Event brings Hawaiian fun to Lake Tholocco
Aurora Bauer, 3, receives a lei from Monica Ott during the Lake Party Luau at Lake Tholocco last year.

FORT RUCKER, Ala., August 18, 2011 -- Those looking for a different type of Saturday night can put on a lei and enjoy fun, food and entertainment with a multicultural twist at the second annual Lake Party Luau Aug. 27 at Lake Tholocco's West Beach at 5:30 p.m.

Advanced tickets for the luau are available for $20 at the Landing Zone until Wednesday. Tickets at the gate of the luau will be $25 and the price includes a Polynesian buffet, pontoon boat rides and live entertainment throughout the night.

Lake Party Luau was created to show a different side of Fort Rucker events, said Kimberly Abeln, DFMWR annual events coordinator.

"This event was created to showcase entertainment from a culture that is not often seen in the Wiregrass area. There are many events on Fort Rucker that showcase European, Hispanic and African American heritage, but Pacific Islanders also have a great heritage of storytelling and performance that we wanted to highlight," she said.

Lake Party Luau is also different from events found all around the Wiregrass area, according to Brian Jackson, DFMWR Delivery System Program manager.

"Out of all of our events throughout the year, this is one of the most unique. It doesn't fit the southeast-Alabama style," he said.

Entertainment planned for the event includes the Aloha Hula Dancers, a group that has been performing traditional Hawaiian hulas as well as Maori and Tahitian dances for over 30 years. An act that returning guests will remember from last year is the fire knife and fire poi dancers, who will be inviting attendants to participate in their performance.

The top eight finalists from the Rockin' Rucker's talent competition will also compete in the final round at 6 p.m.

Many children's events are also planned, including popular activities from last year and new additions like tiki man piƱatas, tropical tattoos and flamingo ring toss. Two events with special Polynesian flair are 'Ulu Maika, the Hawaiian version of bowling, and a Hawaiian name translation booth.

Abeln hopes that the luau will help introduce service members and civilians to the recreation opportunities Fort Rucker has to offer and provide an enjoyable evening.

"Lake Tholocco is open to the public and is a great asset to the Wiregrass community. We hope that this event will inspire everyone who attends to take advantage of on-post resources," she said.

Lake Party Luau will have something for everyone, multicultural learning opportunities, entertainment and delicious food, all on the beautiful lakeside.

For more information on Lake Party Luau, call 255-1749, or 598-8025 for ticket information.

Page last updated Thu August 18th, 2011 at 13:51