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Hui 'O Hawai'i Club Annual Lu'au Sunday, May 2

April 29, 2010

Hui 'O Hawai'i is pleased to host its 23rd annual lu'au, "An Evening in Paradise" on Sunday, May 2. Doors open at 5 p.m. A live band will start off the night as you enjoy an authentic Hawaiian meal, followed by a dance program showcasing Hula and Tahitian dances.

Authentic items flown-in from Hawaii

The student volunteers work very hard every year to put on this event. Each year, plants, pineapple, and other items from Hawaii are flown in to make the event as authentic as possible.

Enchanting and fun tradition

In 1985, four students and a faculty advisor had an idea to begin a Hawai’i club at Colorado State University. Today, there are almost 100 undergraduate students from Hawaii with many of them being a part of Hui 'O Hawai’i.

Over the years, Hui 'O Hawai'i has brought together people from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and Northern Colorado communities to celebrate the Hawaiian culture and aloha.

Hui 'O Hawai’i also aims to assist new students in their adjustment to college life and life away from home. The club coordinates:

  • winter clothing shopping trips
  • potlucks
  • volunteer activities
  • intramural sports participation

Grown in popularity

Every spring the club hosts the annual lu'au, a celebration of Hawaii’s culture and traditions by way of music, dancing, trivia, and, of course, food! Our first lu'au was held in the spring of 1987 at John XXIII Church with less than 200 people attending. The program consisted of less than 10 dancers with bed sheets for costumes and all the food was prepared in students’ homes.

In recent years, the lu'au has been held here in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom, where we can seat over 500 people.

The lu'au has evolved a lot over the years, but the ultimate goal has always remained the same; to share the spirit of aloha and a love of the Hawaiian culture with the state of Colorado.


Tickets for this event can be purchased at the Campus Box Office in the Lory Student Center.

  • $15 for students
  • $22 for non-students
  • Children 5 and under are free

Admission covers expenses, ensures lu'au held each year

The club does not make any profit from this event. We charge ticket fees to cover all lu'au expenses and to ensure that there are sufficient funds to continue putting on this event year after year.

Contact: Petra Marlin
Phone: (970) 491-5457