Past Lūʻau

The Stanford Lūʻau is a celebration of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture put on by Hawaiʻi Club in conjunction with Hui and Kaorihiva, with support from ASSU. Lūʻau features traditional and local-style Hawaiian food, live music performances, and traditional Polynesian dances such as hula. Held annually in spring quarter, Lūʻau honors and celebrates the often under-represented indigenous cultures of Hawaiʻi and greater Polynesia, helping to increase visibility and spread awareness to the Stanford community.

We are missing information on many previous Lūʻau celebrations. If you are a former member of Hawaiʻi Club and have any details, photos, or videos that you would like to share, please send them to the current officers!

Stanford Lūʻau 2014

34th Annual Stanford Lūʻau
“Hoʻomoe Wai Kahi Ke Kāoʻo”
Saturday, April 19, 2014
White Plaza
12:00 PM–3:00 PM

Co-Chairs: Alexis Kahanu '16, Cuyler Hirata '16, Natasha Daniels '16, Nick Akiona '15, Russell Wong '16

The theme was "hoʻomoe wai kahi ke kāoʻo," an ʻōlelo noʻeau (poetic saying) that means "let's all travel together like water flowing in the same direction."

Photos: Dean Eyre III, Philbaz

Members of Kaorihiva perform a hula kahiko. (Amber Roberts '16)

Maya Yamane '14 and Cheryl Miyake '13 perform "Lei Hoʻoheno." (Greg Dalit)

Stanford Lūʻau 2013

33rd Annual Stanford Lūʻau
“Hoʻolaʻi Nā Manu I Ke Aheahe”
Saturday, April 20, 2013
White Plaza
12:00 PM–3:00 PM

Co-Chairs: ʻAwapuhi Lee '15, Bryson McFeeley '15, Jana Kaopuiki '15, Kamie Fujiwara '15, Olivia Borge '15

The theme, "hoʻolaʻi nā manu i ke aheahe," is an ʻōlelo noʻeau (poetic saying) that means "the birds poise quietly in the gentle breeze." It's said of those who are at peace and content with life.

The first part of the program was the hōʻike, an exhibition of Polynesian dances featuring Kaorihiva and individual performances of dances from across Polynesia: Tahiti, Hawaiʻi, Sāmoa, Tonga, and Aotearoa (New Zealand).

The main show was put on by more than 30 volunteer student performers, featuring live music by Dane Fujiwara. Eight hula dances wove a story about an island girl who is unhappy with her home. By the end of the show, she realizes the true beauty of the islands.

Photos: Dean Eyre III

"Mālama Mau Hawaiʻi" (Yaya Campbell '14)

Stanford Lūʻau 2012

32nd Annual Stanford Lūʻau
“Pūpūkahi I Holomua”
Saturday, May 5, 2012
White Plaza
12:00 PM–3:00 PM

Co-Chairs: Jacob Cruz '14, Maya Yamane '14, Tristan Poasa '14, Yaya Campbell '14

The theme, "pūpūkahi i holomua," means "unite to move forward." The event featured live music by the Kapalakiko Hawaiian Band, student dance performances, and ʻono Hawaiian food!

Photos: Dean Eyre III

"Fakateretere" (Dean Eyre III)

Stanford Lūʻau 2011

31st Annual Stanford Lūʻau
“Hoʻomoe Wai Kahi Ke Kāoʻo”
Saturday, May 14, 2011
White Plaza
11:45 AM

Co-Chairs: Cheryl Miyake '13, Jasmine Lee '13, Jenn Lyman '13, Kendra Ho Ching '11, Kristy Alama '13

Photos: Dean Eyre III

Stanford Lūʻau 2010

30th Annual Stanford Lūʻau
“Ka Pana Ola” (The Rhythm of Life)
Saturday, May 1, 2010
White Plaza
12:30 PM

Co-Chairs: Edie Constable '12, Eric Lau '11, Hoku Ching '10, Nicole DeVille '12, Thomas Young '12

Stanford Lūʻau 2009

29th Annual Stanford Lūʻau
“Pūpūkahi I Holomua” (Unite to Move Forward)
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Manzanita Dining
12:00 PM–3:00 PM

Stanford Lūʻau 2008

28th Annual Stanford Lūʻau
“Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu” (Strive for the Summit)
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Manzanita Courtyard
12:00 PM–3:00 PM

Co-Chairs: Awapuhi Dancil '10, Hoku Ching '10, Leah Siania, Lisa Yang, Noelle Spring

Stanford Lūʻau 2007

27th Annual Stanford Lūʻau
“Ka Leo O Ka Pākīpika” (The Voice of the Pacific)
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Manzanita Courtyard
12:00 PM–3:00 PM

Stanford Lūʻau 2005

25th Annual Stanford Lūʻau
“E Hoʻi I Ka Piko” (Return to the Source)
Saturday, April 30, 2005
Manzanita Courtyard
1:00 PM

Co-Chairs: Jessica Chong, Matt Jachowski, Ranier Gadduang, Sarah Kaopuiki, Holo Hoopai

Stanford Lūʻau 2004

24th Annual Stanford Lūʻau
“Ke Ala Naʻauao” (Journeys of Enlightenment)
Saturday, May 1, 2004
Manzanita Courtyard
12:30 PM

Co-Chairs: Ana Hofschneider, Caryn Kunz, Marina Lieban, Aaron Quitugua-Flores ’06, Tiffany Tanaka

Stanford Lūʻau 2003

23rd Annual Stanford Lūʻau
“Nā Leo O Nā Mokupuni” (Voices of the Islands)
Saturday, May 3, 2003
Manzanita Courtyard

Co-Chairs: Kara Wong, Lester Lau, Lisa Yoshimi, Sarah Gilbert, Julia Nelson

Stanford Lūʻau 2002

22nd Annual Stanford Lūʻau
“Nā Pua O Hawaiʻi” (The Flowers of Hawaiʻi)
Saturday, May 4, 2002
Manzanita Courtyard

Co-Chairs: Nicole Dolan, Jordan Lee, Ryan McCormack, Nikki Probst, Lance Mitsunaga