"Many people recognize the Polynesian Islands as a vacation getaway destination. This annual festival is a way to expand knowledge by sharing, educating, promoting, and preserving ancient, traditional, interpretive and modern aspects of Polynesian culture and heritage."
Thank you for supporting our mission to preserve, promote, share and educate the public about the Polynesian Culture by coming out today. Our annual festival will once again offer all the entertainment and activities that festival-goers have come to expect, experiencing the dynamic array of ethnic identities, traditions, cultural expressions and artistry of Polynesian people from Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, and New Zealand (Maoris). If you've attended before, welcome back! If this is your first time, "E komo mai, e noho mai, e ài a e, wala àu" - Come in, come sit, eat and talk!
TAMA LEAO Founder/President
Board of Directors
Director of Entertainment
Tama Leao Jr.
Director of Operations
Social Media, Marketing Strategy
Mary Hope Schwoebel
PCA -Founder, President & Artistic Director
Tama is a well- known as a Polynesian musician, drummer, singer and dancer. He is the producer and director of the Tama Leao Polynesian Production and has taken his troupe for performances throughout the United States. He is an advocate on behalf of Pacific Islanders and supports the work of Polynesian artists and performing groups. Tama manages the PCA program activities oversees the organization’s legal matters, fundraisers and linkages with Polynesian artists. Tama is a native of Polynesia and fluent in the Samoan and Hawaiian languages.
Ernest E. Brown
PCA Vice President/Chief Financial Office
A retired corporate Vice-President, Ernie has extensive experience in the corporate world and fund raising for non-profit organizations. He is able to provide objective advice to PCA board and staff that will enable to move the organization toward program effectiveness and financial stability. Ernie joined the PCA staff in FY 2009 and is currently developing a fund raising strategy and an organizational structure that will effectively support PCA’s mission statement. Ernie is a native of mainland United States.
Master Dance Teacher/Polynesian Costume Designer
Luisa has been teaching dances and performs for the Tama Leao Polynesian Productions for many years. She is a PCA Artist In-Residence who is in charge of bringing together Polynesian dancers and working closely with musicians/drummers to develop and rehearse performances/workshop demonstrations. Luisa designs and makes Polynesian dance costumes, strings leis and bead work. She is a native of Samoa.
Polynesian Musician, Singer and Composer
Dan joined PCA in 2009 is now an Artist In-Residence. He plays the guitar and ukulele and island, sings and composes Hawaiian music. Kava plays with the PCA Band and performs regularly at PCA’s events and program activities. He is well-versed in Polynesian culture and provides insights on how to bring the ancient, traditional and modern Polynesian expressions to PCA programs. Can be seen on youtube.
Tama Leao Jr.
PCA Board Member, Drummer, Dancer
Tama’s artistry in the Polynesian performing arts is well-known in the community, particularly in demonstrating his skill as a Samoan Fire Dancer. He has been performing since he was a small child and is known for his creative
interpretation of Polynesian dances. Tama is one of PCA’s dedicated board director and an asset in the process of keeping the culture alive in the everyday lives of Polynesians. Tama’s heritage is Samoan and Hawaiian. He is a firefighter and paramedic on the Pompano Beach Fire Dept. and holds the rank of Lieutenant.
Nani Maka Maloney
Master Dance Teacher
Nani has been a dedicated member since 2003 when PCA was established. She has been instrumental in helping the organization achieve its educational goals. As a traditional “hula” dancer, Nani is one of PCA’s guest performers and serves as a curator for the PCA portable exhibit during festivals and special events. Nani is skillful in teaching and interacting with children and adult learners.
Dr. Mary Hope Schwoebel
Dr. Mary Hope Schwoebel is a professor in the Department of Conflict Resolution Studies at Nova Southeastern University. During her three decade long career in international affairs she worked in South America, Africa, Middle East, South Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific. She has been a student of Polynesian dance and culture for 30 years
The Polynesian Culture Band
The PCA Band was formed in 2008 and recorded its first CD in 2009. The band consists of individual Polynesian musicians that have pledged their time and commitment to assist the organization in producing a well-rounded entertainment for the Annual Festival.