Polynesian Cultural Center Partners with the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame on Draft Day Event to Honor Polynesian Athletes

Polynesian Football Hall of Fame to Recognize the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Important Role in Preserving and Perpetuating Traditional Polynesian Culture

Hawaiian Airlines and Courtyard Marriott Oahu North Shore to Raffle Two Round-trip Tickets to Honolulu, a 3-night Stay in Laie and 2 VIP Passes to the PCC

LAIE, Hawaii--()--The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC), a non-profit organization that protects and preserves Polynesian culture to share with visitors from around the world, will host, along with the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame (PFHoF) a draft day luau on Friday, April 28 in Philadelphia.

Special guests for the event include:

  • Ken Niumatalolo, Head Football Coach, United States Naval Academy
  • Vai Sikahema, Former NFL Football Player; Board Member, PFHoF; NBC10 Philadelphia News Anchor
  • P. Alfred Grace, CEO of the Polynesian Cultural Center

The PFHoF will recognize the PCC for its contributions to Polynesian culture, and particularly, Polynesian youth – hundreds of whom are able to attend college thanks to the PCC’s I-WORK program that employs part-time approximately 500 college students. PCC also employs an additional 250 part-time students from the mainland, connecting with them with their Polynesian roots.

Hawaiian Airlines, which is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its direct flight from New York to Honolulu this year, will raffle off two round-trip tickets to Oahu at the Draft Day Luau. The raffle prize includes a three-night stay at the Courtyard Marriott Oahu North Shore that is conveniently located next to the PCC, and two VIP tickets to the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC).

The Draft Day Luau will feature authentic Polynesian dishes prepared by the Executive Chef of Pounders Restaurant at the Polynesian Cultural Center, Felix Tai, and the luau style food will be served pupu style at the event. Several PCC Cultural Ambassadors and friends of the PCC will provide entertainment and will include, among other things, authentic music, Tongan drumming, Samoan slap dancing, and Tahitian hula dancing.

For more information, and to RSVP for the event, please contact Susan Surillo at PCC-Luau@coltrin.com or call 212-221-1616.

ABOUT THE POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER

Located on Oahu’s beautiful North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC), owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the only cultural tourist attraction of its kind in the world and a favorite of all visitors to Hawaii. An engaging, interactive celebration showcasing the people, culture, arts and crafts of Polynesia, the PCC has entertained more than 39 million visitors from around the world in its first 50 years (1963-2013). A non-profit organization, 100 percent of PCC’s revenue goes to daily operations and to support the education of its student-employees from neighboring Brigham Young University-Hawaii.

ABOUT THE POLYNESIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honors Polynesia’s greatest players, coaches and contributors. It also serves as a resource for Polynesian football history, provides academic scholarships and supports educational programs for Polynesian youth. Its permanent home is located at the Polynesian Cultural Center (O’ahu’s North Shore) and was established in 2013 by Super Bowl Champions Jesse Sapolu and Ma’a Tanuvasa. Other board members include Troy Polamalu, Vai Sikahema, June Jones and Reno Mahe. For more information, visit www.PolynesianFootballHOF.org.

ABOUT HAWAIIAN AIRLINES

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Now in its 88th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai'i's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. Mainland.

Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai'i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.
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Contacts

Coltrin & Associates, on behalf of the Polynesian Cultural Center
Caleb Cluff, 212-221-1616
Caleb_Cluff@coltrin.com

Contacts

Coltrin & Associates, on behalf of the Polynesian Cultural Center
Caleb Cluff, 212-221-1616
Caleb_Cluff@coltrin.com