‘Spirit of Aloha’ comes to Saint Martin's in annual Lu’au

April 4, 2012

LACEY, WASHINGTON — Saint Martin's Hal and Inge Marcus Pavilion will transform into a tropical paradise the evening of Saturday, April 21, 2012 in honor of the annual Lu'au. Sponsored by Saint Martin's University Hui `O Hawai`i Club, the Lu’au has been a popular tradition at Saint Martin’s, drawing hundreds of area residents each year to enjoy an authentic taste of culture. The evening includes an authentic lu’au feast along with music and entertainment from several South Seas cultures.

"Our theme this year is ‘Spirit of Aloha,’” explains Chason Yamaguchi, club president. “Our performances, which includes participation from Saint Martin’s students, faculty and staff, will transport the audience to different places in the Pacific Ocean and all eight Hawaiian Islands. We organize this event each year to share the aloha spirit with the Saint Martin's community and allow our club members to form a sense of `Ohana, or family, while working with one another on this student-planned event.”

A country store will be open, from which people can purchase Hawaiian products including Kona coffee and small souvenirs.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner service beginning at 6:10 p.m. Performances will follow at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the dinner and the show, $10 with a Saint Martin’s ID. Children 5 and under are free. This event sells out each year with 650 people in attendance; 200 tickets remain for purchase. For tickets or for more information, please call 360-486-8078 or email huiohawaii@stmartin.edu.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 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 extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For additional information:

Hui `O Hawai`i Club
360-486-8078
huiohawaii@stmartin.edu

Sarah Holdener
Director of Community Relations and Event Management
Office of Marketing and Communications
Saint Martin’s University
360-412-6140; sholdener@stmartin.edu