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Honoring Our Kupuna & other PCC New...

    Other PCC and related news   PCC adds extra luau seating to meet summer demand: During peak seasons — summertime and the year-end holidays, the Polynesian Cultural Center’s fabulous Alii Luau is so popular that we normally run three seatings simultaneously in three different venues . . .   … but this summer the demand has been even higher, so after having to turn away too many people who wanted to enjoy the Alii Luau experience, PCC Vice President of Marketing Raymond Magalei said the PCC team came together on short order to work out the already complex...
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All Hawaii Honors King Kamehameha Each J...

      In 1871 King Kamehameha V set apart June 11th as a national holiday honoring his great-grandfather, King Kamehameha I, who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaii through a series of military victories and alliances with other island ali’i or rulers between the late 1790s and 1810. When Hawaii became the 50th state in the U.S. in 1959, Kamehameha Day was one of the first holidays proclaimed by the governor and state legislature. Today, floral parades — including the famous pa’u or decorated horse riders representing each island, lei...
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Maoritanga — The Maori Way of Life

    Māoritanga — Māori culture — is very much alive   Occasionally, a travel writer may describe the Polynesian Cultural Center as a “living museum”: That is, a place where we’ve recreated the past, but that’s not really accurate. Granted, most Polynesians now-a-days live in modern housing and dress in current fashions, whereas all of our PCC village houses are traditional and many of our villagers wear more traditional clothing; but even in this regard, most of our village staff dress traditionally. In the Samoan or Fijian villages, for example, will see...
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Wallis and Futuna…A Polynesian Dis...

    Discovery in that, I find I am woefully ignorant of what makes up Polynesia. Polynesian Triangle? Check. Six largest cultures? Hawaii, Tonga, Samoa, Maori, Tahiti and Fiji. Check. And then there are the Cook Islands, Easter Island, Kiribas, Niue, Tuvalu and Pitcairn Island among many others. But I hadn’t heard of Wallis and Futuna until recently. Looks a lot like Samoa to me and actually they share weather characteristics like only needing one number for the temperature and the humidity — 80. While the islands lie between Samoa and Fiji, the...
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Afatasi

    That’s me – afatasi, a Samoan word describing someone who is part Samoan and part something else. It literally means half of one. My grandmother comes from the village of Nu’uuli on the island of Tutuila in American Samoa. Here at the Polynesian Cultural Center there are a lot of us who are afatasi–either by blood or by the cultures we represent. We may be Tongan working in the Fijian village or Hawaiian working in the New Zealand village but we are all bound by the common threads of language and tradition that declare us Polynesian....