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Whitworth Hawaiian Club presents 45th annual lu’au April 25

April 7, 2015

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 45th annual lu’au on April 25. The doors will open and dinner will be served at 5 p.m. in the Whitworth Fieldhouse, and entertainment will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $22 for general admission; $12 for students, seniors (65-plus) and children (6-12); $17 each for groups of 10 or more; and free for children five and under. Tickets purchased between now and April 17 will be sold at a $4 discount, and tickets purchased between April 18-24 will be sold at a $2 discount.

Tickets are available for purchase on campus at the Hixson Union Building Information Desk, or at the door the evening of the event. Tickets will be sold full-price at the door. For ticket information, call the HUB Information Desk at (509) 777-3796.

This year’s theme is “Na Mo’olelo o na Moku,” which translates as “The Legends of the Islands.” The menu will include rice, chow mein, Hawaiian sweet rolls, tossed salad, macaroni salad, teriyaki beef, kalua pig, shoyu (soy sauce) chicken, lomi salmon, pineapple, pineapple upside-down cake and haupia (coconut dessert).

“We see the lu’au as a wonderful opportunity for people to experience a rich and vibrant piece of the Hawaiian culture,” says Hawaiian Club President Asa Archelger, ’17.

The entertainment portion of the program will feature a pre-show fair before the performances begin. This will include a hula-hoop contest, the opportunity to learn how to do basic hula moves, and the popular Hawaiian game known as 'Ulu Maika. There will also be a raffle giveaway and an opportunity to buy authentic Hawaiian goods.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Asa Archelger, Hawaiian Club president, Whitworth University,

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or