Kanaka Hui Ohana, a club that promotes the interests of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Islander students on campus, threw its annual Hawaiian Night Luau at the University of La Verne on Monday in Sneaky Park.
KHO also set up a LeoFM booth and an authentic Polynesian hula show for entertainment.
“The show was phenomenal, it grabbed my attention at the first instance and it kept a hold of it until the end” Jennifer Lemus-Fernandez, a freshman legal studies major, said.
O’ahu, a Hawaiian band, played the music at the beginning of the event, which included oldies and the blues from Hawaii dating back to the 1950s and 1960s.
The entertainment for the night attracted students and members of the La Verne community.
“It’s great to see community members that we invite to come down and be in such a safe environment where their families can enjoy this,” Fatima Suarez, a sophomore criminology major, said.
The main attraction of the night was the Manea Dancers, a group of Polynesian dancers that performs Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan and New Zealand dances.
At the end of the night was the grand finale for the luau, a fire show that was held by the Manea Dancers.
Alongside KHO was the Campus Activities Board and the Associated Students of the University of La Verne, who helped with by providing funds for the advertising and decorations.
“CAB knew that Kanaka Hui Ohana threw their annual luau around this time and we thought it would be a good idea to approach them and see if they needed any help with advertisement,” Jazmyne Lewis, the multicultural chairwoman, said.
The Multicultural Club Council also contributed to the event by sponsoring the first 50 commuters who attended the event to a free dinner.
The entertainment and the food attracted students, especially those who wanted to try the authentic menu of Island Chicken, Mango Mai-Tai Pork Ribs, Coconut rice and Polynesian Noodles, provided by Davenport.
“The weather has cooperated with the event, and the atmosphere is good,” Cintya Lopez, a freshman international business major, said
The event even had a location for students to take pictures together and remember the event.
“This event helps student to learn about the other cultures that aren’t usually represented and it’s great to see this club put out such a good effort to bring about more knowledge of it,” Suarez said.
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