Pacific University’s Hawaii Club celebrates 61st Luʻau and Hoʻike with food, music and dance (photos) – OregonLive

Pacific University Luau and Hoike
Over a thousand people filled Pacific University’s Stoller Center in Forest Grove Saturday evening to watch the Na Haumana O Hawaii Students of Hawaii Club’s 61st Luʻau and Hoʻike celebration.
This year’s theme was “Na Mele Hoʻoheno o Ke Aloha,” which means “The Cherished Love Songs.”
The event, run by Pacific students, started at 4:30 p.m. with traditional Lu’au dishes followed by an evening of Polynesian dance and live music performances.
Traditional meals included teriyaki chicken; kalua pig, which is cooked in an underground oven for 16 hours; chicken long rice, a combination of rice and noodles; poi, a taro root that’s pounded smooth; haupia, an adaption of English pudding; and coconut cake and punch.
The evening included dozens of performances that stretched from 7 p.m. to nearly 11 p.m. Performances included a Samoan slap dance; a song for a legendary mermaid named Kananaka; tinikling, a folk dance from the Philippines; fire knife dancing, also known as Siva Afi from Samoa; Tahitian dancing; and a dance that depicts a fierce battle on the island of Oahu.
The University’s Hawaii Club was founded in 1959 with 16 students from Hawaii and grew to 60 members by 1962 from eight islands. Since then, membership has tripled.
The event is the largest student-run Luʻau on the west coast, according to the university. Pacific University reports that nearly 20 percent of its undergraduates are from Hawaii.
The event was open to the public. Proceeds went to the Students of Hawaii Club.
You can watch the evening performances here:
–Mark Graves
mgraves@oregonian.com
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