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.

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Lūʻau Legacy

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

Lūʻau 2019 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 2019 Performances

Aia lā ‘o Pele i Hawai‘i
By. Halau Hula Ka No ‘Eau
Women Kahiko
Aia lā ‘o Pele I Hawai‘i is about the goddess, Pele, and her presence, energy, and beauty can be felt and seen on the island of Hawai’i.

Ke Aloha
By. Natalie Ai Kamauu
Women Auana
The song is talking about her beloved sweetheart. The beautiful fragrance that comes every evening. So this is a song about her lover in a form of a beautiful fragrance that is so significant to her sweetheart.

Tahiti Tahiti
By. Na Waiho’olu’u O Ke Aneunue
Women Tahitian
Tahiti Tahiti describes a deep love for Tahiti and everything that is a part of it. This song is typically used to welcome guests and visitors.

Tinikling Dance
By.  Juan Silos Jr
Women and Men
Tinikling is a Filipino traditional folk dance that imitates the movement of the Tikling bird in the rice fields with the use of bamboo poles. Originated from Leyte, Philippines, it’s considered one of the oldest and most popular Filipino folk dance.

La’u Samoa
By. Kenneth Aiolupotea
Women Samoan
La’u Samoa is a Siva Samoa (meaning a traditional Samoan dance) that basically describes the beauty of Samoa. The song shows a large amount of pride in being from Samoa and entails that Samoa will always be in our hearts as the “Pearl of the Pacific”. Siva Samoa for women usually requires gracefulness, and it is also one of the few aspects of Samoan culture that has been least affected by western civilization.

Papalina Lahilahi
By. Pomai Williams
Seniors Dance
This song talks about the dainty cheeks of her loved one. A favorite hula, the lovemaking in this mele is poetically referred to as mist, rain, or spray.

Ha’a Hula
By. Halau Hula Olana
Officers Dance
Ha’a Hula is a fun song that talks about the various instruments used to create melodies and rhythms for hula dances. Hearing instruments like an ukulele or ipu heke will want to make you get up on your feet and dance hula.

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