A traditional Hawai'ian lu'au

The Lu'au is a contemporary expression of a traditional Hawaiian feast set with food cooked in an earthen pit oven, the imu. This traditional form of cooking is found throughout Polynesia. In ancient Hawai'i, men and women ate separately. Today, the lu'au is a celebration that brings together an entire family and community.

Such a feast was not called lu'au until the mid-nineteenth century. "Lu'au" is the name of the leafy tops of young taro plants cooked in coconut milk, one dish of the feast. The meal now includes Hawaiian foods such as

There is usually an array of other ethnic foods including Local lu'au are huge undertakings feed as many as several hundred people. A band plays Hawai'ian music and anyone can get up and dance hula. Leis are often given to guests as a sign of affection. A local lu'au differs from the lu'au many visitors experience in a hotel, which include foods more familiar to the guests and dancing that is often cabaret-style Tahitian.
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29 November 1995