Creighton’s sold-out, annual Lu’au is just around the corner, with new and exciting surprises for the audience.
The show and dinner at the Kiewit Fitness Center, put on by the Hui O Hawaii club, sold over 1,000 tickets this year.
The Lu’au is an event that attempts to bring the culture of Hawaii to the campus. It consists of a dinner served by a chef flown in from Hawaii, a dance performance, photo booths, a silent auction and a country store selling items from Hawaii. A band will also play local Hawaiian music throughout the night.
The dance performance showcases styles of dance from many different cultures in Hawaii including Hula, Haka, Samoan, Tahitian, Polynesian and more. The dances follow a new storyline each year, and this year’s perfomrance is about a princess traveling to different islands and experiencing different cultures.
This year, the Lu’au dancers will be performing an additional dance altogether for the finale — something they’ve never done.
Rasela Vili, the Lu’au chair this year and a Heider College of Business junior at Creighton, said that she is most excited to see everything come together for the dancers.
“My team and I have worked so hard the past year to put this event together,” Vili said. “They started practicing a month into the fall semester, so seeing them all have fun after working so hard is a wonderful thing to see.”
Randy Vu, another Arts and Sciences junior and a leader of the Haka dance, highly encourages anyone to attend in the coming years.
“It’s an experience that, one day, you might not have another chance to have,” Vu said.
As a Haka leader, Vu ensures that his dancers accurately represent the culture well. He strives for his dancers to buy into the mindset that it is their job to promote their culture.
Cole Tuisamatatele, Arts and Sciences junior, is another Haka leader and also a Samoan dancer.
“I would encourage people to attend to learn about a new culture and to definitely try our food,” Tuisamatatele said. “I’m most looking forward to eating the food.”
With such a large audience of undergraduates, graduates, families of students, faculty members and Omaha residents, members of the Lu’au can truly share their culture.
Bethany Castro, Arts and Sciences sophomore and entertainment chair of Hui O Hawaii, said that she is thankful for the continued support from the community.
“Our Lu’au is sustained by the reputation it has with students and good reviews spread by word of mouth,” Castro said. “It is very heartwarming to know that people are interested in learning about our culture.”
In addition to being the entertainment chair, Castro also makes sure instructors are on task and teaches four of her own Hula dances and is in charge of costuming and integrating the dance numbers into the storyline.
The Lu’au is Saturday at the Kiewit Fitness Center. The doors open at 4 p.m.