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Polynesian Cultural Center Leader Knows Value of Education and Work

New Zealand-born CEO of the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC), Alfred Grace, knows what it’s like to struggle to pay the bills as a young university student. 

What helped him, as a student at Brigham Young University-Hawaii in the 1980’s, was the opportunity to work part-time at the PCC, next door to the university.

Mr Grace, who was named president and chief executive officer of the PCC earlier this year, first started working at the popular tourist attraction when he enrolled at BYU-Hawaii in 1983 on a rugby scholarship. 

Some of his jobs at the PCC included dancer, trolley driver, farm hand, tour guide, and stage technician.

“I was able to work my way through school and graduate without college debt,” he says.  “It was a blessing and a wonderful experience.”


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