Luau Party

 Aloha, party people–hele mei hoohiwahiwa!
Mai Tai

Photo by Anna Berman

Break out the leis and grass skirts because it’s hula time! (Well, maybe after a couple of mai tais.)

The Menu

Luau Punch

Photo by Linda Singleton


Spam Musubi


Salads: (gotta have macaroni salad in Hawaii!)

Classic Macaroni Salad

Photo by LatinaCook

Main Dishes:

Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

Photo by bellepepper


Coconut (Haupia) and Chocolate Pie

Photo by abapplez

Party Tips
Hawaiian Style

  • The dress code is 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’.
  • Greet guests with leis or single, short-stemmed flowers for accessorizing–women can put their flower behind one ear (for ladies lookin’ for love, it goes behind their right ear, if they are taken, behind the left) and men can plant them in their shirt pockets.

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.

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!

Hula Tunes

  • 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
Ae: yes
Hoapili: close friend
Ho`olaule`a: celebration
ho`okipa: hospitality
Honi: kiss
inu: drink
Ku`uipo: sweetheart
lama pa’ipa’i: cocktail
lolo: crazy
Mai e `ai: come and eat
`ono: delicious

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.

Start planning your luau!