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Cook Islands exhibit opens at Polynesian Cultural Center


    Members of the Cook Islands National Arts Theatre will perform at the Polynesian Cultural Center this month through Aug. 24.

The Polynesian Cultural Center will unveil a new exhibit Monday that showcases the people and culture of the Cook Islands.

A Cook Islands “village” will be erected on the grounds of the Laie tourist attraction, with accompanying art displays and cultural presentations by a 17-member troupe from the Cook Islands National Arts Theatre that is traveling to Oahu for the exhibit’s run.

Comprising 15 islands in the South Pacific with a total land area of approximately 100 square miles, the archipelago is located about 3,000 miles south of Honolulu. The native culture is perpetuated through music, dance, tattoos, woodcarving, weaving and painting.

The new Cook Islands showcase will be open from noon to 5 p.m. daily (except Sundays) through Aug. 24 at the Polynesian Culture Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway. General admission is $59.95, $47.96 for children ages 4 to 11. Visit for information and to purchase tickets.

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