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A Taste of Polynesia

  Pounders Restaurant now serves island plate meals As one of her first innovations, our new Pounders Restaurant manager has started showcasing one of our PCC islands during each Friday dinner time, starting with a Hawaiian plate — along with the proviso: “While supplies last.”       Losa Moors, who was recently promoted to head our new à la carte Pounders Restaurant in the Hukilau Marketplace, knows from long experience how popular Samoan and other island plate meals can be, especially among local people, so she suggests coming early. She also said Pounders will...
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2016 Polynesian Football Hall of Fame In...

  The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announces the Class of 2016 The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame (PFHoF), which partners with the Cultural Center on a permanent museum exhibit near the front entrance, announced its Class of 2016 on October 7. The new inductees are:       Charles Teetai Ane Jr. (Hawaiian, OL, USC; NFL, DET: 1953-1959): Born in Honolulu in 1931, passed away in 2007. Rockne Crowningburg Freitas (Hawaiian, OL, Oregon State; NFL, DET, 1968-1978): Freitas, who prepped at Kamehameha, owns a beach house in Laie Troy Polamalu (Samoan,...
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Training with the Heart and Soul of Poly...

Over the years the Polynesian Cultural Center has used various human resource training programs, many of them recognized around the world, but recently the PCC is taking a new tack — or more correctly, is turning to ancient Polynesian values to instill a PCC-specific spirit of excellence in all the people who work at this unique place.   Seamus Fitzgerald is the Director of Talent Management and has been challenged to develop our own program to “strengthen the organization so we can achieve our key objectives with excellence.” Fitzgerald — a Māori originally from Turangi,...
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Welcome to Fiji!

        “Bula Vinaka” and welcome to Fiji! This phrase means more than simple hello or greeting, and the speaker proclaims “good health” or “good life” to the hearer.    The approximate 330 inhabitable islands of Fiji are spread out over more than a million square kilometers of South Pacific ocean. This accounts for a greatly diverse culture that varies from island to island, as well as more than 30 distinct language dialects. The Fijian village in the Polynesian Cultural Center is typical of the Lau island group (located on the eastern edge of the...
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Meke, the Traditional Fijiian Dance

  When I first saw a Fijian dance at the Polynesian Cultural Center, I thought I would fall asleep. But each time I saw their performance, my appreciation grew for their songs, derua, and dances. I also grew to love the Fijian people. They are so giving, friendly, and take much pride in their culture.       Meke is the traditional style of dance, which is a combination of dance and story-telling through song. Both men and women perform in the meke, and the dance is viewed as a group collaboration in which men are expected to demonstrate strong, virile movements,...