A picture tour of some more changes at the Polynesian Cultural Center
Keeping with the theme of ‘what’s new at the Center’, here are some hidden changes that we came across while preparing for a video shoot. Facilities are doing an amazing job, along with our student workers, who are out there every day making the dreams come to reality.
Let’s see if we surprise you!
The beautiful Kalo ponds in the Hawaii Village are a testament to the essence of Hawaii. They are tended carefully, prayed over, talked to, and loved. And when you look around, you see how much that tender loving care has allowed the taro plants to thrive, as they prepare to give back that love in nutritious splendor.
When you see the number of hand cleaning stations around the property, you know. It’s a sign of the times, but it also showcases PCC’s dedication to the health and welfare of the staff, and in the future, our guests.
Did you know that there is a lovely double pond on the outer edge of the Hawaii Village? It’s just behind the lauhala weaving hut at the west entrance to the village. It even has a sweet little waterfall emptying into the lagoon. You can see the mighty Iosepa’s hale in the background. Amazing what some plant thinning can uncover!
Changes are happening throughout Maori Village! The whare tupuna (ancestral meeting house) is not merely receiving a new coat of paint, the glass is being replaced and the detail work is being expanded. What a loving testament to their beloved marae.
In the Samoa Village, the big shade tree is gone, due to dangerous rotting and the stage is being rebuilt. The stage structure (the second in as many years) is also gone. But by the time the Center opens, it is fully expected to be up and ready to go!
Also in Samoa, the ancient way of tending taro is being utilized.
Talk about raising the roof! The Musician’s hut has gotten taller and looks practically new!
Do you know where this is? If you look carefully, you will see the entrance to Hale Aloha. The ramp, which used to be a bit steeper, is a gentle slope, allowing walking and wheelchair guests easier access to the Center.
Talking about changes, look at the entrance to Hale Aloha! There is no center tree, the limbs have been trimmed back and there is a side entrance to the old Banyan Tree eating area. It will be interesting to see how this translates after we reopen – but the ease of access was certainly the goal!
Rumor has it, Marketing and Sales are moving into temporary structures somewhere along the south side of the Pacific Theater. It will be so nice to be on the property!
So much is happening as we prepare to set the date to reopen. There will even more changes and upgrades. We’ll fill you in soon!