Lu'au at Saint Martin's University
March 7, 2017

LACEY, Wash. – For decades, Hawaiian students attending Saint Martin’s University have pooled their talents and culinary skills to bring the area community an authentic island tradition to enjoy. Lu’au 2017, presented by the University’s Hawai’i Club, will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Saint Martin’s Marcus Pavilion, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE.

Themed “Lōkahi,” meaning “unity,” the lu’au will be an evening for everyone to come together for a traditional Hawaiian feast, music, dancing, entertainment from several South Seas cultures and activities to keep the “keiki” – kids – entertained.

“Luau is the most exciting time of the year for the Hawai’i Club because it gives us an opportunity to spread our rich culture in the community,” says student Jase Kugiya, the club’s president. “It’s the biggest student-run event on the Saint Martin’s campus, and we pride ourselves on being able to host this event every year. It’s amazing to think that there has been a Hawaii connection with Saint Martin’s University since the early 1960s. At that time there were only five or so students from Hawaii, but now there are over 30,” he says.

“’E komo mai’ – join us,” says Kugiya. Tickets can be purchased at the University’s Trautman Union Building (TUB) on campus, 5000 Abbey Way SE, or online at Pre-event tickets are $15; $10 for kids -12 and Saint Martin’s employees and alumni; and $5 for Saint Martin’s students with valid ID. There’s no charge for children five and younger. All tickets purchased at the door are $15.

For more information, please contact Kugiya at 808-454-7480;

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres 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 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,243 undergraduate students and 277 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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Jace Kugiya
President, Hawai’i Club

Deanna Partlow