Pacific University’s Hawaiian Club, Ná Haumána O Hawai`i, will present its 57th annual Lū`au at the Forest Grove campus on Saturday, April 8, 2017.
The event, open to the public, will include traditional Polynesian dance, music and entertainment, preceded by an authentic Lū'au meal featuring traditional staples kalua pig, chicken long rice, teriyaki chicken, poi, haupia, coconut cake, and punch.
The meal is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the University Center on campus, and the show will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Stoller Athletic Center. 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 and jellies, and other treats will be available Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at 5:30 p.m. before the evening show.
Tickets go on sale March 5 and prices range from $15 to $38, depending on seating and dinner choice. The event annually sells out and the public is strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at boxofficetickets.com. Further information is online on the Lu'au webpage.
The Lū`au is a collaborative effort of Pacific students, including Hawaiian Club members, faculty, staff, local community members, businesses, and family members at home in Hawai’i. Many students’ parents come from the Islands a week in advance to make leis and put together decorations.
The Hawaiian Club 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.