As the holidays are approaching, what better way to celebrate than with huge dinner parties! In Hawai‘i, these dinner parties are known as a lūʻau. A lūʻau is a traditional Hawaiian party with lots of food and island entertainment (usually featuring the hula) – it’s a way for Hawaiian families to get together and celebrate holidays, birthday parties, and special events! Before they were known as lūʻau, the Native Hawaiians would celebrate war victories and ali‘i (royalty) with huge feasts in which men and women would have to sit separately. It wasn’t until 1819, when King Kamehameha II was under rule that big gatherings and feasts became known as lūʻau.
Today, lūʻau share the same values as before —food, entertainment and celebration! Some common traditional Hawaiian foods are laulau (pork wrapped in luau leaf), kalua pork (pulled pork), and squid luau! If you’re visiting the islands, make sure to take in a luau for the flavors and energy of the Hawaiian culture. Some of the most popular lūʻau for visitors are Luau Kalamaku at Kilohana Plantation, Old Lahaina Luau, and the The Polynesian Cultural Center Ali‘i Luau. And to top off your lūʻau experience, be sure to stop at Hilo Hattie for the perfect outfits – from elegant aloha shirt to beautiful flowy dresses, or family matching. Your look will be perfect for the occasion!