Polynesian HOF Announces New Home at the Polynesian Cultural Center
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At a glance:
- New home of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame will be located at the Polynesian Cultural Center, one of Hawai’i’s largest tourist destinations.
- The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame permanent exhibit will share the history of Polynesian football and honor its greatest players, coaches and contributors.
- Scheduled to open January 2015, the cost of the project will be several hundred thousand dollars.
LAI’E, HI (January 24, 2014) – The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame (PFHOF) announced today that its new home will be located at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC). The permanent exhibit will share the history of Polynesian football and honor its greatest players, coaches and contributors.
As part of this historic partnership, both the PFHOF and the PCC will contribute substantial funds and resources to the project. Scheduled to open January 2015, the costs including construction and marketing will be several hundred thousand dollars. The exhibit will be located at the entrance of the highly popular Ha Theater. Other partnership highlights include plans to develop youth and community educational initiatives and to hold future Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremonies exclusively at the PCC.
“This is a significant moment and historic day for all who love Polynesia and football,” said Jesse Sapolu, Chairman & Co-Founder of the PFHOF. “Our new home at the Polynesian Cultural Center will allow us to share with future generations the incredible journey and impact of Polynesian football players.”
“We sincerely thank the Polynesian Cultural Center for joining us in our mission to provide a platform for Polynesian football lore,” said Ma’a Tanuvasa, Vice-Chairman & Co-Founder of the PFHOF. “The PCC is the perfect home for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.”
Celebrating over 50 years of cultural education and entertainment, the Polynesian Cultural Center, a non-profit organization, has entertained more than 37 million visitors by preserving and portraying the spirit, culture and people of Polynesia to the rest of the world. Founded in 1963, the PCC features a 42-acre facility located on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawai’i.
“The bond between football and Polynesia is historic and strong,” said Alfred Grace, President of the PCC. “We are truly excited that the new and permanent home for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame will be at the Polynesian Cultural Center.”
About the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame serves as a resource for Polynesian Football history and will provide college scholarships for student-athletes of Polynesian ancestry and educational programs for Polynesian youth. On January 23, 2014, football legends Kurt Gouveia, Olin Kreutz, Kevin Mawae, Junior Seau, Jack Thompson, Herman Wedemeyer and Ken Niumatalolo were enshrined as the Inaugural Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class.
About the Polynesian Cultural Center
The only cultural tourist attraction of its kind in the world and a favorite of all visitors to Hawaii, the Polynesian Cultural Center is celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. An engaging, interactive celebration showcasing the people, culture, arts and crafts of Polynesia, the PCC has entertained more than 37 million visitors from around the world in its first 50 years. 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.
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