The second annual Hawaiian Luau on Saturday at the Key Peninsula Civic Center played to a packed, rollicking, well-nourished gathering of 200-plus would-be “islanders.”
Chefs Jim Harper, Delbert Kahule and Louise Sagapolu-Jones, a local catering group specializing in Hawaiian food, prepared the meal. One transplanted native Hawaiian described the food as, “just like being back home — wonderful!”
A traditional performance of hula dancing followed by a hula lesson for those willing to join in was greeted with cheers and applause.
Key Peninsulan Robbie Speer, originally from Hawaii, provided guitar and vocals with his longtime percussionist friend Nick Berry and kept guests’ toes tapping with what one visitor described as, “fabulously appropriate island entertainment.”
Speer’s wife, Colleen, executive director of Communities In Schools of Peninsula, said, “a Hawaiian family now living in Lakewood having heard of the luau came to enjoy the feast.”
Serving as master of ceremonies, Mark Roberts, KPCC Association president, handed out hula hoops to anyone interested and launched an impromptu hula hoop competition complete with humorous prizes.
Seventy youngsters participated in a kids carnival with many games and prizes, sponsored by Christine Darslow in the KPCC’s Whitmore Room.
“A local Girl Scout troop and the 4-H group Cat Tales were a tremendous help,” said Phil Bauer, a former KPCC president.
Sponsored by the Gig Harbor Kiwanis Club, more than 10 bicycles were given away at the event to kids in need, Bauer said.
Roberts also called out the numbers of lucky winners of raffle prizes for two of the largest, one of which went to an excited young couple with a 3-month-old daughter bundled to mom’s chest.
A good time was had by all.