Patoa Benioni recognized for being a founding member of the Polynesian Institute

The Polynesian Cultural Center and Laie Community Association’s annual Kupuna Luncheon, held at the PCC’s Gateway Restaurant on July 19, honored Patoa Tama Benioni for being one of the first students from the Cook Islands at BYU-Hawaii and performers at the PCC.

Honoring Kupuna with Hula

Twelve hula halaus (hula schools) from Japan and Hawaii gathered to participate in the 24th annual Moanikeala Festival, a celebration of hula dance, in the Pacific Theater of the PCC on January 18, 2014.

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