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2016 January News

    Other PCC, community news   PFHoF players at PCC: The Polynesian Cultural Center welcomed its Class of 2016 inductees into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame during special induction ceremonies on Saturday, January 30 with:   Greetings at the PFHoF gallery near the PCC’s front entrance at 10:30 a.m. An enshrinement ceremony reception in The Gateway at 11 a.m. The enshrinement ceremony in the Hawaiian Journey Theater at 12 noon. An autograph session outside the theater at 1:30 p.m. A special inductee canoe parade at 2 p.m.   The player inductees are:...
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Hawaiian Slack-key Guitar

    Listen up for slack key in the Hawaiian Village   The popularity of Hawaiian music and instruments such as the steel guitar and ukuleles has spread around the world; and so, rightfully, part of the PCC’s cultural presentation in the village focuses on Hawaiian music broadly; and in a smaller slice of that part, if you’re really lucky, you might get the chance to hear Kaipo Manoa play what the Hawaiians call kī ho’alu — slack-key guitar. He’s really good!   Manoa, our PCC Hawaiian Village “chief” who’s originally from Nanakuli, Oahu, grew up listening to...
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Pounding Poi

    Poi pounding flavors our hula event   The PCC’s Hawaiian Village routinely offers visitors the opportunity to sample poi, or even try their hand at pounding boiled taro into the famous Hawaiian staple food; but during the 26th annual Moanikeala festival this year a Hawaiian man who virtually grew up in the village shared a special poi pounding opportunity.   As a young boy, Lono Logan was featured in thousands of early PCC pictures when his grandparents, Jubilee and Eugenia Logan, served as the first leaders in the village. “I was looked after by...
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26th Moanikeala Hula Festival

    PCC puts on 26th annual Moanikeala Hula Festival   Following a brief Hawaiian flag-raising ceremony, village “chief” Kaipo Manoa explained the festival honors the PCC’s original kumu hula, Aunty Sally Moanikeala Wood Naluai.   “I was really surprised at the spirit of Aunty Sally that was here. I think there were some things that were done spontaneously because everyone could feel her spirit here,” he said. “For example, I liked the way Aunty Joanie just started dancing. That was a once-in-a-lifetime treat.”   The Polynesian Cultural Center...