The Polynesian Cultural Center is replacing their current 1200 W spots with SGM G-Spot moving heads
At the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) in Hawaii, Richard Sidal operates as Theatrical Computer System Analyst, handling all computerized lighting systems as well as maintenance, installations and programming of some of the shows. Currently, he is also working on upgrades for the theaters and Luau venues, which includes a comprehensive fixture replacement that started last year.
After experiencing a lot of issues and constant breakdowns and repairs of their 1200 W spots, despite the fact that they were placed under protective domes, PCC decided it was time to renew the lighting rig. Situated close to the sea, Sidal is well aware of the challenges of the site:
“We are an outdoor venue and very close to the sea. Sea breeze carries a lot of salt and moisture ruining all metal parts as well as high humidity. Plus the show uses lots of flames and the oil residue goes right into the fixtures. When I first saw the SGM G-Spot, it was in a pool of water with water dripping from the top. That was exactly what I wanted, something that was sealed and waterproof. Something that would stop moisture and salty air from corroding the lights.”
Brent Pritchett from 4Wall Entertainment first introduced Sidal and his team to the G-Spot at LDI 2014, after which Technical Service Manager Sakaraia Yalimaiwai quickly placed the first order for IP65-rated seawater resistant G-Spots. Sidal had the pleasure of installing the first G-Spot units together with Lighting Technician, George Pasi, before Pasi sadly passed away.
With 12 G-Spots installed last summer for the amphitheatre, Pacific Theater, which is also the main venue for the Evening Show, PCC is looking to add another 12 units to their stock this summer. “We are planning to eventually have 48 G-Spots in the show to replace all our movers,” Sidal confirmed. He continued:
“My favorite feature is that the G-Spot is IP65-rated, and I am happy with the way it has worked for us with our weather conditions here in Hawaii. It is doing well on rainy days and handles all the smoke well. In Hawaii, when it rains, it rains sideways. The sea breeze pushes the rain inside your theater and usually the outer truss is dripping with water. With our current moving heads, I usually lose about three when it rains hard – even with the weather domes. The SGM G-Spots have been working even with all the rain. It is a much needed relief for me to know that I can have all my fixtures working during our show.”
PCC has attended a product-training seminar at SGM Inc. in Orlando led by Technical Supporter Matthew Huffman. Experiencing an increasing interest from the install market and an overall growth of SGM Inc., Director Filippo Frigeri stated: “It’s great to be able to offer our customers high quality products while reducing the need and costs for maintenance.”
Maintenance is always an issue for lighting professionals. It takes up valuable time and resources, but now Sidal has found a great solution with his newly acquired G-Spots:
“The G-Spots are easier for us to clean, since all my technician has to do is spray it down with water. I also like the amazing colors I can get from it. The LED color is addictive, so I tend to get more light instead of losing it compared to our previous equipment. The beam also is pretty even and I don't have to worry a lot about hot spots.”
PCC is open all year round, six days a week. Close to a million visitors a year experience the exceptional Hawaiian entertainment and cultural presentation of the Polynesian Islands through their daily action-packed show called HA-Breath of Life which now features the latest lighting technology from SGM.
Richard Sidal, Theatrical Computer System Analyst at PCC
Richard Sidal extends his gratitude to his team members at PCC:
Edre Wong, Amitesh Singh, Unaloto Vaka, Ana Uelese, Ryan Kumar, David Muti and Billy Aura.