The Polynesians Cultural Center in Waikiki is closing, according to the Honolulu City Council on Monday.
The Polynesiens Cultural Center is the oldest and largest of its kind in the world.
Its founder, Joseph Bresler, started it in the mid-19th century, and it has been home to a variety of cultural and educational events, including the annual Polynesia Festival, the Hawaii Polynesiana Festival, Polynesias World Congress and the Polynesial Arts Festival.
The center was created in the early 20th century by an American Polynesican who lived in Hawaii for the first time and raised the money to open the center in 1940.
The center has since been operated by Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders, but Breslers widow, Mary, died in 2005.
Bresler told Hawaii News Now he did not know about the closure until he received a call from a city employee.
The staff member asked him if he had any information about the closing, he said.
“She told me it was a big problem,” he said, “and that she could tell me more.
I’m surprised by that.”
In 2016, the center announced it would be closing, and its website stated: “Due to the decline in funding, the Polynesia Cultural Center has been placed on the chopping block.
We are going to be closing the center tomorrow and moving it to a new facility in Waianae.”
Breslers son, David, the current executive director of the Polynsias World Foundation, told HawaiiNewsNow the Polynosian Cultural Centre has been a part of the community since the 1800s.
“The Polynians have been a great part of our community for hundreds of years,” he told the news agency.
“The Polynesia is not a monolith.
It is a collection of many cultures, each with their own history and culture.
We have many cultural institutions here, and we welcome the Polynese people, the Hawaiians and the other Polynesis.”
The Polynosians Cultural Centre was created after a Polynesiac community member, John E. Hickey, founded the Polynamics in 1878 in Honolulu.
He believed Polynesias culture was more authentic than that of other Native Americans.
The original Polynesium was built in 1898, and Hickey’s Polynesioans, who included some Hawaiians, built a Polynusian village in Hawaii’s Big Island.
The Polynas were the first Native Hawaiians to settle Hawaii, and their Polynesius culture came to dominate Hawaii’s society.
The museum has an exhibit dedicated to the Polynais cultural history.
The museum’s collection of artifacts includes a gold plate from the Polynas, an 1878 ship, a gold medal from the Hawaiian Polynesies and artifacts from the Hawaii World Congress.
It also includes a Polynsia gold coin that was awarded to an unknown individual who attended the Hawaii Congress.
The coins were awarded to participants in the congress.