Luau celebrates Asian, Pacific Island culture
Tedrick Otto, front, Jediah Koshiba, Uriel Rodriguez-Gomez, Derrick Otto, Moses Madronero, Nick Valdez, Jericho Daniel and Xyler Elias walk on McKinley School’s stage for their warrior dance performance during a Tuesday, April 30 luau.
Students had the opportunity to share Asian and Pacific Island cultures with their peers, teachers and other community members during a recent luau.
Girls wearing grass dresses and flowers in their hair and boys dressed as warriors performed dances native to the islands during the event held Tuesday, April 30 at McKinley School.
The evening began with dinner provided by the English Language Learner parents and included barbecued teriyaki chicken or pork, chow mein, pot stickers, egg rolls, fruit and bright green and pink tapioca balls.
Following the meal, students took to the stage to demonstrate their dancing. A Palauan contemporary party dance kicked the performances off. Other dances included “Pate Pate,” a Pacific Island dance, which said, “Stand up, sing and dance sweetly. The warm wind is comforting. Dance freely with pride. There is much soul searching, though we try to do it on our own, We all belong to the great family of the world.”
A group of boys performed a Palauan war dance led by Stevan Elias. Alice Li and Naomi Madronero performed a Filipino duck dance, which portrayed ducks waking up and being fed. Moses Madronero played the farmer.
Dancing concluded with “Witi Witi Mo,” a love song about a boy in love with a girl who is engaged to someone else.
According to Claudia Dunlavy, English Learner and Title VII coordinator for the Susanville School District, a lot of students in the district are from Asia and the Pacific Islands and the luau recognized their culture and the richness it brings to the community.
Students in the English Language Learner program and the homework club had been practicing since January and Dunlavy said they hope to make the luau an annual event.
The luau coordinated with the start of Asia and Pacific Island Month on May 1, and was organized by the District English Language Advisory Committee.
Not only did the event celebrate the students’ culture, it encouraged family participation in school events across culture lines.
Dunlavy said there are studies that show the more parent involvement in the school, the better the students’ success.
Susanville School District Superintendent Jason Waddell and Dunlavy also presented certificates to the advisory committee members who “are supportive of us and our school district.”
Dunlavy said it is a wonderful group of people committed to supporting students and the district.
“I feel honored to be working with them,” she said.
If proceeds are made from the ticket sales, Dunlavy said they will be used to take the students on a study trip, which will be educational and cultural and will broaden their vocabularies.
Kamaria Howard is one of many dancers performing a Pacific Island dance during a luau held at McKinley School.
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