Polynesian Cultural Center Celebrates 50 Years of Education
Over 50 years ago, volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began transforming 12 acres of former taro root fields on the northeast shore of Oahu, Hawaii, into a center representing the cultures of South Pacific nations. This past week, the now 42-acre Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) celebrated a half-century of sharing Polynesian heritage and facilitating the education of students from around the world.
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles attended some of the 50th anniversary festivities and noted that although the center may be known to some solely as a cultural attraction, its focus is education.
“The whole reason for the Polynesian Cultural Center is to enable students to get an education,” Elder Nelson said.