By Allrecipes Staff
September 24, 2014

Aloha, party people -- hele mei hoohiwahiwa! Break out the leis and grass skirts because it's hula time.

Mai Tai Cocktail
Mai Tai | Photo by Allrecipes

The Luau party dress code is, naturally, 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'.

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!

And, of course, plenty of Hawaiian food!


Mai Tai
Mai Tai | Photo by Snacking in the Kitchen


Spam Musubi
Spam Musubi | Photo by Joanna


Gotta have macaroni salad in Hawaii!

Chef John's Classic Macaroni Salad
Chef John's Classic Macaroni Salad | Photo by lilSnoo

Main Dishes

Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker
Hawaiian Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker | Photo by DIZ
| Credit: DIZ


Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Pineapple Upside Down Cake | Photo by Kathy
| Credit: Kathy

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.

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.

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