`Dogs Enjoy Hawaiian Luau

Dec. 21, 2012

By Theresa Kurtz

HONOLULU-- The Fresno State football team learned about the Hawaiian culture on Friday night at the Royal Hawaiian Luau, which is one of several events happening this week at the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.

"Hopefully our guys will get full bellies and a chance to absorb the culture," said head coach Tim DeRuyter of the experience of the luau. "It's a great educational experience for our guys. We will enjoy this, but not too much because we have practice in the morning."

After another solid day of practice in the morning, the Bulldogs headed to the Royal Hawaiian Luau on Waikiki Beach. The `Dogs received kuiku nut necklaces and watched the sun set as they were seated at tables overlooking the ocean.

"Hawai'i has been amazing. It's beautiful and the hospitality has been great," said wide receiver Isaiah Burse. "We are out here having a good time and everyone is nice."

The entire team wore matching blue Hawaiian shirts and posed for pictures with their teammates. The Bulldogs took in the sights, sounds and aroma of a traditional Hawaiian luau.

"I am having a lot of fun. We've been out here taking pictures and having a lot of fun with all our teammates," said Mountain West Freshman of the Year Davante Adams. "We are just having a blast being out here."

The Bulldogs were taught a Hawaiian hulu dance called the hoki lau, which most of the `Dogs were able to pick up and learn until the pace of the dance sped up.

"I am not an expert hula dancer just yet, but I have a few more days until the game. I will be an expert by then," added Adams.

Once the Bulldogs learned the hoki lau and listened to Hawaiian music, it was time to taste some traditional dishes. A buffet was set up that included mahi mahi, octopus, steak, fried rice and long rice.

"I am a big, big fan of mahi mahi, so I had a whole plate of that," said Adams. "I had scallops, which I've had, but tried the long rice dish and that was good."

The highlight of the buffet was the roasted pig and the team favorite was the dessert buffet.

"This whole night has been great and the food is real good," said Burse. "The meat was cooked perfectly. Most of the food was new and there is something about Hawai'i, all the food taste better here."

The Bulldogs take on SMU on Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. in the 2012 Sheraton Hawai'I Bowl on ESPN.

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