L?'IE, Hawai'i, Jan. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --
The Polynesian Cultural Center today honored the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020 inductees with a cultural-based Enshrinement Ceremony before family, friends and fans.
The Enshrinement Ceremony festivities featured a presentation of diverse cultural traditions including the sound of the pu (triton conch shell) and multi-cultural dance performance. In addition, the warriors representing the Center's six island villages ? Hawaii, Samoa, Aotearoa, Tahiti, Tonga, and Fiji ? welcomed the honorees and guests.
Jesse Sapolu, chairman, co-founder and inductee of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame said, "I want to congratulate our Class of 2020 inductees. It is an honor to present you with this legendary award that recognizes your contributions both on and off the field. You are more than talented football stars; you are the inspiration for those who share your passion and are paving the way for future athletes to follow your footsteps and succeed."
2020 Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Inductees:
David Tukatahi Dixon (Maori ancestry)
Frank Manumaleuga (Samoan ancestry)
Haloti Ngata (Tongan ancestry)
Dominic Raiola (Hawaiian ancestry)
2019 Polynesian College Football Co-Players of the Year:
Penei Sewell (Samoan ancestry)
Tua Tagovailoa (Samoan ancestry)
2019 Polynesian Pro Football Player of the Year:
Ronnie Stanley (Tongan ancestry)
Alfred Grace, President and CEO of the Polynesian Cultural Center commented, "It is an absolute honor to welcome and witness the 2020 class be inducted into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. As Polynesian football legends, their stories will be proudly be displayed amongst fellow legends for anyone to walk through these halls and be inspired by their great achievements and signing records."
As a tribute to Polynesia's greatest football players, coaches and contributors, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame exhibit at the Polynesian Cultural Center showcases the achievements of the seven classes and 36 inductees with plaques, photos, mementos, interactive displays and more that dates back to 2014. The Polynesian College Football Player of the Year and Polynesian Pro Football Player of the Year are also honored in the exhibit.
In a collaboration between the Polynesian Cultural Center and Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, the exhibit serves as a permanent resource to preserve and promote Polynesian Football history. As a non-profit organization, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame provides college scholarships designated for student-athletes of Polynesian ancestry to be awarded to the alma mater of each inductee, helping to promote educational programs focusing on character and teamwork for youth within the Polynesian community and other initiatives positively benefiting Polynesian culture and heritage. To support these efforts, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame donated a total of 1,000 Enshrinement Ceremony tickets to local high school football teams.
The Hall of Fame exhibit is located in the Polynesian Cultural Center's guest orientation area adjacent to the Hukilau Marketplace. Admission is free and open to the public during regular operational hours.
For more information about the Polynesian Cultural Center, visit Polynesia.com or call (808) 293-3333. For more information about the PHFOF, visit PolynesianFootballHOF.org.
ABOUT POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER
Located on Oahu's beautiful North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center is the only cultural tourist attraction of its kind in the world and a favorite of all visitors to Hawaii. An engaging, interactive celebration showcasing the people, culture, arts and crafts of Polynesia, the Center has entertained millions of visitors from around the world since opening in 1963. A non-profit organization, 100 percent of the Center's revenue goes to daily operations and to support the education of its student-employees from neighboring Brigham Young University-Hawaii. For more information, visit http://www.Polynesia.com.
ABOUT POLYNESIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honors Polynesia's greatest players, coaches and contributors. It also serves as a resource for Polynesian football history, provides academic scholarships and supports educational programs for Polynesian youth. Its permanent home is located at the Polynesian Cultural Center (Laie on Oahu's North Shore) and was established in 2013 by Super Bowl Champions Jesse Sapolu and Ma'a Tanuvasa. Other board members include Troy Polamalu, Vai Sikahema, June Jones and Reno Mahe. For more information, visit http://www.PolynesianFootballHOF.org.
SOURCE Polynesian Cultural Center
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