In October, 2011, the Midwest Pacific Islanders, Inc. became an official not-for-profit corporation (501(c-3). Our main purpose is to provide education about the Polynesian culture here in the Midwest through the lu’au experience, while at the same time raising money for a charitable cause. Previous charitable donations were made to the America Red Cross Disaster Fund (for the Midwest), American Cancer Society and Moose Charities. Our 2014 Summer Lu'au benefited Operation Comfort Warriors.
The word “lu’au” means feast. The traditional lu’au is an elaborate feast featuring authentic Hawaiian foods and entertainment. The Midwest Pacific Islanders Annual Lu'au was started in 2006 by Kalani Pieper, a native born Hawaiian, and John Ma’ae, a native born Samoan, to bring together the Ohana (family), friends, and people from all walks of life and experience the feast and fellowship, as well as providing them with knowledge and education in the traditions of the Polynesian culture. From its humble beginnings the event has now expanded to a planning Committee of approximately 15 members who donate countless hours of their time and talents to make it all come together.
Our Eighth Annual Summer Lu'au 2014 was held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 beginning at 3:00 p.m. in our new location at the American Legion Hall in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The American Legion Hall is located off I-94 and provided easy access for both the Milwaukee and Chicago Ohana. We reserved a block of rooms at a local hotel in the area for those attending out of town.
Your ticket includes a dinner buffet with authentic Polynesian foods, a dinner show and a main show featuring Pesi's Royale Polynesian Revue. There will also be a raffle, 50/50 drawing and cultural education.
Kanikapila and Karaoke (open jam/Polynesian music/karaoke) Presented by Kalani's Karaoke Entertainment was held on Friday, August 22, 2014, 7:00-11:00 pm at the American Legion Pavilion, 9327 S Shepard Rd, Oak Creek, WI. Cash Bar. $5 Cover Charge. Proceeds were donated to Operation Comfort Warriors.
Please plan to join us at our next event as we share with you the spirit of Aloha! Mahalo!
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