Scroll to Continue
One of the most festive experiences to be had on a visit to the Hawaiian Islands is a luau – a Hawaiian feast featuring lively music and vibrant cultural performances from Hawaii and greater Polynesia.
History of the Luau
The first feast in Hawaii resembling a modern-day luau was probably held in 1819. Before then, the kapu system of restrictions, religion and resource management separated men and women at mealtimes, even in times of celebration. Other names for these feasts are ahaaina or paina, but over the course of time, the nickname luau – a reference to the taro leaves at the core of many popular dishes – stuck.
Two centuries later, luau are still being celebrated. But it is important to note that despite the name and its Hawaiian roots, not all food or entertainment at a luau today is Hawaiian. A contemporary luau in Hawaii reflects our multi-cultural society. Food at a family luau is as diverse as the various branches of the family tree. Entertainment at a visitor luau often includes dances and music from other Polynesian cultures.
Popular Luau Dishes
- Poi: Pounded taro plant root; a starch meant to be eaten with everything.
- Kalua Pig: Pork prepared in an imu (underground oven) and shredded.
- Laulau: Meat wrapped in luau (taro) leaves and steamed, traditionally prepared in an imu.
- Haupia: Coconut pudding.
- Poke: A term that literally means to cut into pieces, this newly global delicacy is traditionally prepared with raw fish, shoyu (soy sauce), green onions, kukui nut (candlenut), and limu (seaweed).
Find a Luau to Attend
A genuine hideaway from all things mainstream. Located on the exotic beach of Kamiloloa, you'll find our Polynesian village of bungalows replete with kitchenettes and Wi-Fi. Hotel Moloka'i is just five minutes from the island’s largest city, Kaunakakai.
At Island Partners Hawaii, a Destination Management Company - DMC, we orchestrate guest experiences to achieve your objectives and exceed expectations. Through a combination of creative talent and high level personalized service, we provide turn-key hospitality logistics and fresh event designs.
On Kapuhi Beach 180 degree view of ocean view and golf course. Pool and beach to enjoy. Exciting whale watching from lanai. All at reasonable rates.
Wavecrest is located on five beautiful waterfront acres with lush tropical landscaping 13 miles east of Kaunakakai town. This upgraded, quiet, oceanfront, 2 bedroom, 1 bath end unit is available nightly and weekly. Luxury linens decorate the King and Queen bed.
One bedroom condo at Kaluakoi Villas and Resort on Molokai, with beautiful ocean and golf course views.
Island of Molokai - Discounted rates on Jeep Wranglers 4WD, convertibles, SUVs, vans and cars from major national companies. Molokai airport location. Toll Free 1-800-292-1930 or book directly on our website www.discounthawaiicarrental.com We specialize in customer service.
A delightful condominium on the beautiful West end of Molokai at the Kaluakoi Villas and Resort offers breath-taking ocean vistas of Kepuhi Beach. Visit our website at MolokaiRentals.net for more details
Charming two bedroom beachfront cottages located on the lush east end of Molokai. Each on own secluded beach with safe swimming, snorkeling, fishing year round. Views of Mau'i, Lanai and Kaho'olawe. Whale watching December through April.
Founded in 1897, Bank of Hawaii offers a full range of banking services, including corporate banking, consumer banking, trusts, and investments.
AlliedPRA Hawaii caters to all of the Hawaiin Islands and provides the full spectrum of destination management services ranging from unique special events to complex transportation solutions, team building programs, sightseeing tours, meetings, incentives, conventions, and events.