The luau is a feast of Hawaiian food. The traditional Luaus were major events to celebrate visiting dignitaries or for weddings. Now most of the major hotels feature luaus. The traditional feast would usually go on for days and have lots of food! Now luaus more of an evening event but they still have them for weddings or other events.

When you organize a luau you can go more traditional or have a party with fun things and tacky things such as plastic hula girls. The music can be traditional or you can go beach party mode.

Just make sure if you plan a party that you read the recipes before. Some of the recipes require advance preparation.

Because Hawaii is such a mixture of cultures you can have all types of food at a luaus. The migration of workers for the cane and pineapple field brought in families from Japan, Philippines and China. The recipes below include Chicken adobe (Philippines) and meatballs from Asia. Some of the other recipes are a mixture of culture. Macaroni Salad which is very popular in Hawaii most likely came form Europeans or Americans from the mainland.

I suggest depending on amount of guests:

1 or 2 drinks
2 to 3 pupus
2 to 3 main dishes
2 to 3 sides
1 to 2 breads
1 or 2 desserts.

DRINKS

Punch

Hauoli Island Punch

PUPU’S

Exotic Pork Meatballs With Sweet & Sour Sauce

Lisa’s Asian Style Meatballs

Pineapple Boat
Pineapple Boat Picture

Pipi Kaula Hawaiian Style Jerkey

MAIN DISH

Huli Huli Chicken

Lomi Lomi Salmon

Easy Chicken Pan Laulau

Chicken Adobo

Chicken Luau

Kalua Turkey

SIDES

Fly Lice

Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

Hawaiian Style Macaroni Salad

BREADS

Hawaiian Bread- Bread Machine

DESSERTS

Papaya Upside Down Cake

Macadamia Nut Cookies

Mango Bread

Haupia Cake (Coconut)

Guava Cake