Spring Lu`au Brings Aloha to Tacoma

April 5, 2010

TACOMA, Wash. – The annual Spring Lu`au at University of Puget Sound is special this year—it will mark  40 years that students from the Pacific Islands have shared their warm, rich culture with the Tacoma community. The Hawaiian dinner, stage show, music, and traditional costumes attract about a thousand attendees each year to one of the biggest public celebrations of Pacific Island culture in the state.

The Spring Lu`au will be held on Saturday, April 17, with dinner in Wheelock Student Center and the show in Memorial Fieldhouse on campus. There will be dinner sittings at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific Islander dancing and music will start on stage in the fieldhouse at 8 p.m.  See below for more details.

The event this year is titled “O Ko M?kou ‘Ohana Ko ‘Oukou ‘Ohana”, which translates as “Our Family is Your Family.” The theme was chosen to commemorate the 40th anniversary and to invite participants to reflect on a historic tradition that has created better understanding between several cultures and between hundreds of Pacific Islander students, their peers, and their neighbors.

 “For 40 years members of the Tacoma community, from all walks of life, have come together to share in the expression of aloha, or ‘love,’ and ‘ohana, or ‘family’ that characterizes the lu`au,” said co-organizer and senior Amanda Taniguchi. “We would be honored and delighted if you would join us in celebrating this joyous occasion.”

The event, organized by the Hui O Hawai`i club on campus, will feature music from the band Na Leo O Hawai`i. Dances on stage will include the Kahiko (traditional) hula, the more modern Auana hula, and typical dances of the Tahitians and the Maoris of New Zealand. The performances include ritual face-painting, grass skirts, the malo (loincloth), and colorful island dresses. The dinner of traditional island cuisine will include kalua pig, lomi lomi salmon, poi, haupia, long rice, pineapple, and, this year, two vegan dishes, mushroom long rice and pineapple stir fry.

For more information or to purchase tickets send an email message to luautix@pugetsound.edu. Tickets also will be available at the door.

When:    Saturday, April 17, 2010

Where:   Luau Dinner: 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Wheelock Student Center
               Luau Show: 8 p.m. in Memorial Fieldhouse, N. 11th Street and Union Avenue

Tickets: General Admission
              Combo show and dinner: $21
              Show only: $11
              Dinner only: $14

              Puget Sound campus members, seniors (55+),children (aged 5–12), groups of 10+
              Combo show and dinner: $17
              Show only: $8
              Dinner only: $11

(Children 4 years old and under enter free)

For directions and a map of the campus: www.pugetsound.edu/directions.xml

Press-quality photos of the Spring Luau are available on request.

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