The quiet streets of charming Old Town Auburn will be shut down and transformed into an island paradise on Saturday, as the first-ever Old Town Auburn Luau kicks off in grand fashion with live music, delicious Hawaiian food and beverages, and the hula dancers of Kühai Hälau O Moana Pä ‘Olapa Kahiko.
The dancers and musicians will arguably have to compete for the starring role, as Bootleggers, one of the 11 participating Old Town restaurants, will be honoring the spirit of the luau by serving up a 200 lb. roasted pig. There will be plenty of beverage options to wash down the roast pig—The Auburn Ale House will be making a special brew for the event, and the 49er Lions Club will be operating a Mai Tai booth. For the kids, count on a shaved ice truck to serve up sweet refreshments.
Additionally, the event will be raffling off a weeklong trip for two to the Hawaiian island of choice, including the cost of airfare, hotel and rental car. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $10 at Pineapple Pier or other participating Old Town businesses.
Event organizer Ralph Osborne, who owns the Old Town Hawaiian shirt store Pineapple Pier, once lived in Hawaii, and pitched the idea of the luau as a way to bring the islands back to Auburn, and bring the community together for some tropical fun.
For more information, go to oldtownauburnluau.com
What: First annual Old Town Auburn Luau
When: Saturday, June 27, 4–9 p.m.
Where: Old Town Auburn
Cost: Admission is free. Free parking and shuttle located at the Auburn Fairgrounds