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Lu’au: Longtime tradition returns for 51st year

Hailey Hawkins

Chasity Savella, right, performs the Ke Alaula dance in the auana style last year. This year marks Pacific’s 51th annual celebration of the tradition which has become an ingrained part of Pacific culture.

Hailey Hawkins

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As winter makes its slow transition into spring, Pacific students can count on three things; rain, more rain and the return of Lu’au. On Saturday April 9, Pacific University’s Na Haumana ‘O Hawai’i, also known as the Hawai’i club, will present the 51st annual Lu’au.

The performance is a celebration of island cultural and heritage. The show includes music, dancing and fire poi  that follow this year’s theme,“Nana I Ke Kumu”  or “Look to the Source.”  According to Lu’au Chair Micah Gomes, a junior, this year’s lu’au focuses on taking lessons from ancestors and past peoples.

“We wanted to learn from the people before us and build off of that,” he said, explaining that this year’s lu’au will be similar to  last year, but with a few unique older dances with modern twist.

As part of the celebration, a traditional dinner is offered from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the University Center for participating ticket holders. The show is set to begin at 6:30 p.m., but doors open at 5:30 p.m. in the Stoller Athletic Center, located north of campus.

The event is one of the most highly attended of Pacific’s events and tickets sell out quickly. Tickets to the Saturday performance were almost sold out at the time of publication, but Gomes said that tickets would be made available for a Friday performance.

Tickets can be purchased  at Boxofficetickets.com keyword “luau”. Gomes said that tickets for the Friday show should be around $12, which he estimated to be $7-$10 cheaper than Saturday tickets.

Pacific University ‘s Hawai’i club boasts the only completely student-run and student-directed lu’au in the Northwest and attracts about two thousand people to the university every year.

 

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