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Mickey Mouse, Stevie Wonder + 21 Other Famous Visitors to the Polynesian Cultural Center


Musicians

Elvis Presley

In 1966, the famous singer spent a week at the Polynesian Cultural Center, filming his movie Paradise, Hawaiian Style. He even transposed the center's signature song, Bula Laie, into a song used in his production, Drums of the Island. He would later return for another visit.

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Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder, blind almost since birth, was called a child prodigy. A prolific musician, he has received 25 Grammy awards and sold over 100 million records worldwide. Here he is pictured with some of the tour guides at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

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Johnny Mathis

Another of the early famous visitors to the Polynesian Cultural Center, Johnny Mathis (center) has over a dozen gold or platinum albums and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame three times. 

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Sports and Politics

Karl Malone

Best known as a former player for the Utah Jazz, Karl Malone also played basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers. Here he poses for a picture with some employees at the Polynesian Cultural Center, where he likely visited while at a training camp with the Lakers in the early 2000s.

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Jackie Kennedy

Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy is here pictured at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Mrs. Kennedy stayed in Hawaii for several weeks in the mid-60s, a few years after her husband was shot.

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Pat Nixon

One of the most-traveled First Ladies, Pat Nixon appears to have stopped by the Polynesian Cultural Center sometime in the later 1960s/early 1970s.

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Lynda Bird Johnson

The daughter of President Johnson was one of the Polynesian Cultural Center's earliest celebrity visitors and enjoyed "rubbing noses with Maori children" at the center.

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