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Christmas in Tonga

  Memories of Christmas in Tonga     The PCC is proud to share this lovely story by contributing blogger, Mike Foley regarding Tongan Christmas memories from our PCC family, which was orignially published in December 2015. Two of our Tongan PCC managers originally from the Friendly Islands share some of their fond memories of Christmas in the Kingdom of Tonga: Alamoti “Moti” Taumoepeau, Tongan Islands manager, who grew up near Nuku‘alofa, the kingdom’s capital; and PCC emcee coordinator Telesia “Sia” Afeaki Tonga from Mu‘a, which is also on the main...
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Christmas in Polynesia: Mele and Iosepa

Mele and Iosepa’s First Christmas: Introductions    Christmas is a special time on the islands. We not only celebrate the joy and magic of the season, we know how to have fun! As a special holiday gift, we have prepared our own Christmas tale.       Iosepa is our brave, Fijiian warrior. He is mighty, he is strong, he is a risk taker!  Iosepa tends to think of himself as quite the handyman. Mele begs to differ.     Mele and Iosepa met on a beautiful moonlit night, right after he performed a traditional Fire Walk.  Somehow the combination...
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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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The Beauty of Polynesia

    What is the real beauty of Polynesia? The media may focus on pictures of beautiful Polynesian woman dressed in hula skirts, with big brown eyes and long, luxurious hair. These quintessential islanders can make men swoon and women long for such genes. But the real beauty of Polynesia comes from the hearts of its people.   Those who have worked at the Polynesian Cultural Center, and the loyal guests who visit us time and again will be happy to list off the people who have touched their lives…..honorable and gracious kapuna who have guided and influenced...
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Tonga Time

     Tonga, like it’s cousins across the Pacific, has it’s own approach to time. Today may mean tomorrow. Half an hour may be more like two hours or in some cases two days or even a week.   If you are a foreigner this may take a bit of adjusting to, but remember you are on holiday so just relax and go with it.   Big occasions like a street festival maybe changed from, let’s say, Monday the 14th to Tuesday the 15th. The change could be made on the 13th without much consultation. Although you may not know that the times have changed, the rest of the Kingdom...
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Tongan Feasting and Christmas Memories

    Tongan feasting: A serious custom   [Author’s note: I have attended Polynesian feasts where they cooked 200 pigs, and fed thousands of people . . . but the first time I sat down at a Tongan kaipola feast, I was truly impressed.]   An expression of love and gratitude: “I feel that Tongan feasting is driven by the same principles on which the American Thanksgiving holiday is based. It truly is an expression of love and gratitude. Also, it involves a sense of duty to maintain relationships among family and community members,” said Alamoti “Moti”...