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