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Tongan Funerals and Weddings: Strength a...

  As explained on the official website of the Kingdom of Tonga….”family is the central unit of Tongan life.”   “Tongan society is guided by four core values, all of which combine to ensure a generous and genuine welcome to visitors to the Kingdom; Fefaka’apa’apa’aki (mutual respect), Feveitokai’aki (sharing, cooperating and fulfilment of mutual obligations), Lototoo (humility and generosity), and Tauhi vaha’a (loyalty and commitment). Older persons command the most respect and each family member knows their role. A typical family unit may...
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PCC and Other Laie News

 Other PCC and related news   PFHOF sets inaugural prep all-star game in Hawaii: The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame — whose museum display is located near the Hukilau Market Place main entrance of the Polynesian Cultural Center and features FREE-ADMISSION — has set its inaugural high school football all-star game at Aloha Stadium on January 21, 2017.   2014 Heisman and PFHOF Polynesian College Football Player of the Year awards winner Marcus Mariota, now with the Tennesee Titans, and Ronnie Stanley, the PFHOF 2015 College Football Player of the Year who now plays...
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Aunty Ellen Gay’s “Graduatio...

Dela Rosa ‘graduates’ after 43 years   Ellen Gay Kekuaokalani Dela Rosa (shown at left), PCC’s long-time Theater Director, retired on her 65th birthday, August 5, 2016, after working for the Polynesian Cultural Center for 43 years. Several hundred co-workers, friends and family members joined her that evening in gratitude and celebration.   In tribute, Delsa Moe, PCC Vice President of Cultural Presentations, said Dela Rosa “has done her part to share aloha with many throughout her tenure at PCC. Although she has been a dancer, Hawaiian section instructor and kumu hula,...
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Fijians Share Several Unique Cultural As...

During a recent retirement farewell event for former Hawaiian cultural specialist Keith Awai (CLICK HERE to view video from this great celebration), PCC Fijian Village “chief” Ratu Seru Inoke Suguturaga noted the while Polynesians share many similar cultural aspects among the various island groups, there were at least three things that were unique to only the Fijians and Hawaiians:   Fijian derua and Hawaiian ka’eke’eke or bamboo percussion tube  instruments:   Suguturaga explained both Fijians and Hawaiians use varying lengths of thin-walled bamboo, with all but the...
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Fiji wins gold!

 PCC Fijians celebrate Olympic gold   “Rugby is Fiji’s national sport. It’s very popular,” said PCC Fijian Village “Chief” Ratu Seru Inoke Suguturaga . . . so it’s no surprise that Fijians at the Polynesian Cultural Center, back home in the islands and around the world, as well as many other Polynesians, have been celebrating ever since the Fiji men’s Rugby 7s team decisively defeated Great Britain, 43-7, in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics finals to capture their first-ever gold medals.     Rugby is said to have started at Rugby School in Rugby, England, in 1823 when a...