward) side of the Pacific Theater — will open this month…  “…if we receive our occupancy permits in time.” Otherwise, he said, those shops will open as soon as we get the permits.     Haverly said the PCC still plans to hold a grand opening...
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2014 Christmas Lagoon

    Enjoy Christmas canoe rides again at the Polynesian Cultural Center   Once again, visitors can experience our “Christmas in Polynesia” on select evenings in December with seasonal canoe rides and other performances that are especially designed as wholesome family entertainment.     The details: • The canoe rides will run on December 12-13, 15, 17, 19-20, and 22-23. • The rides on those evenings start at 6:45 p.m. and will run until all the ticket holders are accommodated each night. (Please note, however, the PCC Box Office closes at 8 p.m.) •...
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A Noble Heritage: Tonga

    Mālō e Lelei, the Tongans say in greeting, as we focus on their village and activities in our November 2014 e-newsletter. Tongan culture is still very much alive, not only here at the Polynesian Cultural Center, but back home in the South Pacific and among our people who have emulated their seafaring ancestors by migrating to Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and various parts of the mainland U.S. in more recent years. You’ll find a disproportionate number of them also represented on college and professional football teams, as well as in Australian football...
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Roasting Turkey, Polynesian Style!

    Last week I introduced how much turkey is loved here on the islands.  This week I would like to showcase how that plays out during Thanksgiving. Roast turkey is very fine, indeed.  But a turkey baked in an Imu (an in-ground pit) is a delicacy not to be missed.  Unfortunately, most of us do not have the means nor the expertise to dig a hole in the backyard to smoke our turkey in  for hours at a time. In my attempt to bring the islands to my Thanksgiving meal, I have personally experienced how “not” to smoke a turkey.  It’s quite the tale,...
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A Tongan Wedding: Courtship and Marriage...

    By Polynesian Cultural Blogger Bobby Akoi, Jr.    One of my favorite times of the year is celebrating a wedding of a couple.  I’ve been to almost every ethnic wedding you can think of and had the awesome privilege of marrying some of them.  But I can honestly say that there is no wedding like a Polynesian wedding.  I can tell you it ain’t no piece of cake or cookie.     Tongan weddings and receptions have always intrigued me.  The families seem to put all their eggs in one wedding. It’s normal to have between 5-15 people in the wedding line,...