Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2008

Whitworth Hawaiian Club to Present 38th Annual Lu'au April 12

Tickets on sale beginning March 31 at the Hixson Union Building Information Desk


The Whitworth Hawaiian Club, Na Pu'uwai o Hawai'i (The Heart of Hawai'i), will share food and culture with the Whitworth and Spokane communities during the club's 38th annual lu'au on Saturday, April 12. This year's theme is "Spread the ALOHA." The menu will include kalua pork, teriyaki beef, chicken long rice, shoyu chicken, macaroni salad, pineapple upside-down cake, sweet potatoes and fresh pineapple. The entertainment portion of the program will feature a video slideshow of Hawai'i, a tribute dance to esteemed Hawaiian entertainer Aunty Genoa Keawe, various dances performed by students, and a first-ever dance performed by Whitworth faculty and staff.

When: Saturday, April 12. Doors open and dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.; entertainment will begin at 7 p.m.

Where: Whitworth Fieldhouse, 300 W. Hawthorne Road, Spokane, Wash.

Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 students with I.D.; $10 children ages 6-12; children 5 and under admitted free.

To purchase tickets: Tickets will be available for purchase Monday, March 31, through Saturday, April 12, at the information desk in the Hixson Union Building at Whitworth University. The desk is open Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. For ticket information, call the desk at (509) 777-3796.

The annual Hawaiian Club Lu'au draws about 800 Whitworth students, parents, alumni, administrators and Spokane community members. For the first time in lu'au history, this year's event will feature a dance performed by Whitworth faculty and staff.

"We decided to include faculty and staff this year because they play a major role in our lives at Whitworth," says Ashley Metcalf of the Whitworth Hawaiian Club. "They've shared their 'aloha' in the classroom and through other campus programs; the lu'au is an opportunity for them to share their talents."

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).  The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Ashley Metcalf, Hawaiian Club public-relations officer, Whitworth University, ametcalf09@whitworth.edu.

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