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59th Annual Lu’au

Preparations for the community event are in full swing as date gets near

Shelby Cokeley, Editor-in-Chief

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Hula dance practice in the Multi Purpose Room, fireknife throwing and spinning on Marsh lawn and a hole just big enough for a traditional Hawaiian pig roast by the volleyball court. This rare combination can only mean one thing. Pacific University’s 59th Annual Lū`au is almost here.

Hosted by Pacific’s Hawai‘i Club, Nā Haumāna O Hawai`i (NHOH), the 2019 Lū`au will take place on Saturday, April 13 on the university’s Forest Grove Campus.

Tickets for the lū`au are still available for online advance purchase, though NHOH Vice President, Anthony Ward encourages those interested in attending to purchase tickets without pause.

“If students or community members want to purchase tickets, we have posters all around campus and Forest Grove as well as some in Hillsboro,” Ward said. “You can also find the link to purchase tickets on NHOH’s webpage on Pacific’s website, but hurry because tickets are selling out fast!”

Ticket prices range from $29 to $40, depending on both seating and dinner choice. Though there are additional discounts available for children, seniors and Pacific community members.

Students also have the opportunity to snag a free lū`au ticket by offering their volunteer services. Volunteers are needed at the front of house to help seat and serve dinner to guests on the evening of the event. The same can be said for behind the scenes, as food service is also looking for more volunteers to plate all of the authentic Hawaiian food being served.

Beyond dinner, those in attendance will be greeted by the same exhilarating performances as years past in addition to new dances and a new theme incorporating more educational aspects of lū`au. So after one too many slices of coconut cake, attendees can assuredly sit back and become immersed in the unique Hawaiian culture that finds a home at Pacific.

However, if individuals are unable to attend lū`au, that does not mean they have to miss out on all of the festivities. According NHOH leaders, the entire day of lū`au will be filled with opportunities to experience and learn about Hawaii and its culture.

“NHOH will be having a concession stand on the day of the show,” Ward said. “There will also be a country store that day which sells a large variety of popular Hawaiian snacks, as well as apparel for sale.”

NHOH encourages all who are able to become involved and enjoy the rich culture, artistry and cuisine Hawaii brings to the community at this years event.

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