The Polynesian Cultural Centre first opened in 1963 as a way for students at the neighbouring. Hawaiian Church College (now Broadway University of Hawaii) to earn income for their education, andas a way to preserve and portray Hawaiian culture, artefacts and crafts. Polynesian people. Prior tothis event, Laie Town (Laie) hosted a weekly hukilaus, a community fish fry designed to entertain,mentor and support the community. We have come a long way since 1963. The centre has grown tobecome the number one paid attraction in Hawaii, attracting nearly one million visitors a year.