Lūʻau History

The Stanford Lūʻau is an annual event put on during spring quarter by Hawaiʻi Club in conjunction with Hui and Kaorihiva, with support from ASSU. Lūʻau is a celebration of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture that helps spread awareness of Polynesia to the Stanford community. The event features delicious Hawaiian food, hula and other Polynesian dances performed by Stanford students, and live music performances.

To all previous Hawaiʻi Club members: we are missing information on some previous Lūʻau celebrations. If you have any details, photos, or videos you would like to share, please send them to the current officers!

Stanford Lūʻau 2014

Stanford Hawaiʻi Club Lūʻau 2014
“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."

Members of Kaorihiva perform a hula kahiko. Photo by Amber Roberts '16

Stanford Lūʻau 2013

Stanford Hawaiʻi Club Lūʻau 2013
“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 our program, the Hōʻike, was an exhibition of Polynesian dances. It featured Kaorihiva, Stanford's Polynesian dance group, and other students performing 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. Through the show, she comes to realize the true beauty of her island home.

"Mālama Mau Hawaiʻi" (Photo by Yaya Campbell '14)

Stanford Lūʻau 2012

Stanford Hawaiʻi Club Lūʻau 2012
“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 2012 Stanford Lūʻau was held on Saturday, May 5, 2012 in White Plaza. 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!

"Fakateretere" (Photo by Dean Eyre, III)

Stanford Lūʻau 2011

Stanford Hawaiʻi Club Lūʻau 2011
“Hoʻomoe Wai Kahi Ke Kāoʻo”
Saturday, May 14, 2011
White Plaza
11:45 PM–2:45 PM

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

Stanford Lūʻau 2010

Stanford Hawaiʻi Club Lūʻau 2010
“Ka Pana Ola, The Rhythm of Life”
Saturday, May 1, 2010
White Plaza
12:00 PM–3:00 PM

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

Stanford Lūʻau 2009

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

Stanford Lūʻau 2008

Stanford Hawaiʻi Club Lūʻau 2008
“Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu” (Strive for the Summit)
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Manzanita Courtyard
12:00 PM–4:00 PM

Stanford Lūʻau 2005

Stanford Hawaiʻi Club Lūʻau 2005
“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 Hoʻopaʻi

Stanford Lūʻau 2003

Stanford Hawaiʻi Club Lūʻau 2003
“Nā Leo O Nā Mokupuni” (The 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

Stanford Hawaiʻi Club Lūʻau 2002
“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