Pacific University's Hawai'i Club, Ná Haumána O Hawai`i, will present its 57th annual Lu`au at the Forest Grove campus on Saturday, April 8. Ticket prices range from $15 to $39, depending on seating and dinner choice. They go on sale Sunday, March 5, and can be purchased online at boxofficetickets.com.
The event annually sells out and the public is strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.
The lu`au will include traditional Polynesian dance, music and entertainment, preceded by an authentic meal featuring traditional staples such as kalua pig, chicken long rice, teriyaki chicken, poi, haupia, coconut cake and punch.
The meal is scheduled for 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the University Center on campus, and the show will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Stoller Center gymnasium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the show.
A Hawaiian General Store in the Stoller Center will feature specialties flown in from the islands. Fresh pineapples, cookies, chocolate covered macadamia nuts, leis, jams, jellies and other treats will be available Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. before the show.
The lu`au is presented by Na Haumana O Hawai'i, Pacific University's Hawaiian Club, and is a fundraiser for NHOH activities and community service events. It is a collaborative effort of Pacific students, including NHOH members, faculty, staff, local community members, businesses and family members at home in Hawai'I, many of whom come from the islands a week in advance to make leis and put together decorations.
Na Haumana O Hawai'i was founded in 1959 with 16 students. By 1962, 60 student Club members represented the eight islands of Hawaii. NHOH is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Hawaiian culture. NHOH has more than 300 members. The students actively share their Island traditions by performing at various functions both on and off the university campus.