What is a “luau” anyway?
Luau, the name for the taro leaves used in some dishes, was a term misconstrued to mean “feast” back in the 19th century by newspaper reporters of the time, and it stuck. Not unlike parties or reunions on the mainland, these events are meant to bring family and friends together, over ono food and plenty of it.
What to serve at a luau?
A luau is a traditional Native Hawaiian feast. Common types of food served at a luau include seafood such as poke – raw fish seasoned with seaweed – and kalua pig roasted over banana tree stumps in an underground oven. Luaus are typically thrown for major celebrations such as weddings or high school graduations.
What happens at a luau?
A luau is a Hawaiian or Hawaiian-themed celebration or feast. It involves partying with lots of food and various entertainment including dancing and singing to the tune of Hawaiian music or “hula”.
How is luau celebrated in Hawaii?
While modern Hawaiian luaus are held daily throughout the islands as a way to bring both visitors and residents together in a celebratory feast under the stars , featuring common entertainment like live music, hula dancing, lei making, Samoan fire knife dancing, imu ceremonies, storytelling, a buffet dinner and a flowing assortment of tropical cocktails, the Hawaiian luaus of the past -while also a grand affair – were generally much different in terms of overall purpose and style.