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Two new VP’s at Polynesian Cultura...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   The Polynesian Cultural Center has recently named two new vice presidents: Jarod Hester, VP of Finance and CFO Hester joined the PCC about four years ago as the Financial Controller. In his new position, he succeeded Douglas F. Lyons, who was temporarily “on loan” for several years from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints financial administration offices in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has returned there. Hester, who was born in England but raised in New Zealand, had previously worked...
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Polynesian College and High School Footb...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   Hercules Mata’afa selected as the 2017 College Football Player of the Year The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame has selected Washington State University Defensive Lineman Hercules Mata’afa as the 2017 recipient of the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award. The Award is presented annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player who epitomizes great ability and integrity. The Associated Press named Mata’afa — a redshirt junior who prepped at Lahainaluna,...
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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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Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announc...

  Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   PFHOF names 2018 inductees The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame — which in partnership with the Polynesian Cultural Center has established a permanent “home” that is open free to the public — recently announced the professional player and contributor “class of 2018.”       In October the PFHOF selection committee announced they had picked five members of the Class of 2018 from a list of 18 finalists. The four professional player inductees are: Herman “Buddy” Pi’ikei Clark...
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PFHOF names 2017 college player of the y...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up   The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame has selected Washington State University Defensive Lineman Hercules Mata’afa as the 2017 recipient of the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award. The Award is presented annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player who epitomizes great ability and integrity. The Associated Press named Mata’afa — a redshirt junior who prepped at Lahainaluna, Maui — its Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The AP also named him its...
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Bure Kalou, the Fijian Spirit House

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     “bure kalou”  A Fijian house of worship, or temple from pre-Christian times     This full-scale replica in the Fiji Village at The Polynesian Culture Center on the island of Oahu, Hawaii is the only bure kalou outside of Fiji. Throughout Polynesia, places of worship were crafted on layered platforms, some with pyramids. Fiji is the only culture to place a 6 story building on a platform. They believed that the taller the place of worship, the closer the people would be to their...
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A master’s touch: Restoring the tr...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up       The following blog was taken from an in-depth interview with Master Carver and Polynesian Navigator, Kawika Eskaran of Laie, Hawaii, who along with Sione Tuione Pulotu, guided the design and construction of the Iosepa, a 57′ double hulled sailing canoe modeled in style and function after the ancient canoes utilized by Hawaiians to travel the seas. The Iosepa was sponsored and built through a cooperative effort between Brigham Young University – Hawaii and The Polynesian...
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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...