Menlo College Shares the Aloha Spirit

By Vicky Schultz

On the evening of Saturday, April 5, the Menlo College community was treated to a vibrant display of dancing and singing at this year’s annual Lu`au organized by Menlo’s Hawaii Club. The Haynes-Prim Pavilion was transformed into a Hawaiian Oasis where attendees shared the Aloha spirit by feasting on authentic Hawaiian food such as Kalua Pork and Chicken Long Rice.

Months of hula practice and long nights of preparation resulted in what was Menlo’s 23rd Annual Lu`au. Performances included the popular Haka, a Maori performance commonly seen before sporting events, as well as the Mele A Ka Pu’Uwai, which featured the graduating seniors in the Hawaii Club.

“This year’s Hawaii Club was made up of such a hardworking, dedicated, and supportive group of people,” said Mikey Kukahiwa-Haruno ‘14, President of the Hawaii Club. “Their hard work really was put on full display at our annual Lu`au which I believe has been one of the best thus far. Serving as president was truly a blessing and I am so proud of the group this year. I would like to thank our amazing advisor Jen Wright, family, and friends for all the love and support that they’ve provided for our club.”

“I am so proud of the students and and so blessed to be able to continue the tradition and be a part of an amazing club,” commented Jennifer Wright, Manager of Advancement Services and Advisor to the Hawaii Club.