“He Ohu ke Aloha” or “Bringing the Aloha Spirit to All” was the theme of Creighton’s Hui ‘O Hawai’i club’s 61st annual Lū’au held on Saturday in the Morrison Stadium.
This theme was chosen by the Hui ‘O Hawai’i club Lū’au Chair and senior in the College of Art and Sciences, Sarai Uesato with intentions of spreading a multifaceted message that “is important for our current global state.”
As the uncertainty surrounding the existence of the Lū’au dissipated, the executive team members were elated to “share a piece of home with the Creighton community” once again.
“[We were] happy we were able to pass the tradition down to the underclassmen and to show them the true meaning of our club and to be proud of sharing the culture they are from,” said Hui ‘O Hawai’i club President and senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, Harvey Wang.
Sophomore in the College of Nursing and Hui ‘O Hawai’i club social chair Amelia Pike, said she was excited to experience her first Creighton Lū’au and witness others experiencing it as well.
This Lū’au consisted of traditional Hawaiian foods, a photo area, a table of purchasable items, a cultural display of hula and a dance to honor the current Hui ‘O Hawai’i club seniors.
“All Hui ‘O Hawai’i members [were] welcome to participate and dance in lū’au, regardless of their previous experience,” said Asia Sato, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences and entertainment chair of Hui ‘O Hawai’i club.
Some new implementations included selling tickets in groups of two or four, excluding dances that involved touch, streaming the event live, and showing a video to honor last year’s Hui ‘O Hawai’i club seniors.
“We try to steer away from emphasis on the entertainment value and strive toward education and appreciation of the Native Hawaiian culture.” said Keni Tamashiro, a Junior in College of Arts and Sciences and the Cultural Chair of Hui ‘O Hawai’i club.
In order to encompass this year’s theme, Tamashiro stated that the ‘O Hawai’i club shared the story of Hōkūle’a, “a double-hauled canoe built during the Hawaiian Renaissance [that] serves as a symbol of pride to the Native Hawaiians. Modeled after the canoes that the early Polynesians sailed to Hawai’i [on by using] the traditional art of wayfinding.”
Uesato shared that “[t]he Hōkūle’a and its crew traveled around the world, sharing Hawaiian culture and the Aloha Spirit with everyone they meet along their voyage.”