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Polynesian Cultural Center and UCCC celebrate spirit of Polynesia

Thursday, July 18, 20131271 views

Get ready for the luau of a lifetime as performers from Hawaii visit friends in West Valley to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Polynesian Cultural Center.

If you have ever vacationed in Hawaii, you may be familiar with the PCC, located on the north shore of the island of Oahu. A unique location that celebrates the culture and traditions of the Pacific Islands, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

According to PCC Manager of Marketing Seth Casey, bringing to Utah the celebration of the center’s 50th anniversary, which they will officially be celebrating in Hawaii this October, made sense for many reasons.

“We have a large number of PCC alumni that now live in Utah and in the West Valley area,” he said. “So, it made sense to us to bring the celebration there and honor the people who brought our facility to where it is today.”

More than 25 performers and staff will come to West Valley from Hawaii. After participating in the Days of ’47 Parade, the group will then put on two special performances at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, located at 1355 West 3100 South, on July 25 and 26.

The show, titled “Ha: Breath of Life” will feature Polynesian drums, dance, music and, of course, the ever-popular fire knife performance.

“This is known as the most popular performance that people enjoy at the PCC,” Casey said. “So, to bring the entire performance 3,000 miles and perform it just the same as we would in Hawaii is something unique.”

Past performers living in West Valley and the surrounding areas will also be invited to take part in the performance and the night’s festivities.

Having this 50th anniversary celebration in West Valley’s Utah Cultural Celebration Center is, according to Casey “a perfect fit” because of the missions of both institutions.

“The idea of positively portraying cultural diversity is definitely something we both have in common,” he said. “It is a great to partner with the UCCC, and we couldn’t ask for a better, more beautiful facility to host a show like this.”

Tickets for the shows, which begin at 7:30 p.m., are $10 each and can be purchased in advance at or at the UCCC box office the night of the show.

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