E hoʻolohe i nā leo o ka Pākīpika!

Date: Saturday April 6th, 2019
Time: 5 PM-9 PM
Check-in: 5 PM
Where: Olson Gymnasium
General Tickets: $30
Children Tickets: $25
Students Tickets: $20

E hele mai kākou! Please join us for our third annual lūʻau hosted by Pacific Lutheran University Nā Hoaloha O’ Hawai’i and Asian Pacific Islander Student Association! The theme for this year is “E Lohe I Nā Moʻolelo I Haʻiʻole ʻIa O Ka Pākīpika”- Hear the Untold Stories of the Pacific. We invite you to come talk stories, make memories, and get a taste of the diverse culture as we take you on a journey through the Pacific Islands through local food, live entertainment, and dance. You can expect to have a fun night full of dance, song, activities, and food. Expect to learn how each of the Pacific Islands are unique in their own way through the dances and stories. We invite you to witness the vibrant cultures of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and Philippines.

Take a look at last year’s lūʻau

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Lūʻau Legacy

PLU’s Lūʻau is known to be the largest and engaging multicultural event on campus.

Lūʻau 2018 Program

Experience a night full of dance, song, food, and fun!

5:00 pm: Check in and doors open
5:45 pm: Diner Buffet
6:30 pm: Entertainment begins
9:00 pm: Closing remarks

Lūʻau 2018 Performances

This years’ line-up consists of dances from islands of Tahiti, Samoa, Philippines, New Zealand and Hawaii.

Kuʻu Pua Maeʻole, Couples ʻAuana
By. Kealiʻi Reichel
In Ku’u Pua Mae’ole, Keali’i sings to his beloved and describes her as a never fading flower. This song symbolizes his love for her.

Ka Lehua Ula, Women ʻAuana
By. Weldon Kekauoha
Ka Lehua Ula, is a reflection of Kekauoha’s musical journey and an expression of the freedom he now enjoys in his music and his life. In this song, he describes his love with elements such as gentle winds and misty rain.

Ulupalakua, Men ʻAuana
By: Satoy and Markus Wong-Yuen
Our boys of Hawaii Club dances to Ulupalakua, which is about the composer’s visit to Ulupalakua. Ulupalakua is located in the upcountry of Maui on the southwestern slopes of Haleakala. He was so impressed by the cold mountain air, the scent of ginger and the cowboys.

Pate Pate, Women Tahitian
By. Te Vaka
In the island of Tahiti, tahitian is a form of dance incorporating rapid movements. Pate Pate is sung in the Tokelauan language, and the tama (men) and teine (women) dance and party to the pate pate (beat of the drums). Vaka uses this vibrant song to symbolize the boldness, teasing, and confidence driven by the power of drums.

Na Waka & Terina Pomare (Aue Ha), Women
By. Lanakila’s Polynesians
Poi in Maori language means “ball on string”. Maori warriors originally used poi as a form of exercise to train for battle or hunting. Now, poi is used as a form of storytelling through dance. Lanakila’s Na Waka is a chant that grants entrance into a village. Aue Ha tells a story about Terina Pomare listening to the stories through the poi.

Tinikling Dance, Women and Men
By. Juan Silos Jr.
Considered one of the oldest and most popular Filipino folk dances, Tinikling is a bamboo dance that imitates the movement of the tikling bird in the rice fields.

Pua Kiʻele, Women ʻAuana
By. Josh Tatofi
Pua Ki‘ele is a hula ‘auana performed by wahine telling a story about the sweet smell of flowers as they blossom in the sun.  In this song Josh Tatofi describes his flower lei as a representation of his love.

My Little Grass Shack, Officers Dance
By. Charles Kaipo
My Little Grass Shack, sung by Charles Kaipo was originally written by Bill Cogswell, Tommy Harrison, and Johnny Nobel in honor of Kona’s Independence Day Celebration in 1933 at Kealakekua Bay.

Le Taualaga a Solomona, Student Song
By. Fiji
This song is about the rift between the people of ‘Upolu and the people of American Samoa, especially with regards to the annexation of American Samoa.

Leafaitulagi, Student Song
By. Sara Jane
This song is about the princess, Leafaitulagi, as she mourns the death of her mother Vaopunimatagi. However, though this song has a sad story behind it, it is often used in siva or taualuga because of its upbeat style.

Let's Feast

The menu consists of traditional food from Hawaii. We gathered recipes from all over the island in order to make dinner as authentic as possible.

Macaroni Salad
Green Salad
Shoyu Chicken/Tofu
Kalua Pork
Dessert: Coconut cake and Haupia

Meet the Team

This luau would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the luau team. The team consists of members from Nā Hoaloha O’ Hawai’i and Asian Pacific Islander Student Association
Co-Chairs: Cassandra Uyema, Alinah Ibana, and Angelika Ilagan
Entertainment: Alinah Ibana and Brandi Naihe
Decorations: Kennedy Tengan
Donations: Kayla Kashima
Publicity: Taylor Maruno
Budgeting: Divine Taguicana
Volunteers: Bennett Rivera and Alexia Ngin
Ticketing: Luna Kim
Food: Angelica Hulett and Thomas Tamanaha
Club Advisors: Brandon Bruan, Todd Yamauchi, and Julian Franco


The goal of this lū’au is to unite the PLU community under one roof and socialize and enjoy the Hawaiian and the Pacific Islander culture. We also want to educate our friends and family about the history of Hawaii and other Pacific Islands, and present them with traditional dance and performances.

What is a lūʻau

A lūʻau is historically known as a large feast marking special occasions (victory at war, life milestone, start of a voyage, etc.) It is celebrated to unite the participants and have symbolic foods, dances, and prayers to represent strength, virtues, and the goals the participants want to achieve.


Contact us at luau@plu.edu