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Weekly Update for August 31, 2022

Mahalo Bash


Article #1: Netflix Documentary Team Visit the Center! 

Submitted by: Eric E. Workman, Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer 

Night Show Scene

Our talented performers in the HĀ: Breath of Life show

Director and Producer Blair Treu and Executive Producer Jim Rutherford are visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center to assist in planning and creating a documentary about the Center and its amazing employees! Treu directed the highly successful documentary Meet the Mormons and has worked all over the world! He has been awarded numerous industry awards for his work. Rutherford has won many awards for his productions, including an Emmy. He has produced music videos for legendary artists, like Beyoncé, and has worked on multiple major productions. Both Treu and Rutherford are members of the Directors Guild of America. 

Want to help with this exciting project? Do you know anyone who has or is currently working at the Polynesian Cultural Center, someone with an exciting, interesting, or inspiring backstory? 

As we work on creating a proposal to develop a multi-episode miniseries for Netflix and/or other channels featuring a behind-the-scenes look at Hawaii’s #1 Show (HĀ: Breath of Life) and/or “Favorite Visitor Attraction” (The Center), we want to highlight the exciting lives of our employees, both past and present. We need to know about anyone with a good story—stories of how and where they grew up, what brought them to the Center or BYU-Hawaii, their experience here, etc. Many of our lives seem plain and maybe even boring to us, but to millions of mainland or international viewers, your lives are extraordinary and exciting.  

Please point us in the right direction towards people we can talk to and possibly feature or tell their story in the miniseries.  

Contact Elder or Sister Rigby, our Docuseries Project Leaders, if you have leads, ideas or questions.  

Sister Sandra Rigby: RigbyS@polynesia.com or (801) 580-2325 

Elder Randy Rigby: RigbyR@polynesia.com or (801) 580-2225 

We live in a very unique community and work at an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind place where cultural divides are minimized, education is prized, kindness is key, and Aloha is lived. The world needs to see that such a place exists and that it is a place they can visit and perhaps take a bit of it home with them. We can share our light with a broader world audience. We need your help to do this well.  

Mahalo for any help you can offer.