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Whitworth Hawaiian Club presents its 44th annual lu’au, April 12

March 24, 2014

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 44th annual lu’au, on Saturday, April 12. The doors will open and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building, and entertainment will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium.

Tickets are $22 for general admission, $12 for students, seniors (65-plus) and children (6-12), $17 each for groups of ten or more and free for children five and under. Students with a meal plan can use their student ID cards to pay for the meal and pay $6 for the entertainment. Tickets are available for purchase at the Hixson Union Building Information Desk. There will be a 20 percent discount on ticket prices until March 21 and a 10 percent discount April 1-12. Tickets will be sold full-price at the door. The annual event is expected to draw roughly 700 people from the local area.

This year’s theme is “eō e Polynesia” which translates to “Calling Out to Polynesia.” 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 bring a unique island experience to Whitworth through traditional food and dance,” Hawaiian Club President Mary Walker, ’16, says. “It is a chance for us to share a little piece of Hawai’i with the community.”

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.


Mary Walker, Hawaiian Club president, Whitworth University,

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