Aloha, party people — hele mei hoohiwahiwa! Break out the leis and grass skirts because it’s hula time.
The Luau party dress code is, naturally, island gear: Hawaiian printed shirts, board shorts, a mu’umu’u, or a grass skirt — anything that says “hang loose” is sure to be stylin’.
Luau Party Must-Haves
- Leis: fake is fun, or splurge on the real things.
- Pineapples & coconuts: double as food & decor!
- Macadamia nuts: eat ’em or bake into cookies.
- Tiki torches: best after sundown.
- Grass skirts: for guests or tables or both!
And, of course, plenty of Hawaiian food!
Gotta have macaroni salad in Hawaii!
- Chef John’s Classic Macaroni Salad
- Tropical Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette
- Kikuchan’s Potato-Crab Salad
- Hawaiian Pineapple Upside Down Cake
- Coconut (Haupia) and Chocolate Pie
- Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Fun and Games
- Coconut races. With a coconut between their knees, see which guest can get from point A to point B the quickest. Ready? Set? Go!
- Hula contest. Hula hoop, that is. Prizes for the longest hula run, and most creative hula hooping. (Who can go from their neck to their wrist without dropping it?).
- Lei horseshoes. It’s like horseshoes, except with leis–pound a couple of wood stakes in the ground and take aim. Or better yet, use people as the target–see who can get the most leis around one person’s neck.
- Hawaii Five-O The Ventures
- The Hukilau Song Don Ho
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow Facing Future
- Can’t Help Falling in Love With You Elvis Presley
- Surfin’ Luau Annette Funicello
- Luau Lei The Surfers
- Blue Hawaii Elvis Presley
- Aloha Hula Hits Unlimited
- To You, Sweetheart, Aloha The Waikikis
- Beach in Hawaii Ziggy Marley
How to Talk Like a Local
Hoapili: close friend
lama pa’ipa’i: cocktail
Mai e `ai: come and eat
And some of these phrases may come in handy:
Hele mei hoohiwahiwa: Come celebrate.
`O wai kou inoa?: What is your name?
Aloha Au Ia ‘Oe: I love you.
A hui hou kakou: Until we meet again.
Pomaika`i: Good luck.
Mahalo: Thank you.
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