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May 2015 Laie Community Update

  In other PCC and related news We share several additional noteworthy items with you:   •     New president to lead BYU-Hawaii:    John S. Tanner, an English professor and former academic vice president of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, has been named as the tenth president of BYU-Hawaii, effective July 27, 2015. He succeeds President Steven L. Wheelwright, who has served in that position for the past eight years.   Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and chairman of the...
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Share a Seat with Laie’s Own Joseph Keku...

    Remember how we recently talked about the PCC putting up a statue of Hamana Kalili in the new Hukilau Marketplace in our March 2015 eNewsletter? You know, the Hawaiian man from Laie who originated what the world now knows as the shaka.   Well, the Cultural Center paid tribute this month to another Hawaiian from Laie when it installed a statue of Joseph Kekuku (1874-1932), the “father” of the Hawaiian steel guitar.                   When the young man started performing professionally with his amazing steel guitar, he shortened his beautiful, long Hawaiian...
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“We Are Samoa” High School C...

        The PCC has also been staging a traditional Samoan cultural arts and practices festival — featuring Samoan and interested high school students from across Oahu — as an important part of the World Fire Knife Championships . . . and to show just how popular this year’s May 9th festival was, the 2,700-seat Pacific Theater venue sold out a week in advance of the event.   For those who couldn’t make it, however, the Center shared a live-stream Internet broadcast of the event.   Pictures, video clips and other coverage are also available on the PCC’s...
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2015 World Fire Knife Championship Heats...

      For the past 23 years the Polynesian Cultural Center has brought together many of the finest, most exciting Samoan knife dancers in the world — and please note, not all of them are ethnic Samoans — to compete for the title of World Fire Knife Champion.     Over approximately the past 10 years, three of those young men have repeatedly reached the finals, including this year on May 9 during the middle of the PCC’s world-famous evening show, Hā: Breath of Life:   Joseph Cadousteau of Papeete, Tahiti, 2015 champion: Cadoustaeu, who performs regularly at...
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Men Do All the Cooking?

        Up and until the time I entered college, I had no idea that men do all the cooking anywhere.  Certainly not in my home, though my dad was a good cook himself.  Unfortunately, his genes never got passed down to me.  It wasn’t until I started working at the Polynesian Cultural Center that I heard that men do all the cooking in the Islands of Samoa. I was so surprised!  First, I thought it was funny.  Then I thought it was really cool.   Traditionally, the building of the umu (underground oven) and the cooking of food were prepared and done by the...