are great if you're looking for an unusual and fun party theme.
Here in Hawaii, luaus are a traditional way to celebrate a baby's
first birthday, graduations, weddings or any excuse for a party.
Often they are held in the backyard under tents, with palm fronds
woven together to make windbreak walls. The tent poles are decorated
with ti leaves, ferns, heleconia and red ginger. Entertainment is
usually provided by friends with guitars and ukuleles and impromptu
When you throw your luau, be sure to decorate with plenty of silk
flowers or you can even order tropical flowers, foliageand orchid sprays from lei vendors in Hawaii who will ship
to the mainland (our name for the other 49 states).
Hawaiian music is a must for your luau. You can buy a CD or tape
by some of our great local musicians whose styles range from the
traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar to Hawaiian-style reggae.
Click for our music suggestions.
To decorate your tables you can create a traditional center table
runner of leaves, ferns and flowers or you can go with an ocean
theme and spread an ornamental fish-net topped with shells,
and glass balls. Another great look is a Hawaiian print sarong
used as a tablecloth. Raffia hula skirts look tropical edging
the buffet table.
Reproductions of the old travel posters from the '30s and '40s
would look great on the walls and also make great art for your
invitations. You can buy most of what you'll need online from Hawaiian
Luau Party Supply.
Paper parasols and slices of pineapple on the edge of drinks will
put your guests in a tropical mood. Check out our Mai
Be sure to greet your guests with a shell or flower lei and a big
"Aloha" and have them leave their shoes at the door! You
can also have loose flowers on hand for your guests to tuck behind
their ears. If you're available romantically, put the flower behind
your right ear. If you're taken, put it closest to your heart, behind
your left ear.
You might want to contact a dance school or hula halau in your
area to have professional hula lessons or professional hula performers
at your luau.
You could pack little take out cartons of chocolate-covered macadamia
nuts for party favors or check out Hawaiian
Luau Party Supply for a variety of
fun kitsch items (like our favorite - the wiggling hula girl sculpture shown here).
Our Suggested Menu
Luau or laulau
Tropical fruit such as pineapple, mango and papaya
Mai Tai Drinks
Click for recipes and have fun!!