Students, advisers and families have been preparing for Nā Hamaumāna O Hawai‘i’s NHOH 55th annual Lū‘au for almost a year. To add a special twist to this event, the NHOH club asked alumni for their help and support in putting the production together.
Throughout the night, attendees may have seen familiar faces dancing, chanting and talking at the podium. Donna Ramos ’08 was one of the three Masters of Ceremonies featured at the show, along with appearances from the class of 2014 to represent the Lū‘au Court.
As one of the costume committee chairs, sophomore Makkie Conching, had her hands full.
“It was stressful, but seeing the final outcome was completely worth it,” Conching said.
Conching looks forward to being a part of the costume committee next year and added that there is still work to be done after lū‘au.
Her committee had to wash and put away all the costumes that were used. Another sophomore, Kylie Koga, who instructed one of the wāhine ‘auana hulas, noticed that this year’s show was less chaotic and ran a lot smoother in comparison to last year.
“Students took charge this year and that really made a difference,” Koga said.
Freshman Wyatt Saling agrees. Watching from the audience, she thought the show was great and really enjoyed the fire knife portion.
“I was really hoping someone or something would catch on fire during the show,” Saling said. “You know, to keep it interesting.”
By bringing together past and present members of Pacific’s ‘ohana, the NHOH club was able to put together a show that they was unique to past years.