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Spring 2014


This research focused on Hawai’i student’s cultural identity at the University of Portland, which is a catholic based institution. To get a better understanding of how they express their cultural identity to the larger population, the research asked what the significance of Luau was to expressing cultural identity to the students and how it helps to shape their identity. Two students from Hawai’i were interviewed for this research that both had a position or stake in the Hawai’i club and Luau. They were interviewed for around a half hour with questions focused on their cultural identity, how they express it at the University of Portland, and the role of Luau in expressing their culture. The results found that Luau is not just about presenting their culture, but also about how the Hawaiians accept other people and cultures outside of their own and how they aim to be accepted by them.

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