TACOMA, Wash. – Grass skirts and sunglasses are optional at the upcoming Spring Luau, where neighbors and visitors to University of Puget Sound can enjoy a soul-warming night of Hawaiian food, music, and exotic dance.
The annual Spring Lu`au will be held Saturday, April 13, with dinner in Wheelock Student Center and the stage show in Memorial Fieldhouse. Dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m., and the performance, with traditional costumes and dance, will begin at 8 p.m. See below for ticket details and a map of campus.
The traditional island food and colorful entertainment of this event attract nearly 1,000 people each year, making it one of the biggest public celebrations of Pacific Island culture in the state. The theme for the Hui O Hawai`i student club’s 43rd annual Spring Lu`au is P?p?kahi I Holomua, which means “United to Move Forward.”
"There is a large population of students who grew up in Hawai`i that attend Puget Sound, and it is wonderful to have this home away from home here in the Pacific Northwest,” said Lu`au co-chair Kariann Lee ’13, who is leading the event committee with co-chairs Vanessa Corwin ’13 and Patti Connors ’14.
“The Spring Lu`au is a special cultural event that we have the pleasure of sharing with our fellow peers, faculty, staff and the local community. The lu`au is an opportunity to join together to share and participate in the cultural significance of our dance, and we invite you to enjoy this evening with us."
Music will be provided by the band Na Leo O Hawai`i. The show will include about a dozen dances from cultures including Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, and Maori, as well as ritual face-painting, grass skirts, the malo (loincloth), and colorful island dresses. The dinner will include kalua pig, huli huli chicken, lomi lomi salmon, macaroni salad, poi, chicken long rice, haupia, pineapple, and a vegan dish pineapple stir fry.
Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 25 and are available in advance or at the door. For more information send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Where: Lu`au dinner: 6 to 8 p.m. in Wheelock Student Center at University of Puget Sound
Lu`au show: 8 p.m. in Memorial Fieldhouse, N. 11th Street and Union Avenue
Tickets: General admission: Combo show and dinner: $23
Show only: $12
Dinner only: $15
Puget Sound campus members, seniors (65+), and those 17 and under:
Combo show and dinner: $19
Show only: $9
Dinner only: $12
(Children 4 years old and under enter free)
Tickets can be ordered in advance beginning Monday, March 25 and also will be available at the door.
To pay with a credit card call Wheelock Information Center at 253.879.6013. (Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–11 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.)
To order online go to http://tickets.pugetsound.edu.
For payment by check, provide details of your name, email address, phone number, and the tickets that you want. Make the check payable to Hui O Hawai`i and mail to:
ASUPS Special Events and Hui O Hawai`i
University of Puget Sound, CMB 1017
1500 N. Warner St.
Tacoma, WA 98416-1017
Tickets can be picked up on the day of the Lu`au from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Information Center in Wheelock Student Center, or from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the box office at Memorial Fieldhouse.
Press Photos can be downloaded from: www.pugetsound.edu/pressphotos
Photos on page: Previous Spring Lu`aus. Photos by Ross Mulhausen.