The aloha spirit of Hawaii returns to Saint Martin’s University with the annual Lu’au

March 27, 2014

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LACEY, Wash. -- The aloha spirit of Hawaii makes a joyful return to Saint Martin’s University Saturday, April 5, when the doors of the University’s Marcus Pavilion open at 5 p.m. for the annual Lu’au. Sponsored by Saint Martin's University’s Hui `O Hawai`i Club, the Lu’au remains a popular tradition, attracting hundreds of area residents each year to savor a tropical taste of culture. The evening includes an authentic Lu’au feast, as well as music and entertainment from several South Seas cultures.

"Our theme this year is ‘ʻO ke kahua ma mua, ma hope ke kukulu,’” explains Jaime Rosenberg, club secretary and advertisement chair. “Translated, this literally means 'first the foundation, then the building.'”

“We wanted to give the audience a sense of Hawaii's cultural history,” Rosenberg says. “We will have a mix of traditional Hawaiian dances and dances from other Polynesian cultures. Hawai'i is definitely a cultural melting pot and we want to emphasize that the traditional and the other cultural influences are equally important.”

“Our performances include participation from Saint Martin’s students, faculty and staff,” adds Rosenberg. “We organize this event each year to share the aloha spirit with the Saint Martin's community and to allow our club members to form a sense of `Ohana, or family, while working with one another on this student-planned event.”

A country store will be open, from which people can purchase Hawaiian goodies and accessories. There will also be a keiki booth, where children can go and participate in fun activities.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with dinner service beginning at 6:00 p.m. Performances will follow at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the dinner and the show, $10 with a Saint Martin’s ID. Children 5 and under are free. This event sells out each year, attracting about 650 attendees. For tickets or for more information, please call 808-348-1924 or email jaime.rosenberg@stmartin.edu.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 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 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For additional information:

Jaime Rosenberg
Secretary, Hui `O Hawai`i Club
808-348-1924; jaime.rosenberg@stmartin.edu

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager
360-412-6126; MDwyer@stmartin.edu