Brent Malolo: Canoe dancer, night show performer

Aiolupo Brent Lafoga-Tonumaipea Malolo is originally from Samoa, but now lives in Mesa, Arizona.

Malolo grew up in a small village on the Samoan island of Savai’i, and went to school in the capital and near Wellington, New Zealand, before attending BYU–Hawaii and working at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Sione Milford got ‘immersed’ in Tongan culture

Sione Milford, Tongan culture ambassador, then Samoan Village "chief"

[Reprinted from a 2017 PCC blog story and photo by Mike Foley] Sione Milford is currently the Samoan Village “chief,” but when he first came to Laie he worked in the Tongan Village — and some native Tongans didn’t realize that the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Tongan culture ambassador at that time was Samoan. Of course, all […]

Center hosts Sāmoa Head of State

Samoa Head of State, 2011

[Reprinted from Church News, September 27, 2011] LAIE, Hawaii — The Polynesian Cultural Center hosted the Head of State of Samoa, His Highness Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi, his wife the Masiofo Filifilia Tamasese and traveling party on September 21, 2011, with traditional Samoan and Polynesian protocol, entertainment, the giving of gifts and fine mats, and feasting in […]