Visitors Become Chefs At Polynesian Cultural Center

Daily demonstrations offer modern ways to make authentic island foods By: Marty Wentzel
Polynesian fare // (c) 2011 Polynesian Cultural Center
Polynesian fare // (c) 2011 Polynesian Cultural Center

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Polynesian Cultural Center
Since it opened in 1963, the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) has been known and loved for its recreated island villages, authentic luau and dazzling live evening show. Now, the visitor experience at the popular attraction just got a little more appetizing.

PCC recently started presenting twice-daily cooking demonstrations, once in its island villages and again in the early evening in its Pacific Marketplace. The demonstrations feature practical, modern techniques for creating savory Polynesian cuisine at home, including tips and tricks for a backyard luau.

“This is the Food Network, Polynesian-style,” said Kealii Haverly, PCC’s director of in-center marketing. “With our new cooking demonstrations, guests can learn how to share the food they enjoyed at the PCC with their ohana [family] back home.

"During the demonstrations, chefs walk guests through an assortment of Polynesian fare, such as laulau, taro and sweet potato chips, and teach them preparation and cooking techniques that are suitable for all skill levels. They call on 1,000-year-old recipes which have been adapted to work in almost any kitchen — no imu (underground oven) required.

The cooking demos are a great example of PCC’s overall mission, said Raymond Magalei, PCC’s director of marketing.

“PCC depicts seven island cultures and more than 15 million square miles of the vast South Pacific,” Magalei said. “Our island villages provide a glimpse into these diverse and fascinating cultures. Guests can visit the center, then take what they learned and teach their friends and family about Polynesian culture.”

Clients will find PCC on Oahu’s north shore.
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