Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 14, 2000

Whitworth College Hawaiian Club to Host 30th Annual Luau

The Whitworth College Hawaiian Club will host its 30th annual luau Saturday, April 8 at the Fieldhouse. An authentic Hawaiian dinner will be served at 5 p.m. followed by Hawaiian entertainment at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $7 for youth ages seven to 13, and children six and under are free.

"We are having the luau to share our culture, to show people a little bit more about Hawaii, and to display our talents," says Hawaiian Club President Pono Lopez.

To make the dinner more authentic, a neighbor of Lopez's in Hawaii is slow-roasting a pig underground, then shipping it to Whitworth. Also being sent from Hawaii are squid, poi, coconut milk, pineapples and a special soy sauce. The dinner will include Hawaiian specialties such as lomi salmon, squid luau, kalua pig, chicken long rice, and teriyaki beef.

In addition to the native foods that are being shipped from Hawaii to Whitworth, the Fieldhouse will be decorated in native greenery and flowers provided by Hawaiian Club members' parents who are bringing plumerias and ginger from their homes.

The luau entertainment will feature Whitworth College Hawaiian club members who will perform traditional dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand and Samoa. Fire dancing will also be included in the evening's festivities.

In honor of the 30th luau anniversary, the Hawaiian Club is flying Kurt Kekuna, the club's founder and first president, from Oahu to join the celebration.

A limited number of tickets are currently available for purchase. For tickets or more information, call Pono Lopez at (509) 777-4720.

Contacts:

Pono Lopez, Hawaiian Club president, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4720.

Anni Dupuis, public information assistant, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729.

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