New Voyage Halau to open Polynesian Cultural Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii, will open its just-completed Halau Wa'a, or canoe house of learning, in the Hawaiian village June 28. The centerpiece of the $2.65 million project is the Iosepa, a wood double-hulled voyaging canoe.

Daily interactive activities such as learning to navigate using a star compass, knot-tying and voyage preparation provide guests with a better understanding of the techniques and traditions behind Polynesian voyaging. Other highlights include a cultural presentation featuring the Polynesian migration story and a guided walking tour around the Iosepa.

Construction of the Halau Wa'a began in November 2007. Donors Mark Willes, president of the board of directors for the PCC, and Ira Fulton are the primary benefactors of the project.

The 57-foot canoe was commissioned and hand-carved out of dakua wood from Fiji in 2001 through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, under the direction of master carvers Kawika Eskaran and Sione Tui'one Pulotu.

For more information or to make reservations, call the Polynesian Cultural Center ticket office at 800-367-7060 or visit polynesia.com.

S. Virginia conference June 6-7

"Living After the Manner of Happiness," the Southern Virginia University education conference, will be held June 6 and 7 at the university's campus in Buena Vista, Va.

Speakers include Elder Joe J. Christensen, an emeritus general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; author Jeff Benedict; Ardeth G. Kapp, former Young Women general president; Sharon G. Larsen, former second counselor in the Young Women general presidency; Bruce Olsen, managing director of LDS Church Public Affairs, and wife Christine Olsen; Lawrence R. Flake, BYU professor, and wife Elaine Flake; Chieko N. Okazaki, former first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency; James L. Ferrell, author of "The Peacegiver."

For more details and to register, go to svu.edu and click on Education Conference or call 540-261-8453.

Ensign wards' reunion is June 27

Former members of the East Ensign and Ensign 3rd wards are invited to a reunion June 27 at the pavilion of the Brighton Stake Center, 2895 Creek Road, Cottonwood Heights. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will feature a potluck dinner. For more information, call John Josephson at 801-942-3338 or Kathy Olsen at 801-355-0301.

Want to walk Battalion trail?

Starting July 5, a small group of history enthusiasts will walk the Mormon Battalion's trail from Iowa to California. This year's "Battalion trek" will be the first to cover the entire 2,000-mile route and will take eight months to complete.

Trek organizers have planned several levels of participation for ancestors of the Battalion, history buffs, families, church youths, school and Scout groups. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservation forms, trek schedule and additional information are available at battaliontrek.com. Send inquiries to info@battaliontrek.com.