The Polynesian Cultural Center re-opened its Aotearoa (New Zealand) village on November 30, 2013, following a traditional Maori ceremony that featured the unveiling of new carvings recognizing the ancient Polynesian navigator, Hawaikiroa.
PCC Aotearoa Islands Manager and Cultural Islands Director Seamus Fitzgerald (in bowler hat) and villagers begin the ceremony to welcome the carvers and guests to the re-opening of the Maori Village. (PCC photos by Mike Foley)
In a kawanga ceremony steeped in Maori tradition, villagers and guests gathered at 6:00 a.m. to re-open the village and view the carvings before sunrise. More than 150 people participated in the ceremony and the speakers included Alfred Grace, PCC’s President and CEO, and himself a native of Aotearoa. Ceremony highlights included: Continue reading
The PCC is decking the halls for kamaaina this holiday season with two special offers to save money while enjoying the captivating diversity of culture, arts, activities, and entertainment presented by the native people of Polynesia.
These two holiday special offers are available to Hawaii residents only and are not combinable with any other offers. A valid Hawaii ID is required to show proof of residency. Some restrictions may apply. For more information or to make reservations, please call the PCC’s ticket office at (808) 293-3333 or visit online at www.PCCKamaaina.com.
The Polynesian Cultural Center is presenting a fun and exciting winter wonderland celebration this holiday season that is being offered nowhere else in Hawaii – highlighted by a canoe ride on its beautiful lagoon.
Called Christmas Lagoon: The Light Within, this annual holiday experience is a festival of musical performances, beautiful displays, and hands-on arts and crafts that takes place on nine days – December 13, 14, 16 through 21, and 23 – starting each evening at 6:30 p.m.
Several thousand PCC alumni returned to Laie from September 1-8, 2013, to celebrate the Center’s 50th Anniversary. (PCC photo by alumnus Mike Foley)
Although the Polynesian Cultural Center has been celebrating its golden anniversary throughout 2013, it was actually 50 years ago this week that the PCC opened and began a new venture highlighting the peoples and cultures of Polynesia through entertainment, arts, education, and personal interaction:
- On October 12, 1963, President Hugh B. Brown, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the Center in front of a special audience of VIPs and invited guests.
- On October 14, 1963, the PCC welcomed its first regular guests.
- Today, more than 37 million guests later, the PCC continues to thrive on Oahu’s North Shore as the only cultural tourist attraction of its kind in the world.
For approximately an hour before the Alumni Talent Show began, the Polynesian Cultural Center honored 18 alumni for their cultural contributions, remarkable service to the PCC and their lives of aloha by presenting each of them with the 50th Anniversary Lei Pūlama Aloha — Lei of a Living Treasure — Award, and in the case of the last recipient, a special service award.
With Cy Bridges acting as emcee, and PCC President & CEO Alfred Grace as well as Board Chairman Fraser Bullock presenting the actual awards, the Cultural Center recognized the following “Living Treasures” (please note, not all of them were able to attend the program, and may not be pictured; also, not all background information was available for this blog): Continue reading
Immediately following the presentation of the Polynesian Cultural Center “Living Treasures” and President’s Awards, several dozen PCC alumni and friends proved once again that the talent of our people extends far beyond the beloved villages and stages at the Center…
A teaser photo of the finalé: Keep reading for a full report
…only, all of the action this time was taking place before a packed house in the BYU-Hawaii Cannon Activities Center on Wednesday evening, September 4, 2013. For those who couldn’t be here, the event was live-streamed.
Tuesday, September 4, 2013 — The fourth official day of the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Golden Anniversary celebration started early, with a fun run/walk around the PCC grounds, followed by the “real-deal,” the PCC 50th Sports Festival.
Physical Facilities team — the “bluenatics”
As a side-note for those who can’t be here, several people reported they’ve been very happy with our live-stream event coverage; so, between that and these summary reports, we hope everyone — whether in Laie or not — can feel they’re part of the PCC’s Golden Jubilee.