It is Spring time, which means it is Luau time. The Hawaii club works their butts off all year to raise money for their only event, which means that it has to be one heck of an event… which I think it was. Ticket prices were a little pricey at 20 dollars but with the food, prizes and the experience of learning a lot of things about a different culture, you can’t put a price on those kinds of things.
Doors first open at 4:30 and when you first get in and find a place you are greeted by some really smooth and mellow Hawaiian music by a group I think came from Hawaii called Steady Riot. They played for about an hour of really soft welcoming music until people were dismissed to go get their food.
Since it was close to the end of the school year, the Hawaii club decided to present a slideshow of all the members throughout the year. It showed a lot of the practices that the members had and trips they went on. It also bid farewell to all the graduating Seniors.
The food was pretty awesome. There was a lot to choose from. It was a little different, but still good. There was some raw salmon mixed with tomato and some other things that made it taste good. There was some tasty white rice, some macaroni salad, some chicken and for dessert there was coconut cake.
The MCs of the event were really cool, really enthusiastic and lively.
There were a lot of group dances that were very well choreographed. The outfits were also very well made and looked like they took a lot of time to do. There were about 15-20 different types of dances. Some were really slow and steady while some where fast and energetic. Probably one of the most liked dances was the Men’s Polynesian dance where they danced to an islander pride song which the crowd absolutely loved.
Other types of dances that were shown was the girls Haka. The Haka is a war cry that is usually done by men in the past, it was really interesting seeing girls do chants and get really into their dance.
One of the performances included one of the MCs singing a Hawaiian song while dancers in the background danced to it.
Some of the ways that the MCs got some of the crowd members involved was by bringing them onstage and asking them to do something Hawaiian in front of the crowd. One of the tasks was reading a paragraph that was written in Pidgin (A mix between Hawaiian and English, used by many Hawaiians in every day conversation) that really entertained the crowd and showed the crowd a different aspect of Hawaiian life. Another task was having audience members learn a quick dance and perform it in front of the crowd. The third one was getting crowd members on stage and seeing who had their best war cry. There was also an Instagram contest, where people submitted their favorite picture of the Luau and could win a prize if the MCs thought it was the best.
To finish off the event everyone stood up and sang Hawai’i Aloha, while holding hands. A lot of the native Hawaiians remembered the song by heart but it was also in the catalog for everyone to follow along to.
By Kevin Gutierrez