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Luau of Hawaii

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).

 

Where to Experience a Luau

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Hawaii Forest & Trail Oahu
Oahu
Hawaii Forest & Trail
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Let Hawaii Forest & Trail show you an authentic Oahu, utilizing our unparalleled land access and interpretive guiding approach to provoke authentic place-based experiences that illuminate the island’s unique regions through in-depth interactions with our nature and culture. Our Hawaii Oahu tours offer a different perspective.

Star Events
Oahu
Star Events Hawaii
500 Ala Moana Blvd
Ste 7-500
Honolulu, HI 96813
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Star Events, a division of Oahu Publications Inc., is a lead producer of events, trade show and exhibitions. Our objective is to help local businesses succeed as well as interact and inform the consumers in the Pacific through this arena.

Retreat House
Maui
Ala Kukui Hana Retreat
4224 Hana Highway
Hana, HI 96713
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Ala Kukui is a cultural center for native Hawaiian spiritual and intellectual advancement. Our retreat space offers a unique opportunity to engage with our local community of cultural practitioners who pay respect to the environment through traditional Hawaiian practices.

Wai Kai
Oahu
Wai Kai
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Wai Kai is destined to become an active year-round destination where residents and visitors connect to the water, land and Hawaiian culture by experiencing first-of-its-kind attractions, signature events and the natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

Corp Breakout Room
Oahu
Rhema Services
94-515 Ukee St
Ste 201
Waipahu, HI 96797
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Serving the entertainment industry State-wide, no audio company in Hawaii has more experience in the corporate market than Rhema Services. Our engineers will design and implement the right sound system for your event. Visit our website at www.rhemaservices.com to see how we can be of service to you.

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