Hawaiian Club’s 54th Lū‘au set for Saturday, April 12, 2014

 (FOREST GROVE, OR) Pacific University’s Hawaiian Club, Ná Haumána O Hawai`i, will present its 54th annual Lū`au at the Forest Grove campus on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

The event, open to the public, will include traditional Polynesian dance, music and entertainment, preceded by an authentic Lu'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. - 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 $37, 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 can be obtained at pacificu.edu/studentlife/luau.

The Lu`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. The Club has recently opened membership to anyone interested in learning more about the Hawaiian culture and now boasts more than 300 members. The students actively share their Island traditions by performing various functions both on and off the University campus.

Students from Hawaii comprise 20 percent of the student body at Pacific University. The Lu`au is produced and presented by the Pacific University student Hawaiian Club as a fundraiser for community service projects and club activities. For more information, contact Edna K. Gehring at (503) 352-2073 or luau@pacificu.edu.

Pacific University, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Portland and Eugene, is one of the West’s oldest chartered higher education institutions. At an enrollment of more than 3,200 students, Pacific University provides an excellent academic experience linking theory to practice in education. The institution annually ranks as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.