Pōuli Magalei Sr.: From town runner to tram driver

Pōuli Magalei Sr. worked intermittently at the Center since 1964. He most recently drove the Laie Tour tram.

[Reprinted from pcc50.com, May 29, 2013; interview and photo by Mike Foley] Pouli Magalei sr. started in 1964, when he came from American Samoa. He worked for two years as a tour guide, usher, and town runner. He left for a while, and came back to work in Security from 1971-72. He returned again about […]

Tui Hunt Ikihega: A PCC “baby”

Tui Kay Hunt was just a baby when she first started "working" at the Center.

Tua Hunt’s mother and father were both working at the Center when she was born . . . and she soon joined them, later returning as a student employee.

Beth McKinnon Hunt: ‘Kiwi & Kangaroo’ days

Beth McKinnon Hunt (of Samoa) in Laie, Hawaii, 2013 (photo by Mike Foley)

Before marrying George Hunt of Samoa, Beth McKinnon Hunt left Australia to attend Church College of Hawaii in 1963, and ended up dancing in the Polynesian Cultural Center night show.

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 […]