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The 48th Annual Whitworth Hawaiian Club Lū‘au to be held March 16

February 26, 2018
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 48th annual lū‘au, on Friday, March 16. The doors will open and dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building (HUB). Entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. Shuttle transportation for attendees with limited mobility will be available between the HUB and the Fieldhouse before and after the entertainment portion of the evening.

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 also available online at Tickets bought online will be available to pick up at will call at the event. You may also purchase tickets inside the HUB on Mar 16 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

This year’s lū‘au theme is "Nā Moku ʻo Hawaiʻi" which means "The Islands of Hawai‘i." The show will mainly focus on dancing and chants that originated from Hawai‘i. The menu will include Kalua pig, rice, lomi salmon, chicken long rice, macaroni salad, green salad, shoyu chicken, haupia and pineapple upside down cake.

“This year’s lū‘au will remain within the confines of the Hawaiian Island Chain,” said Samuel Nahulu, Hawaiian Club president.  “There will be various mele (songs) that relate to each of the 8 major Hawaiian islands and it is a journey that we are eager to share with Whitworth and the Spokane community. From the barren peaks of Ni‘ihau to the black sand beaches of Hawai‘i island, we hope that you join us the night of March 16th. ‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia. No task is too big when done together by all. Mahalo!”

The pre-show will feature singing by Whitworth students, a photo booth, and a country store where people will be able to purchase 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.


Michelle Drennen, assistant director of development, advancement events Institutional Advancement, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4974 or

Tynell Ornellas, Hawaiian Club vice president, Whitworth University,

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or