The Polynesian Cultural Center - Hawaii's top paid admission attraction - hosted more than 1 million people in 1987, reported Ralph G. Rodgers Jr., presidnet and general manager.
The actual number of visitors to the center during the year totaled 1,001,708, said Rodgers.Since the Cultural Center opened in October 1963, about 18 million people "have experienced its living museum format meeting Pacific islanders in recreated South Pacific villages and enjoying authentic pan-Polynesian performances," said Rodgers.
The center is celebrating its silver anniversary during 1988.
The Polynesian Cultural Center was launched almost 25 years ago as a non-profit activity of the Church and is dedicated to helping preserve the cultural heritage of Polynesia while providing jobs and scholarships for hundreds of students at the adjoining BYU-Hawaii. Since those early years about 15,000 BYU-Hawaii students have helped finance their education by working at the center, said Rodgers.