The typical local luau today is more often to celebrate a new baby’s birth, and it’s certainly big fun! Hotels, or luaus as they’re also called, Maui luaus are a traditional celebration of the native food, dance, and song of the Polynesian Islands.
If you’re planning to hold your own Lua, the best approach is to start early in advance – usually a week before the actual law. This way you’ll have time for the preparations, and also be able to plan ahead for your guests. When planning your Maui Luau, there are some basic things you should bear in mind.
For starters, the main food of the law is fresh fish, and it’s very easy to cook. Some of the most popular Lua dishes are Kalua Pork (or ‘pork’ as Hawaiian call it), a variety of pork dishes (which include Kalua pig, pork chops, ham hocks, roast beef, and others), and seafood such as king crabs, snapper and salmon. If you’re cooking for an all-Native Hawaiian gathering, you can also serve a variety of traditional vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, beans, okra, and so forth. You’ll also need to have a good selection of beverages to serve – and, preferably, plenty of leis, tiki masks, and such. The decorations are really quite simple, too, with just a few pieces of bamboo, wooden, or plastic statues for decoration.
For decorations, you could use a combination of paper and straw – if you’re holding an outdoor Lua, this may be sufficient. For indoors out, the best option is probably to go with bamboo mats, especially ones with small leaves for the roof. To keep the roof from blowing away in heavy winds, place small sticks or rocks along the roof edge.
Hawaiian Lua can be a great way to display your Native Hawaiian cultural art and culture. It’s even possible to buy unique works of art that will be displayed proudly by your guests! Hawaiian but can also be a great way to entertain guests with your native Hawaiian music and dance forms such as poi, karakia, and hula hooping, which are a must for any Lua party!
If you’re running an indoors out, one important thing to consider is to get some special lighting. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but simply a spotlight, which you can use to illuminate the room, to give it a unique ambiance. Some Lua parties are even held on tables with the lights pointed at the Lua and the Hawaiian ‘tiki torches which are also available if you’re holding an indoor Lua.
When it comes to decorations for your Lua, the main thing is to match the colors in your artwork with the Hawaiian music and dancers. To do this, you’ll need a variety of feathers, grasses, feathers, and flowers, perhaps a few feathers with flowers placed into a pot of flower petals and sprinkled with rice. Some people choose to use leis, which are small balls of plastic flowers which are often painted and tied onto the leis with ribbon. You can also use leis as streamers.
Other things to consider are Lua costumes, of course, such as a lei costume that includes Hawaiian tiki masks, feathers, and the like. The leis and other bike accessories can be used to decorate the island with some of the other Hawaiian art.
In addition to decorating the Lua in the traditional way, some guests prefer to use some of the other Hawaiian art to give the room a more modern touch. Some guests use small mirrors or even small mirrors with Hawaiian tiki masks on them to decorate the room. Others even put Hawaiian sunflowers or pineapples or even pineapples!
One thing to keep in mind when decorating the room for your Maui Lua party is that your guests should feel comfortable being in the Lua. and not feel intimidated!
Remember that the guests will be in the law and there is no reason to make them feel uncomfortable. Keep in mind that the Hawaiian law has been used for hundreds of years to represent the culture of Hawaii and in some cultures, it is the form of art itself. It should be a joy to enjoy and not something that makes them feel uncomfortable.!