A Hawaiian luau was held at the Salt River Community Building on July 22 for Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community seniors, along with seniors from Gila River and the Pascua Yaqui community.
The group of 77 seniors gathered for a day filled with games such as hula-hoop races and other ice-breakers that complemented the luau theme. In one game, seniors passed around a ball, and whoever held the ball in their hands at a certain time had to answer some questions. If the answers were wrong, the person was out.
Angie Dallas, SRPMIC senior recreation coordinator, organized the event. Guests enjoyed a Hawaiian lunch menu provided by Tim Dann and Karen Pete. “I got the recipes online,” Pete said, laughing. The lunch consisted of 62 pounds of pork shoulder, sweet potatoes, rice, barbecue beans, and Jell-O with fruit.
Unfortunately, the scheduled after-lunch entertainment, a group of Hawaiian fire dancers and hula dancers, never showed up. Dallas had confirmed with the group the day before, but she was unable to reach them on the day of the event.
The older women were disappointed, because they were looking forward to seeing the Hawaiian men! Although things did not go exactly as planned, the group had a great time.