Hawaiian luau brings students together to rediscover their cultural roots

Hui O’Imiloa, the Hawaii Club at UCLA, will host its 31st annual luau Saturday in Ackerman Grand Ballroom, uniting students of different enthnicities to show authentic Hawaiian culture and dance. (Kathy Chen/Daily Bruin)

Hui O’Imiloa, the Hawaii Club at UCLA, will host its 31st annual luau Saturday in Ackerman Grand Ballroom, uniting students of different enthnicities to show authentic Hawaiian culture and dance. (Kathy Chen/Daily Bruin)

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Luau performers scrambled to their rehearsal positions with the playful, nimble sound of the ukelele on one side of the room and the mighty beats of tribal drums on the other.


The Ghanaian Atumpan, a pair of large barrel drums which are played with sticks, makes a sound similar to some African languages, like the Ewe language. (Marley Maron/Daily Bruin)

Sounds of Schoenberg: Atumpan

Two large barrel drums sat side by side in the ethnomusicology department, representing the musical culture of African villages from which they originated. The drums are called Atumpan, considered a Ghanaian talking drum due to its ability to imitate language. Read more...

The Ghanaian Atumpan, a pair of large barrel drums which are played with sticks, makes a sound similar to some African languages, like the Ewe language. (Marley Maron/Daily Bruin)

"Game of Thrones" actress Maisie Williams (center) made a surprise appearance at a "Game of Thrones" sixth season premiere viewing party Sunday night. Williams brought popcorn, chips, brownie bites and a bottle of prosecco with her to share with the students. (Courtesy of Maisie Williams via Instagram)
"Game of Thrones" actress Maisie Williams (center) made a surprise appearance at a "Game of Thrones" sixth season premiere viewing party Sunday night. Williams brought popcorn, chips, brownie bites and a bottle of prosecco with her to share with the students. (Courtesy of Maisie Williams via Instagram)

The Fowler Museum at UCLA received a $1 million gift from longtime donors Jay and Deborah Last. The Lasts have donated to the museum since 1973 and participated in campaigning during the building's opening in 1992. (Mackenzie Possee/Daily Bruin)
The Fowler Museum at UCLA received a $1 million gift from longtime donors Jay and Deborah Last. The Lasts have donated to the museum since 1973 and participated in campaigning during the building's opening in 1992. (Mackenzie Possee/Daily Bruin)

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Kelly Brennan/Daily Bruin

Dually Noted, co-founded by third-year theater student Mina Bloom (center left), aims to showcase individual scripts, lyrics and compositions of UCLA students, as opposed to broadway musicals. The group will perform for the first time Saturday at the Improv Space. (Julie Hanash/Daily Bruin)

Students showcase originality, freshman talent in musical theater

An actress and a composer hatched a plan within the confines of a storage closet for offstage actors during UCLA’s production of “The Trojan Women.” Backstage of yet another show selected for the pair by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Lauren Henning and Mina Bloom decided they were no longer content to perform music written and chosen by someone else. Read more...

Dually Noted, co-founded by third-year theater student Mina Bloom (center left), aims to showcase individual scripts, lyrics and compositions of UCLA students, as opposed to broadway musicals. The group will perform for the first time Saturday at the Improv Space. (Julie Hanash/Daily Bruin)

(Harishwer Balasubramani/Daily Bruin)
(Harishwer Balasubramani/Daily Bruin)


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