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It's time again for Pacific's annual lu'au

NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO  - Dancing is a huge part of the performance at Pacifics annual luau, which also includes musical performances and fire juggling. Cherry blossoms, kids running around outside and Pacific University’s lu’au — these are markers of spring in Forest Grove.

This weekend, the smell of Hawaiian flowers and authentic cuisine will fill the air as attendees flock to Pacific’s Forest Grove campus. Ná Haumána O Hawaii, Pacific’s Hawaiian club, is putting on its 55th annual lu’au this Saturday, April 11.

An authentic meal and show featuring traditional Polynesian dance, music and more always draws crowds. The lu’au is a collaborative effort of the university’s Hawaii club, faculty, staff, local community members, businesses and family members residing in Hawai’i. Many students’ parents come from the islands a week in advance to make leis and put together decorations.

The meal takes place in University Center from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and consists of traditional staples — kalua pig, chicken long rice, teriyaki chicken, poi, haupia, coconut cake and punch. The show will be held in the Stoller Center and begins at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30). NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO  - Dancing is a huge part of the performance at Pacifics annual luau, which also includes musical performances and fire juggling.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $38, depending on seating and dinner choice, and are available at boxofficetickets.com. For more information about tickets pacificu.edu/current-undergraduate/activities/clubs-and-organizations/luau/ticket-information or call 503-352-2073.

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