By Allrecipes Staff

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

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 | Photo by Snacking in the Kitchen


Spam Musubi | Photo by Joanna


Gotta have macaroni salad in Hawaii!

Chef John's Classic Macaroni Salad | Photo by lilSnoo

Main Dishes

Hawaiian Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker | Photo by DIZ


Pineapple Upside Down Cake | Photo by 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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