Behind the Scenes with Lu‘au, 1

Behind the Scenes with Lu‘au, 1

March 7, 2013

Students prepare to perform at 53rd annual Lu‘au.

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It’s that time of year again: Lū‘au season. For Nā Haumāna O Hawai'i club members, that means sweating it out each week teaching and practicing the dances to be performed at the 53rd annual Lū‘au, on Saturday, April 13.

With or without any dancing experience, NHOH club members sign up for up to three different dances, hoping to make Lū‘au an organic and genuine experience for the crowd of 2,000 that show up each year to watch.

This Lū‘au season practices began on Feb. 4. Different dances are practiced for an hour each on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, any time around 6 to 10 in the evenings. Often, members also practice on their free time.

Amidst all the hype over preparations for Lū‘au, time management has been the key learning experience for members.

 “My mindset is to just have fun. Lū‘au is a time for us to come together, enjoy our time with each other, and build new friendships along the way," said Kristen Yamamoto ’13, who is the dance chair for Lū‘au this year. "Of course along with the fun, there is an order to the madness and we do keep rules and regulations in tact, but it is all centered around fun.”

With just one month left before stage time, “the preparations for lū‘au are looking great! All the dances are slowly coming together, and everyone is planning and working with each other to make sure everything runs smoothly in April,” Yamamoto said.

The main reason for Lū‘au is to share the culture of Hawai‘i with the Pacific community, but for some NHOH members, it’s a little more than just that.

“The music and people around me reminds me of home and how much I miss it," said NHOH member Jessica Noochan ’16. "It’s nice to have a little taste of home here.” 

Freshman Karla Dubey wrote a series of behind-the-scenes stories from her first year of Lu‘au. Read more in Part 2 and Part 3.