Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 2, 2003

Whitworth Hawaiian Club to Host 33rd Annual Luau

What: The Whitworth Hawaiian Club, Na Pu'uwai o Hawaii (The Heart of Hawaii), will bring Polynesian food and culture to Spokane during the club's 33rd annual luau. This year's luau theme is "Ka 'Olelo o Na Po'e," which means "The Language of the People." The luau will feature a menu of authentic Hawaiian cuisine and an evening of Polynesian dancing.

Hawaiian Club members will prepare and serve food shipped directly from the Hawaiian Islands. The menu will include kalua pig (roasted pork), lomi lomi salmon, chicken luau, teriyaki beef, poi, chicken long rice, pineapple cake, rice pudding and haupia, a coconut dessert. Menu items will be prepared under the supervision of Victor Punua, a chef from Kauai who assists with the luau each year.

Following the meal, an entertainment program will feature Hawaiian Club members who will perform dances originating from New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti and Hawaii. Specially made products from Hawaii will also be on sale at the club's country store.

When: Saturday, April 12. Doors open and dinner begins at 5 p.m.; entertainment begins at 7 p.m.

Where: Fieldhouse at Whitworth College, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd., Spokane, Wash.

Tickets:$15 general admission; $13 Whitworth students; $8 children 6-12 years old; children 5 and under are free.

To purchase tickets, call the Hawaiian Club office at (509) 777-4233 or the Information Desk at (509) 777-3796. Tickets can also be purchased at the Information Desk in the Hixson Union Building (HUB) at Whitworth. The Information Desk is open Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Tickets will also be on sale at the entrance of the HUB dining hall Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m.

Contacts:

Pua Lariosa, Hawaiian Club officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4233 or pualani37@hotmail.com.

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

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