Student Productions put on a Hawaiian luau party on March 16 from 5-7pm at the UT pool.
The purpose of this event was for the diversity chair in Student Productions, Michelle Mooney, to have a cultural gathering and to teach people about the Hawaiian lifestyle. Mooney teamed up with the recreation chair, Anna Buccafuri, to make this event financially possible.
Both Mooney and Buccafuri pulled their budgets together and invited other organizations to come out and support. Members of Student Government stopped in as well as people tabling for 1000 people to sign a petition to bring recycling to campus under the campaign of “Recycling is beaUTiful.”
Mooney put on this event to showcase her Hawaiian heritage. The event consisted of authentic Hawaiian food, snow cones, smoothies, and hula and limbo contest.
Students who won any of the contests got to pick out Student Productions “swag” – such as free sunglasses, totes, and a coconut or pineapple souvenir cup.
Students also had the option to take pictures with the Hawaiian cutouts and backdrops. There were colorful grass skirts and leis provided to get students in the Hawaiian spirit.
The students were able to swim with floating devices in the pool and use beach balls to play around with in their free time.
Mooney judged the hula hooping and limbo contests. She also taught people how to hula dance and had anyone interested follow her lead as WUTT (the school radio) played Hawaiian music for everyone to dance along to. Once students proved their skills she let them come to the front and lead others with their dance moves.
As the event progressed, students gathered around WUTT to dance to songs. They UT radio played traditional Hawaiian music as well as Jesse McCartney and T-Pain to get students excited about the two artists performing at Party in the Park, a free concert for UT students, on March 23.
The evening concluded with the Student Productions marketing chair, Julia Calandra, announcing all of the upcoming events for students. They consisted of Party in the Park, a movie night, and Casino Night.