The Polynesian Cultural Center hosted a 55th anniversary concert on Saturday, Oct. 20. The event celebrated Polynesian culture and identity. It was hosted free of charge for members of the Ohana club, who were also given the opportunity to win free T-shirts and water bottles.
The concert featured Kimié Miner, the Mana'o Company, and Rebel SoulJahz. Miner is a self-taught songwriter and guitarist who has been writing songs since the age of 14. She has produced two full-length albums, entitled “Proud as the Sun” and “Kimié Miner.” Drawing her inspiration from her home is what she said enhances her identity as a Hawaiian.
“The PCC’s motto is ‘One Ohana Sharing Aloha,’ and this concert was able to celebrate over half a century of that motto being practiced,” Miner said. “We are living in a golden age, where we can express our identities as Polynesians and tell the world who we are, which I think is a beautiful thing.”
Miner performed for the first half of the concert, singing a selection of songs from her new album “Proud as the Sun.” She continued by singing “You Are My Sunshine” to her young daughter.
Shauni Bradley, a freshman from Utah majoring in psychology, attended the concert. She said, “I thought it was so great they’re making this free for the public. I’ve only been here for two months but the PCC does an amazing job with these shows. I like how it’s the celebration of Polynesian culture and allows us as an audience to see what the fullness of it.
“One of the performers said that we’re living in a Polynesian renaissance. The cultures that used to be oppressed can now show who they really are, which is what the PCC is all about.”
During the performances, prizes such as T-shirts and water bottles were given away randomly to guests.
Sarah Francis, a freshman from Connecticut majoring in elementary education, said she loved the concert, and she thought it was “important to celebrate Polynesian culture because it unites communities all across the islands, and even though it celebrates Polynesian cultures, it’s a wake-up call to myself and others. We should all celebrate our cultural heritage with just as much pride and love, and never forget about where we came from.”