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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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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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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...