Hawai’i Club presents 29th Lū’au

by University Communications,

  • Willamette students dance with fans in the luau
  • men wearing beaded necklaces dance in green light
  • a line of women with flowers in their hair dance at the luau
  • Man twirls fire at luau
  • women with arms crossed at the luau
  • In blue light, a woman smiles while holding drum-stick like objects while dancing in the luau
  • man with arms extended holing drum-stick like objects while dancing in the luau
  • a line of women each with one arm extended dances at the luau
  • men with fringe-like grass wraps around their upper arms dance
  • a student holds Hawaiian shaved ice in the midst of a crowded gymnasium
  • dancers in green light at the luau
  • students serve a meal that they cooked to a line of people in a gymnasium
  • four men dance barefoot onstage in green light
  • people dance onstage, smiling at the luau
  • a woman makes an intricate gesture with her arms and hands while dancing in the luau
  • a man and woman dance together
  • a man and woman dance together
  • Women dance in a line in blue light at the luau
  • two lines of women each with their hands extended to their right dance onstage at the luau
  • A man twirling fire in one hand, shouts

The event shared Polynesian music, food and traditions with the Willamette community.

Willamette’s Hawai’i Club took visitors on a journey through history during the 29th Lu’au. This year’s theme, “Kō Kākou Hoʻīlina: Our Royal Legacy,” used song and dance to tell the story of Hawai’i’s leaders and monarchs.

Lū’au is presented by the Hawai’i Club in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The event is completely planned and organized by student committees, and dances are choreographed and taught by students. Tolo Tuitele, a regular part of Lū’au, also performed a dramatic fire knife dance based on the Samoan alilao tradition.

The program, including descriptions for each song and dance, is available online.

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