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

Midwest Pacific Islanders

Welcome to the 
Midwest Pacific Islanders website! 

Unfortunately, due to many circumstances, including the recent inclement weather issues and health issues among the committee and board members, we are forced to cancel this year’s winter event.  We want to thank you for your continued support and we certainly apologize for any inconvenience occasioned as a result. Refunds have been issued for payment for tickets previously purchased. Please click here for a message from Kalani Pieper and a discount coupon for your purchase of tickets for the Summer Luau, August 24, 2014.

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 and Moose Charities.

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.  

Edwards YMCA Camp in East Troy, Wisconsin has been the home of our Summer event for the last five years. The camp also offers lodging (lodge rooms, cabins and tent camping) which has also become part of the weekend event.  The Camp Director, Steve Cummins, and staff have been very gracious in accommodating our needs. The Edwards Camp is a beautiful setting for this exciting event.  Your ticket includes activities provided by the Camp such as swimming, camping, canoeing, archery, rock wall climbing, volleyball, etc.

Your ticket includes a dinner buffet with authentic Polynesian foods, a dinner show and a main show in the evening.   There are also music, dancing and cultural activities throughout the day.  
Please join us as we share with you the spirit of Aloha! Mahalo!