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Korean style kalbi glaze for boneless sh...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     Pounders Restaurant is fast becoming one of the local favorites here on the north shore of Oahu. It doesn’t take much to realize that this is due to local chef, Felix Tai who has been given room to practice his special style of ono Asian-Western-Polynesian fusion. Today, we’re going to share the secrets of his signature dish, Boneless Short Ribs with Kalbi Glaze. We will give you the basic preparations for the Boneless Short Ribs, but it is the kicky kalbi glaze that completes...
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Choosing an ukulele? Here’s what y...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up       The ukulele store at the Polynesian Cultural Center welcomes all to learn and play the ukulele and finds many people seeking advice on choosing their ukulele.  For those of you who can’t come, we would be glad to give you advice for our most common questions. We’ve pointed out some key information to consider here:   Wood   Koa is the highest-end wood that comes from Hawaii. It is beautiful to look at and listen to. A lot of value is put into the grade of the koa wood,...
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Li Hing Mui Vinaigrette, a special islan...

  Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up       Aloha, family! We present the first in the personal collection of recipes shared by Chef Felix Tai, Head Chef of Pounders Restaurant. These bi-monthly posts, which will be a part of our popular Eat Polynesia  recipe series takes us into the world of Chef Tai, where local Hawaiian ingredients are fused in Asian, Polynesian, and Western styles of culinary art. As several of you know, Pounders is located at the entrance to the most popular paid attraction in Hawaii, the...
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Cook Islands return to the Polynesian Cu...

  Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up         The Polynesian Cultural Center is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our friends from the Cook Islands again this summer from June 18 – July 19, 2018. “We were greatly honored last summer to host cultural representatives from the Cook Islands,” stated P. Alfred Grace, President of the Polynesian Cultural Center. “We couldn’t be more pleased that their government has approved a return visit. Their rich culture, music and dance are...
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Tropical Pineapple Upside Down Cake from...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   Pineapple upside down cake is a favorite across the world, but we wanted to put a real island spin on it – and boy is it amazing! Knowing that the crunchy topping is the best part, we’ve doubled the sugar and butter – making it a gooey, yummy treat everyone should enjoy…. Yes, we used a cake mix! One of the beauties of this particular recipe is that it is so easy and incredible to boot! For a wonderful homemade cake recipe click here   INGREDIENTS Topping: 1 ½ sticks...
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Koko Rice or Koko Alaisa – No matter how...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   Koko Rice is a staple across Samoa, and in Samoan communities around the world. Genius in its simplicity, many Samoans list it as ‘comfort food’ from their childhood. Family gatherings would always have a big steamy pot of it along with fresh bread loaded with butter. Just ask one of your Samoan friends if they remember koko rice and watch that dreamy look sweep across their face. Now you can enjoy it too – but if you want your dish to be truly traditional, go to your local health food based...
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Huilua Fishpond in Kahana Bay: Explore t...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up         The Huilua Fishpond, is an authentic example of ancient Hawaiian aquaculture. You will find the loko i’a (fishpond in Hawaiian) as you approach the south side of Kahana Bay. The parking just off the highway consists of just a handful of spaces. You will need to take a short walk to get to the ponds, but the effort will be well worth your time.   The pond is not currently in working condition but parts of the wall are still standing, like an ancient jigsaw puzzle left by...
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Antique pump organ still plays on at the...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     The Polynesian Cultural Center is the proud owner of an 1890 Estey Pump Organ, called a parlor organ. It is about 7.5 feet tall. Isn’t it magnificent? For many years Estey produced more pump organs in the USA than any other manufacturer in its day. This organ was donated and placed here when the Mission Chapel was built in 1984. Although lovingly cared for, it has experienced long periods of disrepair due to humidity, heat, bugs and mice.   The latest refurbish took almost a year to...
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Get ready for the new HUKI canoe celebra...

Coming this summer to the Polynesian Cultural Center – a grand new canoe celebration sure to both inspire and entertain. Huki: One ‘ohana sharing aloha will tell the story of how this magical corner of the world has become the showcase of our beautiful Polynesian culture. Huki is unique not only in the tale it shares, but in how it is presented. Live musicians set the tone while native performers present our epic story while dancing on large double hulled canoes upon a picturesque lagoon. The new show is powered by a rich cinematic sound system in high-definition...
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Coconut Shrimp with fresh ginger sauce f...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     Coconut Shrimp – it’s everywhere in Oahu. Restaurants, food trucks, even convenience stores. Yes, it’s THAT delicious! But the most sought after dishes are arguably the three food trucks next to the shrimp ponds just north of the country town of Kahuku. The debate rages on regarding which truck has the best recipe. You may just have to try them all and decide for yourself. But arrive early or you may wait up to an hour for your order. The Polynesian Cultural Center is no stranger to...
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In a Word: Ohana means family

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   In a Word: Ohana = Family Valentines Day is upon us, and here in Hawaii, nothing reflects love more than OHANA   An integral part of Hawaiian culture is the care and nurturing of family, or ohana. From ancient times to the present Hawaiians embrace the opportunity of living in the company of aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and yes, even the in-laws. In communities of old, every member of the ohana was expected to contribute to the tasks of daily life.   Even keiki (children) honed...
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What’s up with: Interesting things you m...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     The first in our series reviewing interesting sites you may come across as you visit the beautiful north shore on the island of Oahu. In this segment, learn about family camping, wandering chickens, divisions of ahu’puaha and the art of abandoned cars.   What’s up with large groups of campers along the shoreline Camping is more than a leisure activity here along the North Shore. Hawaii is all about ‘ohana (family). And we’re not just talking immediate family. We’re talking...
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Polynesian College and High School Footb...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   Hercules Mata’afa selected as the 2017 College Football Player of the Year The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame has selected Washington State University Defensive Lineman Hercules Mata’afa as the 2017 recipient of the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award. The Award is presented annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player who epitomizes great ability and integrity. The Associated Press named Mata’afa — a redshirt junior who prepped at Lahainaluna,...
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2017 Polynesian High School “Playe...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   The 2017 PFHOF High School Players of the Year finalists For the first time this year, the PFHOF has announced five finalists for the inaugural 2017 Polynesian High School Football Player of the Year Award. The five 2017 finalists, selected from a watch list of 50-plus possibles, include: QB Chevan Cordeiro (St. Louis, Honolulu); LB Palaie Gaoteote (Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas); ATH Talanoa Hufanga (Crescent Valley, Corvallis, OR); ATH Brandon Kaho (Reno High, Reno, NV); and LB Solomon Tuliaupupu...
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A master’s touch: Restoring the tr...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up       The following blog was taken from an in-depth interview with Master Carver and Polynesian Navigator, Kawika Eskaran of Laie, Hawaii, who along with Sione Tuione Pulotu, guided the design and construction of the Iosepa, a 57′ double hulled sailing canoe modeled in style and function after the ancient canoes utilized by Hawaiians to travel the seas. The Iosepa was sponsored and built through a cooperative effort between Brigham Young University – Hawaii and The Polynesian...
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Hotels on the North Shore: The other sid...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     Your days of dreaming are over. You have finally booked your dream trip to Oahu! Now you need to decide where you are going to stay. Honolulu has thousands of hotels, but if you’ve dreamt of being in a quieter spot that is a closer match to a real island paradise, might we suggest you book a room up along the north shore?   POLYNESIAN WORD OF THE DAY   “Fale Talimalo” Samoan for guest house (n) – a building traditionally placed near the entrance to a Samoan...
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Shoyu Chicken doesn’t get any easi...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     Named after a local brand of soy sauce, this chicken dish is a favorite island plate, especially when you and your neighbors are having a luau (potluck) or you just need to please picky eaters. This version comes straight from the Food and Beverage Department of The Polynesian Cultural Center. It may be easy, but that’s part of the beauty of this simple little recipe. It literally fulfills the popular saying “winner, winner, chicken dinner!” And it’s versatile! A...
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Canoe Pushing 101 at the PCC

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     Who is that?   As you carefully board our canoe for your water-based tour of the Polynesian Cultural Center, you may ask yourself “Who is that pushing my canoe?” Most of our “Canoe Pushers” are actually full time students next door at Brigham Young University – Hawaii. Many of our pushers are from other countries, but no matter where they’re from, they are trained to provide you with a wonderful experience on our beautiful lagoon. First off, you will notice that they...
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Feel the warmth of an island holiday: Ch...

  Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   Christmas time on the North Shore is a magical place. First off, you’re away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Second, you get to really experience Christmas ‘island style’. We have compiled a list of activities and suggestions to make your Christmas season warm, bright and full of aloha.     Hukilau Marketplace/Polynesian Cultural Center Come to the biggest seasonal celebration across the North Shore in beautiful La’ie. And best of all, these events are free to...
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Mango Otai: Nectar of the Gods!

  Island breezes, coconut trees, waves lapping on a sandy beach. This must be paradise, yes? But even paradise can get a bit warm, so a special part of any visit to our beautiful island home includes a refreshing drink known locally as Otai. One year ago we shared the traditional Watermelon Otai recipe. This year the Polynesian Cultural Center is excited to share its close relative, Mango Otai, which is both refreshing and delicious! It is a favorite on Oahu, and is sure to be a favorite of yours!       Ingredients   5 large fresh mangoes, grated...
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The Village Approach: Maori child-rearin...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   Maori culture is built upon the premise that…“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari, he toa takitini” (“my achievements are not of myself, but because of the many”.) Māori culture personifies the belief that “it takes a village to raise a child”.  The marae provides a venue for families and extended families to interact in a uniquely Māori environment where children learn their culture. Maoris raise their children together, participate in activities together, build, work and play...
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Oahu North Shore beach guide: It’s...

  Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up The beaches along the North Shore of Oahu are what dreams are made of. Sand, waves, tropical trees swaying in the breeze and a magical mix of colorful sea life and majestic turtles. What you may not know however, is how distinctly unique each beach is. Want to learn to surf? Castles might be your best spot. Want to see world class surfing? Then it’s Banzai Pipeline all the way, baby! We love the North Shore, and we know you will too! So, along with coming to spend a day with us here at The...
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Palusami – an easy and flavorful s...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   One of the first truly Polynesian dishes served to me when arriving in La’ie was an amazing little dish Samoans call Palusami. The website Cooking Hawaii defines it as: “A traditional Samoan dish of wrapped bundles of taro leaves with a coconut and onion filling. Sometimes made with chicken, …fish [or corned beef] along with the coconut. Very similar to our Hawaiian lau lau.” This popular dish actually can be found in varying forms across Polynesia and Asia. Fiji versions may...
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How Rapa Nui’s Moai came to the PC...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   People come from around the world to visit The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) where they can immerse themselves in 6 amazing island cultures, Hawaii, Aotearoa, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga. Each ‘village’ provides in-depth experiences in history, culture, music, dance and activities. Its a wonderful, full-day experience. One of our signature sights as our guests travel through the Center is of 5 statues, placed on a small island in the middle of our lagoon….tall figures,...
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Polynesian Cultural Center stages NFL dr...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   The Polynesian Cultural Center recently participated in a media blitz on the U.S. East coast that included a fine luau food event for 200–300 guests — co-hosted by our partner Polynesian Football Hall of Fame: They invited 200–300 guests to the event on April 27, 2017, during the National Football League draft in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Meet PCC Pounders Restaurant executive chief Felix Tai: He prepared the upscale luau. He’s why you may want to eat at Pounders the next time you’re in...
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PCC Samoan Culture Ambassador joins medi...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up The Polynesian Cultural Center recently participated in a media blitz on the U.S. East coast that included our Samoan Culture Ambassador Creasepaul Tofa. He is a traditionally raised Samoan who enjoys sharing his heritage with both visitors and urban Samoan students:  Samoa, sweet Samoa Creasepaul “Crease” Tofa, one of the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Samoan Village culture ambassadors, grew up farming, fishing and cooking for his family in the small village of Saipipi on Samoa’s biggest island,...
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Sweet Memories of Paradise

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up INTRODUCTION: Jimmy Mapu is one of our newest bloggers, but he has been with the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC)  for many years. Currently, he serves as the Director of Guest Services – which consists of students from around the globe who guide our guests through the PCC. Many have written to us about how these students have inspired and touched them. Many describe the experience as magical. Once you get to know Jimmy, you’ll know where that magic comes from.     What was lost was found at...
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PCC’s Sione Milford: Immersed in T...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   The Polynesian Cultural Center recently participated in a media blitz on the U.S. East coast that included our Tongan Culture Ambassador Sione Milford. We think you will enjoy meeting him, too. But first, there’s something even many native Tongans don’t realize about Sione: Becoming Tongan All Polynesians share some ancient heritage and contemporary commonalities, but the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Tongan Culture Ambassador has taken that concept to a new level. Imagine a burly, handsome...
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Pounders Restaurant’s custom pizza...

    Innovation and style is the hallmark of Pounders Restaurant, situated in the Hukilau Marketplace at the entrance to the Polynesian Cultural Center. Two years old and counting, Pounders hosts the same ‘daring’ can-do attitude as the waves you find at the beach it’s named after. Towards the middle of the restaurant you will find a counter top with stools strategically placed to face into the kitchen. From that vantage point, it’s rather hard to miss Pounder’s kiawe-wood-burning, Neopolitan-style brick oven used to cook their delicious pizzas. Not...
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PCC’s Hukilau Marketplace celebrates sec...

The Polynesian Cultural Center celebrated the second anniversary of our popular Hukilau Marketplace by offering hundreds of community residents and visitors special entertainment and activities, and opening several new additions to its Roulotte Court (roulottes are popular food trucks in French Polynesia). In opening the Hukilau Marketplace in 2015, President Alfred Grace explained the Center planned this unique addition to attract drive-by, regular and community customers, as well as to “reflect on the great history and stories past of Laie.”  He was referring to the...
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Famous Laie chef partners in Hukilau Mar...

Sam Choy (inset) opens a new Seafood & Poke truck with friend, Junior Ah You Famous Hawaiian chef Sam Choy, who was born and raised right here in Laie, has partnered with Junior and Almira Ah You in opening Sam Choy & Tita’s Seafood & Poke food truck on March 11, 2017, in the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Hukilau Marketplace. The opening helped mark the second anniversary of the popular marketplace. The new seafood truck is parked next to Tita’s Grill, which the extended Ah You family operates in the roulotte or food truck court. “The food world is really...
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Exercise Your Taste Buds on Oahu’s North...

So, you’re coming to the North Shore! You have your bags packed, and your activities planned. But to truly immerse yourself in the flavor of this magical place, you also need to grab a fork and dig in!   We are pleased to provide you with an overview of some of the best food Oahu’s North Shore has to offer. We have something for everyone!     Hauula North Shore Taco It’s said that they have the #1 fish taco on the North Shore. Judging by the crowds, they just might be right! Open daily 11a – 9p Korean BBQ Wide variety of yummy Korean food. Limited seating....