So what do a bunch of Hawaiians do besides laze around?
Every year, the club organizes a few annual events for our members. In the fall, there is our annual shopping trip to one of the major outlet malls in the New England area so that freshman (and their friends) have the opportunity to buy winter clothes before the cold sets in.
There are also monthly 'Local Grindz' where members can eat all sorts of local Hawaiian food, cooked by the students themselves. Unlike many other MIT students, going home for Thanksgiving is just too far. That's why the club cooks and shares Thanksgiving dinner together. We have the usual stuff: turkey, stuffing, cranberry jelly, apple pie. But we also have some local Hawaiian stuff too: shoyu chicken, rice, poke, and haupia.
Around spring break, the club organizes its annual luau, which is open to all members of the MIT community as well as those of Greater Boston. This event is by far our largest, bringing together many of our members to help make this night as fun as possible. The luau includes a traditional Hawaiian dinner (cooked by us of course!), Hawaiian music, hula dancing, games, prizes, and good fun.
During the summer, the club holds a picnic for the incoming freshman in Honolulu, Hawaii so that they have the opportunity to meet other members before heading up to Massachusetts and to ask any questions that they may have about student life at MIT.
This is just a sample of what the club does on an annual basis. If you're interested in joining the MIT Hawaii Club, contact us or come to our next Local Grindz.
Hui 'O Hawai'i History
Hui 'O Hawai'i (the Club of Hawaii) was first founded in the cold snowy winter months of 1994 by Melody Kuroda and Kum Ming Woo. The first meeting highlighted spam musubis and the new 'ohana (family). Everyone wanted to put on a luau like other west coast Hawaii clubs, but due to the lack of funds that first year, a luau could not happen.
In April of 1996, the Hawaii Club participated in its first International Fair, and we sold mini-hakus and mini-malasadas to fundraise for our upcoming luau. After 2 years of fundraising and begging for money, the club finally put on its first luau in the late spring of 1996 in La Sala. Even though about 125 people attended the luau and the chicken long rice wasn't that great, it turned out to be a huge success.
The next year, the club decided to host the luau in Walker Memorial to a party of 300 people. Every year since then, our luau has grown in size and popularity. We are now even able to bring in local artists from Hawaii!
The club is more than a decade old and grows bigger every year. This year we will be hosting our 11th luau--ours is the biggest on the East coast! Last year, over 500 people attended. We hope that this year's luau will be as good or better. We hope that you will be able to make it!