CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University students are once again bringing a little bit of the islands to Oregon with the university’s 52nd annual Luau on Saturday, April 28, in Gill Coliseum.
The tradition has grown into one of OSU’s largest and most successful campus celebrations, annually attracting more than 1,000 visitors to Corvallis.
Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 26 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 in the OSU Memorial Union Quad. They are also available at http://tixrus.us. Tickets for the dinner, cultural show and concert are $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Combination show and concert tickets are $15. Tickets at the door are available for $5 more per ticket. Dinner tickets typically sell out each year.
For information, contact OSU’s Asian/Pacific American Education Office at 541-737-9033.
Sponsored by the OSU student group Hui-O-Hawaii with the Polynesian Culture Club, doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m. Dinner includes Kalua pork, Lomi salmon (salted tomatoes and salmon), chicken long rice, steamed white rice, shoyu chicken (soy sauce), and haupia (coconut flavored gelatin dessert).
Following dinner, the main show features a range of Polynesian dances performed by Hui-O-Hawaii and Polynesian Cultural Club members. Several members of the OSU football team, as well as defensive line coach Joe Seumalo, will participate in the dances.
The concert, featuring Polynesian music by Fiji starts at 9:30 p.m.
Born George Brooks Veikoso, Fiji is one of the biggest Polynesian artists. He was the recipient of the Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Hawaii’s version of the Grammy Awards) for male vocalist and Favorite Entertainer of the Year in 1998. His music is a fusion of classic reggae, hip-hop, R&B and jazz.