Visitors to the Hawaiian Island of O'ahu have the unique opportunity to learn about the culture and people of Polynesia, not from books, films or television, but from the actual people who were born and live in the area's major island groups.
Founded in 1963, the Polynesian Cultural Center or PCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of Polynesia and sharing the culture, arts, and crafts of the major island groups to the rest of the world. The Center has been Hawaii's top paid visitor attraction since 1977, according to annual state government surveys.
This year the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) marks its 50th anniversary of preserving and perpetuating the Polynesian culture.
Most recently, the PCC introduced a new Island Luau centered around the Samoan culture and featuring a dinner buffet with favorite Samoan, Hawaiian and local dishes, traditional performances like the faataupati (Samoan slap dance) and siva popo (coconut shell dance), and keiki (children) fireknife dancing.
Another new addition is Hawaiian Journey, a 14-minute cinematic presentation that brings to life the story of Hawaii's people, their land, and their ancestors.
If you'd like to find out more about the PCC or view a number of photos, you can check out these features:
- A Brief Introduction to the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Oahu
- "The History of the Polynesian Cultural Center and Mormonism in Hawaii
- Polynesian Cultural Center Villages Photos with pictures of each of the Polynesian Villages at the Polynesian Cultural Center
- Polynesian Cultural Center Canoe Pageant Photos with pictures of the Rainbows of Paradise Canoe Pageant at the Polynesian Cultural Center