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August News Around Laie

        News in-and-around the PCC   Hukilau Marketplace, Laie Courtyard hotel dedication ceremonies: A General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially dedicated the Polynesian Cultural Center’s new Hukilau Marketplace on August 29, 2015.   “We held a ‘grand opening’ this past February 20, to introduce the Marketplace to the community and guests, and also to honor the families of those kūpuna [elders] whose names, stories and memories are included in the Marketplace design and concepts,” explained Kealii Haverly, PCC...
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Pounders Restaurant New General Manager

          Meet Pounders Restaurant’s new GM Meet David Nagaishi, a 40-year-plus veteran of Hawaii’s restaurant industry, who the Polynesian Cultural Center recently appointed as general manager of our new Pounders Restaurant in the Hukilau Marketplace. Nagaishi, who is from Honolulu, most recently worked at the Shore Bird and Ocean House Restaurants in the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel for 12 of those years. Among other establishments, he also worked at Nick’s Fish Market and opened the Mariposa Restaurant at Niemen Marcus in Ala Moana Center.   “I...
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Tita’s Grill brings local ‘grindz’ to Hu...

              Starting with a free breakfast for those Polynesian Cultural Center ohana or family members who were working the morning of August 10, one of Laie’s premier Samoan-Hawaiian families opened Tita’s Grill in the Hukilau Markeplace roulotte or food truck court.   Laie football and sports legend Junior Ah You, his beautiful wife Almira, and their extended family view their newest location at the PCC as an extension not only of their restaurant across from nearby Kahuku High, where Junior started his illustrious sports career, but...
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Senior Service Missionary Returns to PCC...

        In our July PCC e-newsletter we introduced some of you to a few of the Latter-day Saint “labor missionaries” who built the Polynesian Cultural Center. In this issue we introduce you to one of our current senior service missionaries who first came to the Cultural Center as a teenage boy in 1965.   Elder Alan Glaus  and his wife, Sister Michele Glaus, retired in May and recently left their home in Phoenix, Arizona, to voluntarily serve at the PCC for the next 18 months. They are two of approximately 30 senior missionaries currently serving at the...
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North Shore of Oahu: Hawaii’s Unspoiled ...

        North Shore of Oahu: Hawaii’s Unspoiled Paradise   By Joe Kukura            There’s one surefire way to make sure your Hawaiian vacation isn’t so touristy—go where the tourists aren’t. You can still find an unspoiled tropical paradise which offers beauty and nature beyond your mainlander comprehension by going off the beaten path and heading to the less developed, more authentic side of Hawaii. Simply head to the North Shore of Oahu, where the pristine beaches, tropical hiking trails and authentic, down-home Hawaiian food will truly put you in...
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In New Zealand We Swing It!

          In Hawaii, we eat the “POI”. In New Zealand, they swing it! “POI” is the Maori word for “ball” on a cord. Many years ago the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand used it to increase their flexibility and strength in their hands and arms as well as improving coordination. Today, the women dancers perform the Maori poi, a dance performed with balls attached to flax strings, swung rhythmically. Men used it for strength and coordination. Yes, the poi was also used as a weapon during a battle.     I love the grace of the...
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New Zealand Knows Their Fish n’ Ch...

        According to  Teara, The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, “…the staple takeaway meal in New Zealand, fish and chips, has been popular for decades. The fish is usually elephant fish, blue warehou, red cod, or shark species. They are sold generically as ‘fish’ on the menu. Many shops also offer other species such as blue cod, and these fillets command a premium.”    Anyone one who has discovered the beauty of this dish can tell you it’s good – but for those from New Zealand, it’s more than just a great plate of...