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Silverdale Beach Hotel goes Hawaiian

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The Silverdale Beach Hotel kicks off July with an authentic Hawaiian luau this weekend.

The luau is this Saturday, July 7, on the beach at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. Music and food will flood the beach from 2 to 8 p.m.

The hotel has hosted several Hawaiian events in the past, but this is the first time they have hosted a luau on the beach.

“Our marketing and promotion director is from Hawaii and she came up with the idea because we have the space and there’s a pretty large contingent of Hawaiians in the area,” said Chris Koebelin, Silverdale Beach Hotel general manager.

The luau took seven months to plan and will feature canoe rides, Hawaiian storytelling, a Mai Tai cocktail greeting, an imu (underground oven) ceremony and a Hawaiian vendors fair. Fifteen vendors, including travel agencies, will have information about Hawaii. Several vendors are flying in straight from Hawaii to attend the luau. Each guest will receive a lei greeting upon arrival at the beach event.

“It’s a good opportunity for people to get information about Hawaii,” Koebelin said.

For those 21 years of age and older, the Silverdale Beach Hotel is hosting “Ohana Nights” in the bar from 8 p.m. to midnight. A Hawaiian band will play Hawaiian music throughout the night while people enjoy drinks and the company of others.

“We’ve held three ‘Ohana Nights’ events in the last six months which were very successful,” Koebelin said.

Tickets for the Hawaiian luau are $55 per adult and $22.50 per child. They are available on the Silverdale Beach Hotel’s Web site at www.silverdalebeachhotel.com and by phone at (800) 544-9799 or (360) 698-1000. Tickets will be on sale all week and some walk-ins will be accepted the day of the luau.

“We encourage people to get tickets no later than Friday,” Koebelin said.

He is expecting nearly 400 people to attend and hopes to make the Hawaiian luau an annual event.

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