Skye Matsuura ’18 stood facing hundreds of students, faculty and staff members, neighbors, and friends gathered in Memorial Fieldhouse for the 48th Annual Spring Lu`au and shouted, “CHEEEEEEHOOOOOO!!!!!!!”
Inviting the crowd to echo each syllable back to her, Skye taught audience members the enthusiastic Hawaiian cheer of approval so they could show their support to the evening’s dancers in the same way locals would on the islands. But really, she was giving them a lesson in the aloha spirit.
Presented by Puget Sound’s Hawai`i student club, Ka `Ohana me ke Aloha, the lu`au is one of the largest celebrations of Polynesian culture in Washington state and features a Hawaiian dinner and a stage show with traditional dances from Pacific Ocean peoples. Not only a delicious buffet and entertaining evening, the event is an opportunity for Hawaiian students to share their cultural history with friends, professors, and the community.