Saint Martin’s Hawaii club hosts annual Lu’au on April 10

March 24, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University’s Hui `O Hawai`i will hold its annual Lu’au on Saturday, April 10 at the Hal and Inge Marcus Pavilion. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be pre-purchased at $15 for general admission, $10 with a Saint Martin’s ID. Children ages 5 and under are free. Tickets will be $20 at the door on the day of the event.

The Lu’au has been a wonderful tradition at Saint Martin’s, drawing over 600 people from the immediate Lacey-Olympia area. This year will feature a mixture of Hula, Samoan, Tongan, Tahitian, and Maori dances, all performed by student dancers and alumni. A ki ho`alu (slack key guitar) band will be performing during dinner. There will also be a country store, a lei-making booth, and a keiki (children’s) booth.

“About 100 people have been involved in planning, organizing, working, and performing at the event,” says Lauren Higashino, student organizer and member of Hui `O Hawai`i Club. “We are very lucky to have so much help!”

Dinner will include such favorites as kalua pig, shoyu chicken, baked salmon, chicken long rice, macaroni salad, lomi lomi salmon, and poi, with guava cake, chocolate macadamia nut cake, and haupia for dessert.

Says Higashino, “The Saint Martin’s Hui `O Hawai`i is excited to share with the community delicious Hawaiian food, beautiful Hawaiian music, different cultures of the Pacific, and the aloha spirit."

For more information about this play and performance times, please call 360-486-8002 or email

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of communications & marketing
Saint Martin’s University