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Coconut Oil Helps Olympian to Shine Brig...

Pita Nikolas Taufatofua of Tonga became famous this last week. Yes, he is a gifted Taekwondo competitor, but his fame came his desire to honor his culture while representing his nation in the opening exercises of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The world wanted to know, “who is that shiny man, and why?”     Pita is 32 years old. He is single and he actually lives in Australia. But his father is Tongan, and is honored to be on the Tongan Olympic team   The answer to “why” he was oiled is both simple and heartfelt. It is a part of Tongan culture to present oneself as well as...
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PCC Digital Commerce

  PCC e-commerce reaches out   Like millions of companies around the world, the Polynesian Cultural Center continues to expand its global reach by relying on the internet to convey information and complete sales.   “The entire market is moving to online,” said Jeff Dunn, head of the PCC’s digital commerce and online marketing team, a small group with only four fulltime members. “Any company that wants to have a footprint in the market place needs to have an online presence. It keeps us top-of-mind for customers who wants an activity when they come to Oahu....
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Teaching Hawaiian

  Meet Nā’auao: Hawaiian language teacher, composer, chanter   “I’ve always been interested in the Hawaiian language. I heard it growing up and knew vocabulary, but I didn’t really speak it. My grandfather, my dad’s dad, was a native speaker, but he passed away when I was a baby,” said Terry Nā’auao Pane’e, PCC assistant Hawaiian Village manager.   But that was years ago. After graduating from Kamehameha School in 1980, Pane’e attended BYU–Hawaii, began working at the Polynesian Cultural Center and also began his serious studies of the Hawaiian language: He took...
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The King’s Chauffeur

  PCC chauffeur to the king and queen of Tonga   “When I was called to the Administration office, I thought I was in trouble,” said Livingston Pita Unga, a half-Tongan-Samoan man who normally oversees the PCC Warehouse.    Instead, Unga was asked to chauffeur their majesties King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u of Tonga from Waikiki on June 10, remain as their driver throughout their stay in Laie, and return them to Waikiki on June 11. The king and queen were the honored guests for the blessing and grand opening of the newly renovated Tongan Village. (Visit from...
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Honoring Our Kupuna & other PCC New...

    Other PCC and related news   PCC adds extra luau seating to meet summer demand: During peak seasons — summertime and the year-end holidays, the Polynesian Cultural Center’s fabulous Alii Luau is so popular that we normally run three seatings simultaneously in three different venues . . .   … but this summer the demand has been even higher, so after having to turn away too many people who wanted to enjoy the Alii Luau experience, PCC Vice President of Marketing Raymond Magalei said the PCC team came together on short order to work out the already complex...