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Pounders Restaurant announces changes fo...

Changes have come to Pounders Restaurant, and we want to share the news! Hukilau Marketplace announces our new Chef, President (Prez) T. Galeaˈi and General Manager, Dede Alo. We were able to sit down with each of them and learn more about their unique perspectives along with their vision for Pounders in the coming year:   Introducting Chef Prez Galeai and General Manager Dede Alo   President Tafilisaunoa Galea’i, rang in 2020 with a big announcement. He is the new Pounders Restaurant Executive Chef! He is excited to bring his 20+ years’ experience in the food...
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Polynesian Cultural Center’s hoike...

‘100 years of blessings, 100 years of joy’ Many people know that hula motions and even entire performances have meaning and tell stories, but they may not realize some of the stories portrayed actually reflect current lives and events. That’s why Pomaikai Krueger, the Polynesian Cultural Center’s (PCC) kumu hula, or hula master, recently felt inspired to compile and share the performance of A Light On A Hill, as part of the free hour-long hoike, or tribute, of hula and songs.. Krueger performed with members of the PCC’s own Hui Hooulu Aloha halau (a group comprised of...
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Polynesian Cultural Center hosts holiday...

Amid the trumpeting of conch shells, Hawaiian chanting and Tahitian dancing, representatives from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and four local charities unveiled two “giving machines” in the Center’s Hukilau Marketplace on November 19, 2019, in time for the holiday season. They will remain in place through January 1, 2020. First time in Hawaii “This is the first time the Church has placed Giving Machines in Hawaii,” said Wailana Kamauu, a Church public affairs spokesman. He explained the “Giving Machines...
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Why Mauna Kea protectors are supported b...

Many of our visitors wonder what the Ku Kia’i Mauna demonstrations on Mauna Kea are about and what the Polynesian Cultural Center’s position is on this issue. President and CEO Alfred Grace met with PCC employees on July 25, 2019, in the Hawaiian Journey Theater to explain why the Center is supporting Hawaiians who are currently and peacefully demonstrating near the summit of Mauna Kea against building a new 30-meter astronomical telescope there. Because of the significance of this issue, the Center’s Ha: Breath of Life (night show) cast members share a brief...
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2019 Fireknife: Women, junior, and inter...

Along with the men’s championship, the Polynesian Cultural Center’s annual World Fireknife Championships includes three other divisions of competition — the women’s open, juniors (ages 6-11), and intermediates (ages 12-17), were held in conjunction with the We Are Samoa high school cultural arts festival. All these events were held this year from May 8-11, 2019, in La’ie, Hawaii. Here are the winners in the other three fireknife divisions: Congratulations to our 2019 women’s World Fireknife Champion Jeralee Galea’i of Laie, Oahu. Judges selected her as one of...
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Penesa wins 2019 World Fireknife Champio...

A panel of judges selected Falaniko Penesa of Puipa’a, Upolu, Samoa, as the 2019 World Fireknife champion. The finalists competed on May 11 during a sold-out performance of the Polynesian Cultural Center’s famous HA: Breath of Life evening show. Three former PCC World Fireknife Champions in finals “This was the first time we had a true battle of the champions at the end. All three of the finalists were former champions,” said Tagaloataoa Delsa Atoa Moe, PCC vice president of cultural presentations   Penesa — who previously won in 2017 — is a native Samoan and...