This past weekend, Pacific University hosted the 56th Annual Lū'au Presented by Nā Haumāna O Hawai'i. 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.
The event, is always open to the public, and includes 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.
Students from Hawaii comprise 20 percent of the student body at Pacific University. The Lū`au is produced and presented by the Pacific University student Hawaiian Club (NHOH) as a fundraiser for community service projects and club activities.
The Luau is always held on the 2nd Saturday of April. If we didn't see you this year, be sure to mark it on your calendar for 2017!
Here is a link to last year's event.