Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2001

Hawaiian Club to Host 31st Annual Lu'au

Area residents and members of theWhitworth community can enjoy a taste of Hawaii at the Whitworth Hawaiian Club's 31st annual lu'au, which will be held Saturday, April 7, at the Fieldhouse on campus. An authentic Hawaiian dinner will be served at 5 p.m. followed by Hawaiian entertainment at 7 p.m. Tickets for the dinner and entertainment are $13 for general admission, $7 for youth ages seven to 13, and free for children six and under. Tickets for just the entertainment portion of the evening are $5.

This year's lu'au theme is "Pupukahi i holomua," which means "Unite to move forward." The phrase was used in old Hawaii by canoeists who paddled together to reach their destination.

According to Hawaiian Club President Danilo Viloria Jr., each year the Hawaiian Club attempts to outdo the previous year's lu'au, and a spirit of unity is critical to achieve the club's goals. "We hold the lu'au every spring to show community members what an authentic lu'au would be like if they went to Hawaii," Viloria says. "Each year we want to give a better lu'au than the year before."

Victor Punua, a resident of Kauai, will fly to Spokane for the third year in a row to prepare Hawaiian specialties such as kalua pig, lomi salmon, teriyaki beef, squid luau, and poi. The Fieldhouse will be decorated to emulate a Hawaiian paradise, with greenery and flowers provided by Hawaiian Club members' parents, who are bringing plumeria and orchids from their homes. The event will also include a country store with authentic Hawaiian goods for guests to purchase.

The lu'au entertainment will feature Whitworth College Hawaiian Club members who will perform 12 traditional dances from Kahiko, Auana, and Tahiti. The ever-popular fire-knife dance will also be included in the evening's festivities.

Tickets are on sale through April 2 and must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door the evening of the lu'au.For tickets or more information, please call Danilo Viloria Jr. at (509) 777-4720 or e-mail him at dviloria@mail2.whitworth.edu.

Contacts:

Danilo Viloria Jr., Hawaiian Club president, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4720 or dviloria@mail2.whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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