The Stanford Lūʻau is an annual event put on during spring quarter by Hawaiʻi Club, in conjunction with Hui and Kaorihiva. Lūʻau is a celebration of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture that helps spread awareness of Hawaiʻi to the Stanford community. The event features delicious Hawaiian food, hula and other Polynesian dances performed by Stanford students, and live music performances.
Stanford Lūʻau 2013
“Hoʻolaʻi Nā Manu I Ke Aheahe”
Saturday, April 20, 2013
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
This year's Lūʻau theme, "Hoʻolaʻi Nā Manu I Ke Aheahe," is an ʻōlelo noʻeau (poetic saying) that means "the birds poise quietly in the gentle breeze." It's said of those who are at peace and content with life.
The first part of our program, the Hōʻike, was an exhibition of Polynesian dances. It featured Kaorihiva, Stanford's Polynesian dance group, and other students performing dances from across Polynesia: from Tahiti, Hawaiʻi, Sāmoa, Tonga, and Aotearoa (New Zealand).
The Main Show was put on by more than 30 volunteer student performers, featuring live music by Dane Fujiwara. Eight hula dances wove a story about an island girl who is unhappy with her home. Through the show, she comes to realize the true beauty of her island home.