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Laie Community Update

      Laie Community Updates   New Laie hotel: Work continues on the new Laie Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, with an official opening date still listed as “mid-summer” this year. Meanwhile, Lodging Dynamics, the new hotel’s managing partner, recently announced its executive team — almost all of them PCC alumni — for the Laie property:   David Betham of Laie, General Manager, was named several months ago. The BYU-Hawaii graduate has 30 years of hotel operations and finance experience, and is a former PCC Reservations manager. Micah Casey of Hauula,...
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Sesquicentennial

    Laie sesquicentennial celebration: In early 1865 — 150 years ago — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints purchased the two ahupuaa [traditional Hawaiian land divisions] of Laie, and established the small community as a Mormon plantation, headquarters and gathering place.   Over the years since our town has become the home of the Laie Hawaii Temple (opened in 1919), the world-famous Hukilau tourist attraction (which ran from 1948-1971), BYU-Hawaii — which started as the Church College of Hawaii in 1955, and changed its name in 1974), and of course...
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Polynesian Cultural Center Affiliate Pro...

    PCC Launches E-Commerce Affiliate Program   Within days, if it’s not already up on the Internet, the Polynesian Cultural Center will launch it’s new, first-ever e-commerce affiliate program that will enable participating website publishers to earn PCC commissions.   As with similar programs, Internet website affiliates display and promote links to PCC websites and, if a customer clicking through one of those links makes a purchase, the affiliate earns a commission on the sale.    We’re pushing both polynesia.com — our main website, and...
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Hukilau Marketplace Ono Yo

    Ono Yo, For a Treat With Extra ‘Kick’   PCC’S new Hukilau Marketplace offers a wide variety of shopping and eating experiences. So, from time to time, we’ll review some of your options . . . starting with the Ono Yo Naturally Simple Frozen Yogurt stand in this issue.   Ono Yo had already started to build a tourist following at their location in nearby Kahuku when they opened their stand in the Marketplace in March. Ono Yo features a Greek yogurt base, which has a little extra kick over other yogurts, in plain and pineapple, or a mix of the two, served in...
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2015 World Fireknife Championship

      Mark Your Calendars: Samoan Fireknife Championships, Festival     The Polynesian Cultural Center will stage the 23rd annual We Are Samoa World Fireknife Championships…   May 7, 2015 (Thursday), 7 p.m. in the Hale Aloha: junior (ages 6-11), intermediate (12-17) and senior division preliminary rounds.   May 8, 2015 (Friday), 7 p.m. in the Hale Aloha: junior (ages 6-11), intermediate (12-17) division finals; and the senior division semi-finals round.   May 9, 2015 (Saturday), 7:30 p.m. in the Pacific Theater: The three senior finalists will...
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Polynesian Cultural Center New Alii Luau

      Check out our “New” Alii Luau   “It is still the Alii Luau. We haven’t changed the name,” said PCC Islands Director Steve Laulu, who also oversees the luau.   “We want our guests to understand that we continue to honor Hawaii, our host islands — and not just with traditional Hawaiian food:   Starting last January 17, the ali’i or chief began inviting some of the other islands to celebrate during the feast.”   Laulu, who was most recently Samoan Islands manager, explained on the entertainment side the Alii Luau now includes...
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Fire Walkers are HOT!!!

      www.expeditions.com   In 1996, the firewalkers from Fiji were invited to perform and share the art of walking on fire at the Polynesian Cultural Center. For many of us it was our first time witnessing the legendary fire walk. There was a lot of excitement and buzz throughout the community and many around the island were privileged to witness it.   I have to admit that I thought that there must be some type of trick they used not to get burnt. How could any human body withstand the heat and come out unscathed and no apparent sensation of pain? From a...