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A fire knife dancer performs at last year's luau.
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A fire knife dancer performs at last year's luau.

Hula your way to annual luau Saturday at Point Mallard

Dust off your hula skirt and get your favorite Hawaiian shirt ready for a night of family fun at Point Mallard on Saturday.

For the second straight year, the J. Gilmer Blackburn Aquatic Center will offer an evening of island dance and music. And this year organizers added an appearance by the Hawaiian Tropic models.

Games and activities for all ages such as hula-hoop contests, best-dressed hula children, limbo and other wacky games will occur all day long. The Hawaiian Tropic models will be at the water park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., distributing free samples of Hawaiian Tropic products and other novelties.

The main entertainment, the Aloha Islanders with their Polynesian Revue, begins at 7 p.m. near the Point Mallard beach.

Wearing traditional costumes, this busy group made up of four hula dancers and a fire knife dancer perform more than 150 shows each year. The dancers have studied the art of the hula and they create their own authentic costumes keeping with the traditional island styles of Hawaii, Tahiti and Samoa.

The dancers strive to provide a fun, interactive show that gets the audience involved. This year, the entertainment also will feature two Polynesian drummers.

Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 5 to 11. Children ages 4 and under get in free. Season passes are honored for the event, as are armbands received from visiting the park earlier in the day.

Gates open at 10 a.m. Because of the special event, the park will remain open until 9 p.m.

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