Sunday, April 11, 2010

Aloha from Forest Grove!

Na Haumana O Hawaii, Pacific's Hawaiian club, celebrated its 50th year with a luau and show featuring the songs and dances of Hawaii and the Pacific islands. I was invited to join the celebration by my First Reader and a junior at Pacific, Emily, and her mother and my friend, Karen. Emily's twin, Steven, was briefly present but departed to pursue his own activities.

We caught up on news, shared some girl talk, and enjoyed a dinner of kalua pig, long rice, teriyaki chicken, haupia, coconut cake, and luau punch. We strolled around campus and explored a few blocks of Forest Grove, contracted sore butts on the bleachers, and stressed out during the Siva Afi fire dance.

The students from Hawaii make up twenty-five percent of the Pacific undergraduates. Because Hawaii is such a melting pot of cultures, the Hawaiian students provide diversity and a sunny spirit to a college campus. Not to mention the yummiest "care packages" from home!!

Having attended a small liberal arts college, I enjoyed visiting the Pacific campus. Makes me want to visit my own alma mater (Linfield College), which has practically doubled in size.

Great company, good food, and a fun show made for a fabulous Saturday.

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