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Laie News September 2015

    Laie continues to celebrate its sesquicentennial: In our July e-Newsletter, we mentioned that Laie is celebrating its Latter-day Saint sesquicentennial this year (1865-2015):   It’s been 150 years since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints purchased Laie Plantation, which is now home of the Laie Hawaii Temple (1919), Brigham Young University Hawaii (started as Church College of Hawaii in 1955, and renamed BYUH in 1974), and the Polynesian Cultural Center (1963).   The celebration kicks into high gear as we approach October and November, with the...
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Polynesian Football Hall of Fame

      Polynesian Football Hall of Fame    The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, which partners with the Polynesian Cultural Center in showcasing the organization’s permanent exhibit gallery near our front entrance, announced its roster of 25 finalists who will be on the ballot for induction into the PFHF Class of 2016. The 20 player finalists — including four with strong Laie and/or Kahuku High ties — in alphabetical order are:     Junior Ah You (DE) Arizona State; Pro: 12 years, CFL & USFL; Samoan Bob Apisa (FB/HB) Michigan State; Pro: NFL...
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Coconut Tree Climbing – Samoan Style!

    * Editor’s Note: Before trying this exercise, we suggest you be in the best physical shape possible, be of Polynesian descent and if necessary, have a physical check-up (just kidding, well maybe not because this skill is dangerous!).   Recently my wife called a Samoan young man to come over to my home to cut the coconuts off our two tall trees fronting our yard.       Hanging coconuts can get dangerous, especially on windy days when the coconut falls and nearly misses the kids.  We decided to be proactive and have them removed. Watching this young man...
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No Walls, No Problem: Life In a Samoan V...

    Talofa! Welcome to the Nu’u. This is where the “Happy People” of Samoa work, live, and celebrate. A courtyard is surrounded by high, domed structures favored by Samoans. Heavy tropical rain runs easily off the durable sugarcane roofs supported by tall posts. Each building is lashed together without any nails, compliments of savvy Samoan craftsmanship. A good roofing job can last 15 years!   You might ask yourself a question: How can such skilled builders forget to add walls on the house? Truth is, they have a good reason to leave them out. Take the dense...
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Palusami: A Samoan Staple

    Photo courtesty of Boschen American Samoa   Making palusami (PAW-loo-SAW-mee) is the man’s job in Samoa as is most of the traditional cooking. Anything that goes into the umu (oo-moo), a type of above-ground oven that uses red hot lava rocks to cook the food, is handled by the men. Palusami is one of the most delicious parts of any traditional Samoan meal.   Made simply from taro leaves and coconut milk it is best paired with umu-baked taro. However, many add onions, lemon juice and seasoning to the coconut milk. It all depends on your...