Girl Scouts enjoy luau and Polynesian dancing

Submitted by Troop Leader Lee Merrill

When you hear the word “luau,” Benton, Tennessee, probably doesn’t come to mind.  But when native Samoans from all over the country converge on this little town for a family reunion, that is exactly what you get: a luau!

Benton United Methodist Church hosted the event, and the girls of Troop 40449 volunteered to keep the luau clean and litter-free.

But it wasn’t all work. The girls enjoyed great Polynesian food and dancing.

The troop thanks our own Teppa and “Aunt Lizzie”(who flew in from California) and the rest of the family for allowing us to share this fantastic day with them. They saw dances representing cultures across the Pacific, from Hawaiian and American Samoan to the Maori in New Zealand. The girls knew they would be asked to participate, and spent two months perfecting their moves.

The girls preparing to pick up trash

Great food

Dancing with the ladies of Benton United Methodist Church

No one told us we had to wear grass skirts!

It's not all wahinis (girls) and grass skirts!

The family

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