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Linfield Hawaiian Club presents 40th annual lu’au

The Linfield College Hawaiian Club will host its milestone 40th annual lu’au, “Na a’a Hawaii: The Roots from Which We Grow,” on Saturday, May 5, in the Rutschman Field House and Ted Wilson Gymnasium at Linfield.

The event will include traditional Hawaiian food and an authentic performance of Hawaiian dance and music. Dinner will be served in the Rutschman Field House from 4 to 6 p.m. Doors will open in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium at 6:15 p.m. and the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Each year, the lu’au offers audience members a chance to see a performance of Tahitian, Haka and fire-knife dancers, in addition to both traditional and modern Hawaiian hula dancing. Junior Amy Bumatai and sophomore Ashley Kimi, lu’au co-chairs for the Hawaiian Club, said that this year’s landmark lu’au will also feature a slow Tahitian, extra fast Tahitian and Samoan dances.

“The 40th annual lu’au is special because it encompasses how long we have shared the Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures with Linfield and the surrounding community,” said Kimi.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $28 for reserved seating; $20 for general admission, $23 for reserved seating for students and senior citizens (65+); $10 for general admission, $15 for reserved seating for children 2-12 yrs.; and children under 2 yrs. are free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.linfieldtickets.com.

For more information, contact Jason Rodriquez, director of multicultural programs, at 503-883-2574 or jrodriqu@linfield.edu.