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The 46th Annual Whitworth Hawaiian Club Lu’au to be held April 30

April 15, 2016
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 46th annual lu’au, on Saturday, April 30. The Whitworth Fieldhouse will open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served immediately. Entertainment for the evening will begin at 7:30 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 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 lu’au theme is “Hōkūleʻa,” which is a voyaging canoe that travels all over the world using traditional Polynesian navigation techniques. 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).

“The lu’au is an opportunity for us to bring a piece of Hawai'i to the Spokane community,” Hawaiian Club President Mary Walker, ’16, says. “This year we are celebrating traveling and making new discoveries.”

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, a photo booth, and other games. 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 more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Mary Walker, Hawaiian Club president, Whitworth University,

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