November 14th and 15th, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. WSC Ballroom.
BUY TICKETS HERE: Tickets are $5 w/BYU ID $7 General Public.
Practices for the show will start in September.
Dancers are allowed 2 unexcused absences before removal from the program.
After signing up, your section leader will email you with specific practice times and location.
Most sections will have a costume fee. While it varies by section, participants should expect to pay around $20-$25 for costume pieces that they can keep. Your section leader will have more specifics regarding costumes.
Thank you for your participation in this year's Lu'au!
Hometown: Suva, Fiji
Major: English Teaching Major Minor: Family Life
Why I’m doing this? I love my culture and I love my home country, so I am taking this opportunity, as Fiji Section Leader, to teach others why I love Fiji so much. Right now I am the only Fijian female student here at BYU, it was never my intention to be a part of the program but through the positive influence of friends and family I feel the need to give a part of myself to the school. Fiji is who I am, and I hope that the participants will love my culture and country a little bit more than what they had started this semester with.
Lehua Tenney Oliphant
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii; Pleasant Grove, Utah
Major: Family and Consumer Sciences Education
I decided to be a section leader because I love the Hawaiian culture and dancing is something I absolutely love. I'm Hawaiian and Samoan, and I'm so grateful for this opportunity that I have to share my culture with others. I hope that I can somehow make a positive difference in even just one person's life.
I enjoy singing, dancing (mainly Polynesian and clogging), talking, helping others, making new friends, and spending time with my family.
Section: New Zealand
Hometown: Rexburg, Idaho
I chose to be the section leader for New Zealand because I was in this section in last year's Luau. I made so many friends, and I love to share the Maori spirit through song and dance.
From: Mesa, AZ
I absolutely love to dance! I started dancing when I was 6 and I still haven't stopped 13 years later. Dancing has always been a way that I can share my culture with others. I am half Samoan and half Caucasian, making me an afekasi. I am so grateful for this opportunity to be a section leader and be able to share a little piece of Samoa with BYU.
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Major: Experience Design and Management
I have a passion for creating memorable experiences and developing lasting relationships with those around me. One of the best experiences I've had at BYU is dancing in the Luau. I've developed a love of dance while participating with the Tahiti section these past few years. I became a section leader to help others develop a love and appreciation for the culture of Tahiti and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this year's Luau!
Hometown: Sandy, Oregon
Major: Biodiversity and Conservation
I decided to be a section leader because I was a part of the Tahitian section last year and wanted to help others have a great experience like I did. Luau has been one of my favorite experiences at BYU because it makes me feel included, when you can feel lost in the immense student body. It is a great opportunity to meet people out of your major and get out of your comfort zone. I look forward to working with everyone involved at luau and hope that the Tahitian section can be a home away from home.
A little bit about myself: I enjoy picnics, sunny days, flower arranging, sports, and spending time with friend and family.
Major: Social Science Teaching
From: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Fun fact: My favorite food is Mexican.
I chose to be a section leader for Tonga because I love my culture that my father has shared with me. Through song and dance I know our community can come closer to understanding the testimony and strength of the Happy Islands!
Major: Public Health
From: Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I wanted to share my culture with others here at BYU.