UPS Spring Luau Celebrates Culture Through Food and Stage Performance

Music, dance, and delicious food will make for an evening of celebration as University of Puget Sound hosts their 48th annual Spring Luau at 5 p.m. on April 8.

All are invited to join the college as they celebrate Polynesian and Pacific Island culture, with a Hawaiian dinner and an internationally inspired show with traditional dances.

This event is presented by the school’s Ka Ohana Me Ke Aloha club each year, attracting nearly 1,000 people. This time it coincides with Spring Family Weekend, when families of students are invited to come and visit from all around the world. The luau theme will be Aia Ka Home Me Ka Pu’uwai, meaning “Home is Where the Heart is.”

“Home can be interpreted so many different ways, depending on the person,” said Austin Chikamoto, 2017, president of Ka Ohana Me Ke Aloha. “Home can mean where one has spent their childhood, where one has moved as an adult, or, for us college students, right here at the University of Puget Sound.”

Dinner takes place at Marshall Hall at the Wheelock Student Center and then the show will be at Memorial Fieldhouse. Music will be provided by local group Northwest Blend. Tickets are available online and also at the door, starting at $10 for the show only, $11 for dinner, or $20 for both. Children 4 and under are free.


is a staff writer at South Sound magazine.
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