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2016 Launch of the Iosepa & other n...

  Update on the sailing canoe Iosepa:   The Iosepa launches from Hukilau Beach on June 15, 2016. Photo by Mark Holladay Lee   The BYU–Hawaii/Polynesian Cultural Center 57-foot, single-masted wa’a kaulua or twin-hulled traditional Hawaiian sailing canoe Iosepa — which is normally berthed in the PCC’s Hawaiian Village — launched from Hukilau Beach in Laie on June 15.   Early plans called for Hawaiian Studies students and others to gain experience sailing along Windward Oahu, maybe circumnavigating the island, and possibly even sailing to the Big Island; but...
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PCC/BYUH Alumnus Returns

  PCC/BYUH alumnus returns with royal party   The royal entourage who accompanied the king and queen of Tonga’s attendance at the grand reopening of the Polynesian Cultural Center’s recently renovated Tongan Village, included a 1994 PCC and BYU–Hawaii alumnus who now serves the Friendly Islands kingdom in a ministerial or cabinet-level position:   The Hon. Semisi Sika, Tonga’s Minister of Infrasturcture and Tourism   His Majesty King Tupou VI appointed the Hon. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika, 48, of Haveloto, Tongatapu, to the portfolio of Tonga’s Ministry of...
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Visit from the King and Queen of Tonga

    Day 1: A royal welcome for the king and queen of Tonga   In keeping with island traditions, the Polynesian Cultural Center always planned to hold a “grand reopening” celebration for its recently renovated Tongan Village on June 11, 2016; but then the king and queen of Tonga — His Majesty King Tupou VI, King of Tonga, and his wife, Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau’u — accepted an invitation to attend the event, and customary Polynesian protocol rose to much higher levels.   Upon arriving at the PCC gate near the Hamana Kalili statue the afternoon of June 10,...
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News Around the PCC for June, 2016

  TONGAN VILLAGE GRAND OPENING: The Polynesian Cultural Center will celebrate the grand re-opening of its newly renovated Tongan Village during special ceremonies on Saturday, June 11, 2016. It is anticipated that the King and Queen of Tonga will be in attendance.       Tongan royalty have had an association with the Cultural Center since before it opened in October 1963: Approximately 55 years ago Her Majesty the late Queen Salote — who endeared herself to millions around the world during the televised coronation of the U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth II — authorized...
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Role as Mana Inspires PCC Performer

  Tane Falevai —  the handsome and multi-talented Tongan who for the past four years has been playing the main character of Mana in the Polynesian Cultural Center’s world-famous evening production, Hā: Breath of Life — said the role inspires him in real life to be a better person as well as a new husband and eventually father of his own family.   The Hā storyline traces Mana’s life from birth, early development, romance, marriage, the death of his father and the birth of his own baby in a variety of Polynesian settings. For example, as a boy Mana is called upon to...