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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...