Get a taste of island life at Saint Martin’s Hawaiian Lu’au

Popular community event returns, hosted by SMU’s Hui O Hawai’i

April 1, 2008

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University’s Hawaiian student club, Hui O Hawai’i, will host its annual Hawaiian Lu’au on Saturday, April 12, at Saint Martin’s Pavilion, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey, WA 98503. Advanced tickets are $10 for SMU students, staff and faculty; $15 for general admission; and $5 for children ages 10 and under. Students will be selling advanced tickets for the event until Friday, April 4, by the entrance to St. Gertrude Dining Hall (during dining hall hours) on Saint Martin’s main campus. To reserve a ticket, contact Melissa Sambo at 808-389-8882 or On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased at the door for $25.

The theme for this year’s lu’au is “Driving Through Hawai’i.” The celebration will feature music by SMU alumni, dancing by SMU students, a raffle for products from Hawai’i and an island-flavored menu including kahlua pig, lomi lomi salmon, shoyu chicken, ribs, rice, poi, pineapple, haupia and guava cake. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and seating continues until 6:45 p.m. Entertainment will take place from 7 to 9 p.m.

“The lu’au is one of the most popular events on campus, and it is the signature celebration for Hui O Hawai’i,” said Sambo, who is president of the student club. “We have put a lot of work into creating a memorable evening for all who attend.”

Proceeds from the Hawaiian Lu’au go toward scholarships, club activities and community service projects.

For more information, please contact Melissa Sambo at 808-389-8882 or or Chason Yamaguchi at 360-412-6116 or

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

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Jennifer G. Fellinger
Saint Martin’s University