A luau is an important part of Hawaiian culture and history. That is why luaus are still in practice. If you want to experience this event then you should try the Luaus in Lahaina. Luaus are Hawaiian feasts with entertainment. Most of them offer Hawaiian entertainment and food. There are others that feature things from other Polynesian countries like Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti and New Zealand. The dishes served during a Luau vary but there are some that are more common than the others. There’s Poi which is pounded taro roots which are meant to be eaten with everything. Kalua Pig is pork prepared in imu’s or underground oven and shredded. Poke is raw fish sliced into small pieces and garnished with Shoyu(Soy Sauce), green onions, kukui nut, and limu(seaweed).

Thes luaus have activities before the start of the ceremony. These activities usually give guests a taste of early Hawaiian life. There are small classes that teach guests about certain practices that are important to ancient Hawaiian. There are Hula classes, there are others where they teach you how to weave leaves into bracelets and necklaces. There are also small games for kids. One of the main highlights of the luaus is the uncovering of the imu. An imu is a type of underground oven that is used to cook pork.

Luaus have undergone changes since they came into practice. Back then men and women were not allowed to eat together and people weren’t allowed to eat food that was served in luaus. The modern luaus that we know of today came into being thanks to a certain man. King Kamehameha II broke the taboos surrounding luaus in 1819 when he had a luau and he invited men and women to eat together.

Here is a list of the different options for Luaus in Lahaina.


Jeremy Stice is the Author of the Maui Real Estate Guidebook.

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