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University of Arizona Hawaii Club

Contact:  Ray White (President for 2002-2003)
Location:  University of Arizona’s Social Sciences building Room 222 (Note:  Location as of 10/1/02.  Contact President via email for up to date location)

Brief Introduction of Organization:  Although leaving the islands of Hawaii to attend college is quite common, it does not make the transition to the mainland any easier.  If you can imagine moving to school 3,000 miles away, living in a different culture, eating different foods, while always wondering where the beach is, then you can relate to the incoming Hawaii freshmen that attend the UofA every year.  It is because of these four reasons, that a group of homesick UofA students from Hawaii started the UofA Hawaii Club in 1994.  Thus giving the freshmen a place of support and of common gathering in such a foreign world while perpetuating and sharing Hawaii’s culture with Tucson.

To this day the Hawaii Club has continued the objectives of those founding members.   The club averages thirty members a year and calls upon them numerous times each semester, asking for their help to spread the Hawaiian Culture and Aloha Spirit through community service projects, fundraisers, socials, and the annual Hawaii Club Luau.  Through these events Hawaii’s song, dance, food, and culture is shared with Tucson and also the members of the club.  The club is definitely not limited to Hawaiin people, and welcomes anyone who is interested in learning about Hawaii (currently members range from California, Arizona, Hawaii, Guam, Sai Pan, Korea, etc.).

Interested in Joining:  Contact the President of the club by email or phone.  Additionally, you are encouraged to stop by at the bi-monthly meetings held on Tuesdays at the University of Arizona’s Social Sciences building Room 222 at 8pm.  There is no obligation to join, but if you are interested in becoming an official member, fees are $20 for the year and $15 for the semester.  This fee helps the club subsidize all of the socials during the year and helps to produce an outstanding Hawaii Club Luau.

Community Service, Fundraisers, & Socials:  The club promotes the Hawaiian culture here in Tucson by becoming involved in numerous community service projects, fundraisers, and, socials.  These events give members the chances to not only get to know each other, but also to share with Tucson the Hawaiian culture.  These lasting memories include the selling of food & the exhibition of hula and live Hawaiian music. 

Beginning of the Year Salt River Social
Beginning of the Year Salt River Social
(Closest thing to the beach in Arizona)


Ukulele Jam Session!
Ukulele Jam Session!

Official Hawaii Club Shirt 2001
Official Hawaii Club Shirt 2001

Hawaii Club Luau:  The luau culminates a year of fundraising efforts and months of food and dance preparation done by the club.  The members of the club do all of the organizing and running of this annual luau.  Each year the luau has a new and intriguing program that is sure to whisp you away with a Hawaiian dinner show fit for King Kamehameha himself. The purpose of the luau is to share with the Tucson community an authentic Hawaiian Luau; everything from the food to the dance is done in the Island Style.

Examples of the various foods are the kalua pig, turkey, and sweet potato dishes that are all cooked by red-hot lava rocks in an authentic imu.  The food never stops there though; the menu fills you up with poi, chicken long rice, lomi salmon, tossed salad, haupia, rice, pineapples fresh from Hawaii, fruit punch, and pineapple upside down cake. The club also does the entertainment.  Both the men and women of the club perform beautiful Hawaiian dances, called hula.  Those members also sometimes perform Tahitian, Samoan, and Maori dances.  At the luau you will also find a country store that sells various items from Hawaii: snacks, shirts, cd’s, jewelry, frames, posters, leis, etc.  Be sure to buy some fresh flower leis shipped fresh from Hawaii.  Each one has its own unique fragrance of Hawaii.

Interested in attending the Hawaii Club Luau?  Who wouldn’t be?  For only $25 you are treated to a unique Hawaiian Luau in Tucson, with good food, a superb show, and authentic memorabilia to take home.  Tickets are limited and are always sold out, so get them now.


Pidgin English - “We wen make da club and now we iz like ohana and we try fo' shea da  aloha spirit wit all da odda guyz up hea going skoo and from da mainlan.”

Translation -  "We are a club that is like a family, sharing the aloha spirit with those from Hawaii and the Mainland.”


Aloha Spirit -- a feeling of love and respect towards strangers, friends, and family

Chicken Long Rice --  a chicken soup with clear noodles, green onions, and ginger.

Haupia – coconut pudding desert

Hula – Categorized into Hula Kahiko and Hula Auana, this is the traditional and modern styles of Hawaiian dance, respectively.

Imu – traditional method of cooking a meat and vegatables in an underground oven; Typically used to  make  Kalua Pig, lava rocks are heated until glowing red and  then are stuffed into a whole pig; in effect slow cooking it in an oven

Island Style – to do things in the same manner as a local would do

King Kamehameha -- the name of the family of kings whom ruled the Hawaiian Islands before becoming part of the U.S.

Lomi Salmon – similar to a salsa, lomi salmon consists of diced tomatoes and salmon seasoned with Hawaiian salt and green onions.

Poi -- made from the mashing of Hawaiian taro root, poi is eaten as a starch in Hawaii, in the place of noodles, and is bland in taste.

Rice --  no meal in Hawaii can be eaten without plain medium grain rice!

Ukulele – Portuguese instrument brought over to Hawaii and is a must have in Hawaiian music