SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska

People of Ketchikan

Southeast Luau heats up Senior Center


January 24, 2007

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Southeast Senior Center held a lavish Hawaiian Luau party with dancing, singing and a delicious Island flavored lunch on January 19th. This January event held in Ketchikan was attended by over 60 people.

Alaska Community Service's Coordinator Gretchen Klein said the Senior Center cook magnificently seasoned the lunch with various Hawaiian flavors and the lunch was served by Siefried Liepelt and Clarence Price. Marilyn Akens provided everyone Luau leis and each lunch setting had favors for the guests to take home.

jpg Southeast Luau

Michael Branco, Senior Center Manager, dressed as King Kamehameha
Photograph by Gretchen Klein

Michael Branco, Senior Center Manager, was dressed as King Kamehameha, the ancient ruler of Hawaii. Branco inspired dancers Amy Lloyd and her children, Sierra and Marina, to dance the hula.

Clarence Price and Bea Watson entertained with an Island skit. Guests sang Hawaiian songs accompanied by Irma Lawrence on the piano. Patti Fay Hickox and Marilyn Lamberson also performed a hula dance and taught the audience various dance hand movements.

jpg Luau

Over 60 people attended the Luau party.
Photograph by Gretchen Klein

Staff La Ray Starr, Delma Inman, and Lorraine Huffman kept the entertainment moving along. Mary Hastings was her usual 'happy-go-lucky' self seeing that every one was having a good time and the Wishing-Well provided by Bertha Hanson and Charles Lindsey inspired hope that wishes would come true for those throwing coins in the fountain.

In February a Valentine's party is scheduled and in March there will be a Mexican Fiesta party. Dates will be announced.

Manager Michael Branco is encouraging more people to come down to the Senior Center for lunch. Gretchen Klein said, "There is an amazing cook."


E-mail your news & photos to

Publish A Letter on SitNews
        Read Letters/Opinions

Contact the Editor

SitNews ©2006
Stories In The News
Ketchikan, Alaska