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4/11/2003 Linfield students set the stage for annual Hawaiian lu'au

McMINNVILLE – Traditional food, entertainment and memorabilia from Hawaii will be featured at the 31st annual Linfield College Hawaiian lu'au Saturday, April 26.

The evening event, which includes dinner and a show, is hosted by the Linfield Hawaiian Club. This year's theme is "Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono," the Hawaiian state motto meaning "The life (sovereignty) of the land is perpetuated in (by) righteousness."

A traditional Hawaiian dinner will be served to Linfield students on the meal plan at

4:30 p.m. in Dillin Hall, and to the public at 5 p.m. The menu includes kalua pork, prepared imu style by "baking" a whole pig underground covered with ti leaves for good luck. Other items include sticky white rice, teriyaki chicken, chicken long rice, lomi lomi salmon, macaroni salad, coconut cake, haupia and fruit punch.

After dinner, a slide show presentation will kick off the entertainment at 7:30 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium. The show will feature a variety of hula dances, from ancient to modern, and audience members will be invited to participate at times. Kahua, a band from Hawaii, will also perform.

The popular event is an opportunity for Hawaiian students to share their culture with the community, according to Jodie Miyagi, one of the event organizers.

"The significance of the lu'au is to continue the tradition of sharing our Hawaiian culture with the Linfield and McMinnville communities," she said.

Starting Monday, April 14, tickets can be purchased Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Riley Hall and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Dillin Hall.

Tickets for the show and dinner are $13 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Tickets for the show and dinner are $5 for Linfield students on the meal plan and $10 for students not on the meal plan. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are $12 each. Group rates do not apply to Linfield students. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15.

For more information, contact Miyagi at 503-883-5541 or