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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...
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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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Through An Aussie’s Eyes: The Poly...

As much as we like telling the world about visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center, we LOVE it when we can share the experiences of our guests. Here is a great blog by Helena Kreis, an aspiring travel blogger from Australia (http://www.throughanaussieseyes.com). Thanks, Helena! We know your experience will help others looking at coming to our island paradise.     Learning about different cultures is one of the main reasons many of us travel. When we completely immerse ourselves in a culture that is new to us, it opens the doors to a life that we never really...
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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...