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Polynesian Football Hall of Fame

    Polynesian Football Hall of Fame opens at PCC   Dedication of the new Polynesian Football Hall of Fame   Class of 2015 Polynesian Football Hall of Fame inductees, family representatives, current Heisman Trophy winner and 2015 Polynesian College Player of the Year Marcus Mariota, and hundreds of fans attended the grand opening of the organization’s permanent exhibit gallery — followed by a special luncheon and enshrinement ceremony — at the Polynesian Cultural Center on January 24.  Four of the 2015 inductees attended: Luther Ellis, Jesse Sapolu, Ray...
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Enjoy Laie Style Entertainment

        …and still more at the PCC’s new Hukilau Marketplace   PCC’s Hukilau Marketplace is also a great place just to relax and enjoy the old Laie charm. There will often be free entertainment at the Gazebo, several historical statues, even a few of what people in the industry call “gags” — something you’ll find to be fun.   For instance:    A heroic-proportioned statue of the late Hamana Kalili (1882–1958) marks one end of the Marketplace. Kalili, a large, powerful Hawaiian fisherman, originated what is now called the “shaka” sign when he lost...
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A whole lotta local vendors

    Other vendors offer unique products at PCC marketplace   And if you’re looking for something unusual, several of our vendors offer unique products and/or services, including:   Amusement Ink Kiosk airbrushes tattoos with non-toxic paint that dry instantly, are waterproof and long-lasting. They also offer face painting, and beautiful leather and stamped brass bracelets.   Basin, a classy bath and beauty products shop that has been highly successful at Disneyworld and in Las Vegas, has worked with noted Big Island designer Sig Zane to create a beautiful...
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Authentic Local Food

    Local vendors also serve up a delicious range of ono eats   If you’re ono (hungry) for a snack or something more casual to eat, our PCC In-Center marketing team has together an amazing variety of possibilities, many of them with roots on the North Shore. You’re going to want to come back to try them all.       Where to start? It’s a good question, because the new Hukilau Marketplace offers an amazing line-up of eating options. For example, we’ve introduced the French Polynesian concept of roulottes or food trucks — three of them: • The...
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Pounders Restaurant

    PCC’s Pounders restaurant redefines dining in Laie   Pounders, our Hukilau Marketplace restaurant named after a nearby bodysurfing beach, brings a whole new level of dining to Laie, one that’s totally different from our more traditional luau and buffet meals. Pounder’s serves familiar foods with a Pacific twist for lunch and dinner, including:   • Fresh fish, chicken, beef, delicious salads and even hand-made fresh pasta. • Daily farm-to-table fresh specials. • Hawaiian pizzas baked in a wood-fired brick oven imported from Napoli.   Consider...
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Hukilau Marketplace Shopping

    Hukilau Marketplace offers unique shopping opportunities   Our designers and PCC team have assembled a fantastic variety of shops, kiosks and local, independent vendors that provide a spectrum of retail gift items, souvenirs, and regional products not readily available anywhere else — all encompassed in a beautiful new setting. The retro theme of old Laie runs through the plaza and is reflected in the design of the facilities and signage. The Hukilau Marketplace combines a delightful mix of PCC gift shops and independent vendors — most of them from the...
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The Awe of the Haka

       Email Sign Up   Story by Polynesian Cultural Blogger, Bobby Akoi, Jr I was in high school when I first witnessed my first haka in Hilo put on by a dance troupe from New Zealand. The first thing that came out of my mouth was, “WOW”.  It was so powerful it gave me goose bumps all over my whole body. It was an emotional moment that left me in tears.   Literally and physically,  I was struck in AWE !      Since working at the Polynesian Cultural Center, I’ve come to respect and honor this ancient Maori war dance or challenge (if you will) from our Maori...