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Dances, representing numerous cultures, are regularly featured at Willamette University's lu'au.Dances, representing numerous cultures, are regularly featured at Willamette University's lu'au.

A performance by a professional fire and ice dancer is one of the highlights of this year's lu'au.A performance by a professional fire and ice dancer is one of the highlights of this year's lu'au.

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Cultural immersion, dancing on tap for Willamette University's 23rd lu'au

For 22 years, students from the Hawai'i Club have hosted a lu'au to share their culture with the Willamette and Salem communities. This year, the long-standing tradition continues — but with a few twists.

“We’ve been planning this since the beginning of the year, and it’s going to be a fun event,” says Jon Harwell ’14, a Japanese studies major. “We’ve been tweaking things and have added some wow factors.” 

The lu'au is scheduled for April 28 in Cone Field House at the Sparks Athletic Center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and live music by Koral Jam. At 7 p.m., several new dances by male and female groups will begin, including a special performance by a professional fire and ice dancer.

Thirty-five organizers will take to the stage to illustrate the theme, Póhai Ke Aloha, which translates to “surrounded in love." Most of the dancers are Willamette students, whose mix of cultural backgrounds help promote a feeling of sharing and community, Harwell says.

“We really want to show people how fun a lu’au can be,” he says. “This event really showcases the passion and devotion that Willamette students put into things.”

Ticket sales

Tickets may be purchased April 16-20 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the University Center and from 5–7 p.m. in Goudy Commons. From April 23-27, tickets will be sold from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–7 p.m. in Goudy.

Advanced-ticket sales cost $10 for students and staff and $15 for general admission.

At the door, tickets cost $15 for students and $20 for general admission. The cost see the show without dinner is $5 for students and $10 for general admission. Children 7 and younger get in free.



04-09-2012