Over its 49 years, the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) in Oahu, Hawaii has taken more than 36 -million guests on a journey through the diverse cultures of Polynesia.
To accentuate its daily offerings, the Polynesian Cultural Center, located in the small town of Laie on the northeast end of Oahu, holds a wide array of special events, cultural competitions and festivals, many of which allow guests to delve deeper into Polynesian traditions and share it with the rest of the world.
Events planned for 2012 include the 20th Annual World Fireknife Championship from May 9 to 12. Part of PCC's annual "We Are Samoa Festival," the World Fireknife Championship celebrates two decades of competition. Dancers of all ages will tempt fate as they showcase their mastery of Samoan fireknives in a fiery battle of skill and bravery.
Held annually in conjunction with the World Fireknife Championship, Hawaiʻi high school students demonstrate their own cultural knowledge of Samoan traditions with exhibitions in basket weaving, coconut husking and fire making during the High School Samoan Cultural Arts Festival on May 12.
The largest Tahitian dance competition in Hawaiʻi, the 12th Annual Te Mahana Hiroʻa Tumu O Tahiti on July 6 and 7 showcases the skill of dancers dedicated to preserving the art, culture and traditions of Tahiti.
The 12th Annual Te Manahua; Māori Song and Dance Festival on August 3 and 4 is an enriching whakataetae (competition) which is marked by harmonious melodies, soulful chants and moving dances.
The Haunted Lagoon in October has become Hawaii's premier haunted attraction.
In December, the PCC will deck not just the halls but its nearly entire 42-acre grounds and picturesque lagoon to present "Christmas in Polynesia," a 25-minute canoe ride that winds through a live holiday production.
For more information visit Polynesian Cultural Center, or call the PCC ticket office at (800) 367-7060. On Oʻahu, call 293-3333.
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