Pacific Islanders Club reflects through annual luau


The Pacific Islander’s Club present traditional dances and food at their annual luau.

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The Pacific Islanders Club (PIC) will share their culture through dance performances that incorporate the luau theme of reflection.

This year’s theme of reflection represents the values and morals of the Pacific Islanders. The PIC will present their traditional roots through spoken word and dance performances.

“Your friends and your family make up who you are,” PIC Secretary Erin Todoki said. “You are the reflection of the values that you’ve learned. Whoever surrounds you is what you portray, so you’re a reflection of that.”

PIC President Jhenna Foronda said she hopes to correct the stereotypes of Pacific Islanders by educating people about their values.

“We’re more than just grass skirts and hula dancing,” Todoki said.

PIC Treasurer Jordan Fernandez explains that the luau will illuminate the differences from one island’s culture to another.

For dinner, the luau will feature cuisine from a variety of islands. There will also be 11 to 15 dances performed, Fernandez said.

The luau will give an award of recognition to one faculty member and one student who have dedicated a lot of time and effort to the PIC.

“It’s also a celebration to our members for being active in our club and helping us in that aspect,” Fernandez said.

The Dad’s Weekend Exhibition Luau will take place from 5:30 – 9 p.m. tonight in the CUB Senior Ballroom. Pre-sale tickets are $15 for students and $20 for non-students. At the door, tickets are $20 for students and $25 for non-students.