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Laie News

      Other PCC, community news     PCC’s ’12 Days of Christmas’: From December 10-23, 2015, the Polynesian Cultural Center celebrated the season with it’s “12 Days of a Christmas” — a wonderful series of special activities designed to enhance the holidays for families, that included free holiday canoe rides, a live nativity, photos with Santa, a train ride, lots and lots of lights, free entertainment and more! We hope you will be able to join us for Christmas 2016.   PFHoF announces College Player of the Year: The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, which...
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2015 Aloha Spirit Award – Mat Loto...

    Delsa Moe, Vice President Cultural Presentations and Jimmy Mapu, Director Guest Services (far left) join President of the Polynesian Cultural Center, Alfred Grace (far right) in congratulating Mat Lotomau (center with lei) who won the Spirit of Aloha Award along with Mat’s parents and the tour guides.   PCC presents annual ‘Spirit of Aloha’ award In a special “team” meeting on November 4 in the Hawaiian Journey Theater, the Polynesian Cultural Center presented its 2014-2015 Spirit of Aloha Award to Mathew “Mat” Lotomau.   “With this award, we...
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Mele and Iosepa 2015

    Christmas is a special time on the islands. We not only celebrate the joy and magic of the season, we know how to have fun! As a special holiday gift, we have prepared our own Christmas tale. Iosepa is our brave, Fijiian warrior. He is mighty, he is strong, he is a risk taker!  Iosepa tends to think of himself as quite the handyman. Mele begs to differ.     Mele and Iosepa met on a beautiful moonlit night, right after he performed a traditional Fire Walk.  Somehow the combination of burnt up heels and that snaggle toothed grin of his won her heart,...
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Tongan Dish – Lupulu

        Make your own Tongan lūpulu at home   You don’t need to live on a tropical island or cook in an underground oven to make lūpulu, one of Tonga’s most favorite dishes for your own feast:     As Alamoti Taumoepeau explained in another article on Tongan feasting, lūpulu is a delicious combination of coconut cream; corned beef (the pulu part of the name, from the English word “bull”), seasoned to taste with onions, salt, maybe some tomatoes and other condiments; and soft, young taro leaves (the lū part of the name) layed out in an aluminum pan and...
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Tonga, the Friendly Islands

    Malo e lele! Welcome to the friendly islands of the Kingdom of Tonga.   There are about 171 islands in the three main island groups of Tongatapu, Ha’apai, and Vava’u. Tonga has the distinction of being the only island nation that was never formally colonized by a foreign power and it is the last remaining monarchy in Polynesia. Many years ago, Tonga was given the nickname of the friendly islands because of the welcoming and congenial attitude shown to visitors. Today, tourism is increasing in Tonga as people travel to spear fish, whale watch, and enjoy the...