Midwest Pacific Islanders
Bringing the Spirit of Aloha to our Midwest Friends and Neighbors

Midwest Pacific Islanders

Welcome to the 
Midwest Pacific Islanders website! 


History of the Midwest Pacific Islanders
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, Moose Charities and Operation Comfort Warriors. Our Summer Lu'au 2015 will benefit the National Kidney Foundation.

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 Ninth Annual Summer Lu'au 2015 will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015 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.

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. Proceeds from this lu'au will be donated to the National Kidney Foundation.

Please plan to join us at our next event as we share with you the spirit of Aloha! Mahalo!