PCC re-opens Maori Village in special ceremony

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.

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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

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