Monday, November 17, 2008

Ready for a Luau?

It's Monday and I am ready for a party. Why? It's already been a bad week and it only started today. And, because in Hawaii, there is always an excuse for a party. This is the first post in a series of posts about Hawaiian food. I have always been a foodie at heart, and in Hawaii there are some long standing traditions associated with food. One of the first things most people think of when you think of Hawaiian food is the luau (in Hawaiian spelt lū‘au) - literally a Hawaiian feast, prepared to honor holidays and to celebrate weddings, birthdays, house warmings and any other occasion you can think of. Foods served at a luau include roast pork, sweet potatoes, fish, rice, fresh fruits and punch. The centerpiece of any luau is the roasted pig. To decorate for a luau, you would use an abundance of fresh fruit, fresh flowers and large leaves or fern fronds.

Many people come to Hawaii expecting to see a traditional Hawaiian luau, and there are plenty of places that claim to offer this experience, such as Paradise Cove , and the Polynesian Cultural Center. I have not been to either, but I have heard from more than one person that these are both very expensive tourist traps, and really aren't very authentic (I just checked the price and they start at US$83 for tickets at the Polynesian Cultural Center. My suggestion: meet some local Hawaiians on your trip and head to their home for a true Hawaiian luau experience.

I plan to post some luau recipes this week so perhaps you can try having a luau at your home - you may not be able to feel the breeze of the ocean blowing through your hair but no-one said you can't pull out the brightest aloha shirt you have and party! Enjoy the week!

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