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Bobby Akoi, PCC’s host for kings and que...

Meet PCC’s ‘Mr. Aloha’ The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) has hosted thousands of VIPs since we opened in 1963 — kings, queens, presidents, diplomats, dignitaries, movie stars, sports celebrities, church and government leaders, business executives, military leaders and many more. And we’ve been very fortunate over the past approximately 20 of those years to have had the perfect “Mr. Aloha” greet and escort those guests — Robert “Bobby” Akoi, one of our most senior employees who “graduated” from the Polynesian Cultural Center on July 12, 2019 when he retired after...
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29th Annual Moanikeala coming Sept. 2-7,...

Come join us September 3 – 7, 2019 for the 29th Annual Moanikeala Hula Festival. Enjoy a week-long celebration, to perpetuate Hawaii’s Culture, Language, Art, and Practices through workshops, concerts and activities dedicated to the memory of Aunty Sally Moanikeala Woods.   2019 brings expansion to the Moanikeala 2019 is the beginning of a new format, which continues the grand tradition of the Moanikeala event, bringing the highest caliber of hula performance to the stage. The extended week-long festivities include daily hula, ukulele and Nihau shell lei...
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Top 5 North Shore Hikes on Oahu

Looking for a great way to burn some calories before spending the day at the Polynesian Cultural Center? The North Shore of Oahu provides amazing trails that allow you to see the beautiful island and sneak another delicious açaí bowl or serving of kalua pork. From breathtaking waterfalls, sprawling forests, and rugged mountain ranges, the island of Oahu is home to breathtaking natural scenery and well-kept hiking trails. Because of its unique geographic location, the famed North Shore of Oahu hosts a diversity of flora and fauna entirely unique to this corner of the...
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World Fireknife Competition

Wednesday, May 8 – Saturday, May 11th at the Polynesian Cultural Center Competitors and fans from all over the world flock to the Polynesian Cultural Center once a year to see the World Fireknife Competition and the We Are Samoa festival. Ticket information and schedules for our  2019 competition are now available at www.worldfireknife.com! Heart-pounding action, top level competitors, and fire! Four nights and one amazing day of activities. You don’t wan’t to miss this, and now, with livestreaming, you’ll never have to!  This year is especially...
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Samoan Family Traditions: The Sacred Dut...

Ha: Breath of Life completes the Polynesian Cultural Center experience every evening in the Pacific Theater. People love this circle-of-life production that follows a young couple fleeing from a natural disaster, the birth of their son Mana, his coming of age and more — all performed beautifully through the perspectives of the various islands we represent at the PCC. Most of the cultural insights are obvious and pleasingly portrayed, but there’s at least one cultural “nugget” in the Samoan section of the Ha — when the young man Mana is smitten by the beautiful Lani — that...
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David Hannemann Remembered as a Legacy o...

For this month’s article, we would like to recognize a true champion to the Polynesian Cultural Center, Tausilinu’u David Hannemann, who passed away on October 9th at the age of 92. Uncle David has been our friend, our adviser, and our spiritual example for so many years. Tausilinu’u David Hannemann (fondly known as Uncle David) was born in Apia, Samoa in 1926. After immigrating to the US in 1946, and marrying his sweetheart, Carolyn Harline, David was invited to become the Center’s first paid employee in 1963. He would work for many years, and then leave for other...