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The big event is scheduled for Milwaukie High School on Saturday, August 29



Milwaukie High School’s football program is going big for it’s major fundraiser.

The Mustangs are hosting a luau, complete with Polynesian food, Polynesian dancers and live Polynesian music.JOHN DENNY - Sage Tuitele (right) of Kamakane Polynesian Productions has been meeting with a couple of dozen Milwaukie High football players after football practices and workouts this summer, teaching them several Polynesian dances. The players will get the opportunity to show their parents and Mustang fans what theyve learned on Aug. 29, when they perform, along with professional Polynesian dancers, at a luau dinner and show fundraiser. Tickets for the fun night are on sale by players and coaches, or they may be reserved through Nua Tuitele at 503-410-1511. The Tuiteles are parents of Milwaukie football lineman Tui Tuitele.

“We’ll have professional dancers,” said Nua Tuitele, a parent who is organizing the event. “We’ll even have fire dances. It’s the real deal.”

In addition to fire dancers, there will be live tooele drummers.

Kamakane Polynesian Productions, a performance and catering business based in Milwaukie, is donating its talent and its time.

Besides putting on their own show, members of the Kamakane Dance Company have been teaching a group of Milwaukie High football players four Polynesian dances. The football players, outfitted in appropriate apparel, will give an exhibition performance during the fundraiser. They’ve been practicing the dances after football practices and workouts all summer long.

“We have some sarongs from the islands that we’re going to outfit them in,” Tuitele said.

It’s also been rumored that Milwaukie High football coaches will don sarongs, and perform.

The menu will include Polynesian chicken, Kalua pork, rice, green and fruit salads, and water.

“We’ll have punch, if we can get someone to donate it,” said Tuitele. “This is an effort from the Friends of the Milwaukie High School Football Team. There is only a handful of us, so we welcome any help. We have no budget. All expenses so far have been covered by the Friends of the Football Team.”

The hope is to raise at least $17,000 to pay for uniforms, equipment and football camp participation.

Players and coaches have been busy selling tickets. General admission is $10, or a table of eight will be seated and served for $250. The table seating includes a lei greeting and service by a waiter or waitress.

Advertising is available, with a table top centerpiece ad going for $25 and wall advertising going for $75.

“Provide us with a picture or logo and we can spotlight your business or child,” Tuitele said. “Tell your sweetheart how you feel about her.”

The dinner/show will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, August 29, in the Milwaukie High School cafeteria.

Players will be selling tickets up until Wednesday, August 26. Businesses and individuals have until August 15 to purchase advertising.

For tickets or advertising information, contact Tuitele at 503-410-1511.

“This is a lot better than having the kids sell [discount] cards, where the kids get 30 percent and the business gets 70 percent, with the kids doing all of the work,” Tuitele said.

Tuitele says that Kamakane Polynesian Productions has been in business for 30 years, catering and performing at private parties, conventions and weddings; and giving lessons in Polynesian dance.

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