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How Four Small-Town Oahu Natives Went on...

      How Four Small-Town Oahu Natives Went on to Change the World By Joe Kukura   The quiet, little town of Laie sits on the northern shores of Oahu, far from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. With only about a dozen roads, Laie has traditionally been a classic example of small-town Hawaii. But a few great historical figures have emerged from this tiny town, putting their permanent fingerprints on Hawaiian culture and creating pop culture influences that are recognized and adopted all over the world.   You may not know these people by name, but you are...
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Explore Authentic Polynesian Food in Haw...

        Take a Bite From the Past: Explore Authentic Polynesian Food in Hawaii   By Whitney Butler     There are few food scenes as prolific and fascinating as that of the Polynesian islands. The term “melting pot” aptly describes Hawaii’s culinary history, with a rich legacy of explorers and Polynesian settlers mixing with immigrants from around the globe—and their traditional cuisines.   An authentic Polynesian experience in Hawaii can’t be separated from the foods that reflect this melding of cultures and flavors. Don’t miss a chance to sample...
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Polynesian Football Hall of Fame

      Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Opens in Oahu By Joe Kukura                                                                                                                                                     The world is discovering what Polynesians already know—that Samoans, Tongans, Fijians and Hawaiians are some of the finest football players in the world. There are more than 60 Polynesian players in the NFL these days, with more arriving each year. The quiet legacy of Polynesian football players is proudly acknowledged at the Polynesian...
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Guests enjoy July 4th at Hukilau Marketp...

        Guests filled the Polynesian Cultural Center’s new Hukilau Marketplace on July 4th to add a bit of extra island fun to this quintessential U.S. holiday. Features included a hot dog eating contest, a watermelon eating contest, barbecue cook-off contest, a side-walk sale, an evening concert under the gazebo by B.E.T.   Here are some moments from this exciting holiday event:       Javier didn’t just win the watermelon eating contest, he dominated the hot dog eating contest too!!       And we can’t forget our Keiki Watermelon Eating...
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What’s Happening in Laie in July?

        Polynesian Cultural Center and Laie Community News   Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announces new category               The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, which has partnered with the Polynesian Cultural Center in showcasing the organization’s permanent exhibit gallery near the front entrance, announced on July 14, 2015, the establishment of Polynesian Pro Football Player of the Year Award, presented by Hawaiian Airlines.   Starting with an inductee reception and celebration dinner in the Hawaii Convention Center on Friday, January 29,...
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Laie Days Celebration

        Laie Days “fireside” honors PCC “labor missionaries”   Young Mormon missionaries are widely recognized around the world, but some of you may be less familiar with a unique group of Mormon missionaries who began serving about 70 years ago, originally in Tonga and Samoa. We call them “labor missionaries,” because many of these young men (and also sometimes women) basically came from the villages as volunteers, were taught building trades by experienced leaders, and went on to erect hundreds of chapels, schools, other buildings and even a temple...
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Maori Village brings Te Manahua back to ...

      First, some PCC “special event” history: In the early decades of the Polynesian Cultural Center each village celebrated at least one “culture day” every year — sometimes more, if a very special visitor came. Some of these reflected national and/or traditional holidays, while others were simply enhanced extensions of regular daily activities but they also included compatriots and family members from the community and back in the islands, special decorations and performances, as well as invited guests, officials and VIPs.     A little over 20 years ago we morphed most...
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Mark Wiens How To Cook a Pig

      Mark Wiens continues his adventure in Polynesian Foods at the Polynesian Cultural Center with a close look at how to cook a pig in an imu, a Polynesian oven that uses banana leaves and hot rocks, among other things, to cook a very succulent pig.   Click on the image to start the video.       Visit Mark’s migrationology.com blog for more details on Polynesian Cultural Center Luau: How to Cook A Pig in a Imu.         Enjoy!   Images courtesy of Mark Wiens at Migrationology.com...
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Tahitian Black Pearls

        I don’t know if many of you out there are into Tahitian black pearls.  But I am.  Not for me, of course.  I don’t wear them, though I know of men that do wear them.  I love buying them for my wife, mothers, sisters, daughters and daughter-in-laws.  My wife actually has a couple of black pearl earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelet.         I’ve been intrigued with the beauty of the black pearl for many years and how it sits on a person’s skin.  My favorites are the greenish-bluish ones.  Colors vary from silver gray to blueish-black, and some with...
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Mark Wiens Food Tour at the Polynesian C...

    This week for our Eat Polynesia! post we have a special treat. Mark Wiens, who in his words, is a blogger, travel author, but mostly just a food lover visited us earlier this year. Here is a look at his adventure in Polynesian Foods at the Polynesian Cultural Center.   Here’s Mark enjoying our very own Fijian Curry. The big question is did he like it? What do you think?   Click on the image to start the video.       Mark  travels the world filming his food adventures. The Taste of Polynesia tour gave Mark a chance to try food from all over...