Annual Linfield lu’au to highlight island traditions

Linfield College Luau 2016Traditional island dances and an authentic Hawaiian meal will highlight the 45th annual Linfield College Lu’au, “Huliāmahi (Come Together as One)” Saturday April 29.

Tickets are available online at Follow the event on social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at #LinfieldLuau2017.

Linfield College students will share the Hawaiian culture with the community, including performing dances from the Hawaiian Islands as well as New Zealand, Tonga, Tahiti and Samoa.

The dinner will be catered by Ohana Hawaiian Cafe and served by Linfield students, and will feature a number of traditional Hawaiian dishes. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Rutschman Field House, with dinner service ending at 6:45. The “Country Store” will open at 5:30 p.m., also in the Rutschman Field House. The store features foods, leis and gifts donated from Hawaiian companies, with proceeds helping cover event costs. There will also be a concession stand available during the performance. The live performance will be held in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event includes pre-show entertainment.

The annual lu’au has been organized by members of the Linfield Hawaiian Club, Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian alike, with students involved in all aspects of the production including choreography. New dances are created each year, and student performers began rehearsals in early February.

Many parents of Linfield students help with the event, buying Hawaiian fabric, sewing costumes and collecting donations from Hawaiian companies and the Linfield community. They also gather foliage and leis and coordinate shipments to McMinnville.

General admission tickets for the performance are $15. Tickets for both the show and dinner are $25 for general admission and $30 for reserved seats. Student and senior (60+) tickets are $15 and $20, and require I.D. Children’s (ages 3-12) tickets are $10 and $15. Children under age two, seated on their parents’ laps, are admitted free without a meal.

The event is sponsored by the Linfield College Hawaiian Club, and the Multicultural Programs and College Activities offices. For more information, visit or call 503-883-2435.