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The Whitworth Hawaiian Club, Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Lūʻau

February 19, 2020
The Whitworth Hawaiian Club, Nā Pu‘uwai o Hawai‘i (The Heart of Hawai‘i), will share food and culture with the community as they celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary of the first lūʻau,  Friday, March 13.

Dinner will be served at 5:00 p.m. in the Whitworth Fieldhouse. Entertainment will begin at 7 p.m.

This year’s theme is “O ke Kahua Ma Mua, Ma Hope ke Kukῡlu (first comes the foundation, then comes the building.) Visitors will experience the customs and flavors of some of the major islands of the Polynesian Triangle including Hawai‘i, Samoa and New Zealand.

The menu will feature Kalua pig, rice, squid luau, lomi salmon, chicken long rice, macaroni salad, green salad, BBQ chicken, haupia and pineapple upside down cake.

Members of Na Pu‘uwai o Hawai‘i will perform traditional dances. Whitworth alumni, from Hawai‘i  or who were involved with the Hawaiian Club are invited to participate in an alumni dance and there will also be a faculty and staff dance.

Tickets are $30 for premium admission (includes a lei, gift bag, seating near the stage and food service) general admission $20, $15 for students/seniors (62-plus)/children (6-12). The event is free for children 5 and under. Tickets are available for purchase here, or at the door during the event (cash or check only please.)

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Kaala Corpuz, Hawaiian Club co-president, Whitworth University,

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