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A grand luau in Tehachapi

Hawaiian and Tahitian music, dancing and food was superb at the Red House Luau on Aug. 6. Mano and MeiMei Lujan hosted the event and Mano even roasted a pig the Hawaiian way and served it with a smile.

The evening commenced with drinks for all, even fancy pineapple drinks from the bar. Divine music and dancing entertained the big crowd, accompanied by tasty pupus (Hawaiian appetizers). The dancers were coordinated by talented Director Marnie Kawailehua Pfeffer. You can learn more about them at http://www.hulafromtheheart.com. The group came all the way up from Quartz Hill. Their costumes and leis were gorgeous and changed with each dance. They changed in a large motorhome parked just outside the luau.

The heart and soul of the evening was a Hawaiian gentleman "Uncle" Robert Agno who played all the music, told Hawaiian stories and kept things delightful throughout. He spoke as a true Hawaiian. He told me he wanted to move to Tehachapi!

One of the special treats was to watch little children imitating the dancers in front of the staged performances. The audience was invited to dance, too. The Hawaiian part of the dancing was followed by Tahitian dancing, including stunning fire dances.

Hula Director Marnie told me that they want to start a Ukulele and Hawaiian Glee Club in the future, right here in Tehachapi!

Mano and MeiMei are having another luau on Oct. 22 at 4:15 p.m. Red House BBQ is located at 426 E. Tehachapi Blvd. (661) 822-0772.

Tickets are available now at Red House BBQ. Cost is $45 per ticket, children under 12 are $30 per ticket, children under 3 are free. Will include an all you can eat buffet, soft drinks and the show. The last event sold out, seating is limited.