Everyone knows that a luàu is a big feast, but actually the word luàu is a misnomer. The word luàu refers to the leaf of the taro plant served at a luàu. The correct word is päìna, which means a gathering of people for the purpose of dining in a celebratory way– in other words-a party! But today, even Hawaiians use the word luàu to refer to this party gathering. If you have an opportunity to go to a luàu, you should go for a real Hawaiian experience. There is usually lots of great food, music and hula. The food traditionally served at a luáu includes kalua pig, which is pork that has been cooked in an imu or underground oven, fish, limu (seaweed), crab, he’e (octopus), opihi (limpets), lau lau (pork and vegetables wrapped in leaves), and poi.
Local Hawaiians have luàu to celebrate important occasions such as birthdays, weddings and graduations. An especially important lu`au is for a baby’s first birthday. The reason the baby luáu is so important is that traditionally in some Hawaiian families, the baby was not given a name until the first birthday. This gave the grandparents and others a chance to watch the baby and pick a name appropriate to that baby’s mission in life. That is why so many Hawaiians have nicknames such as honey, sweetie, girlie, boy, junior, braddah, sistah—these were the names they had that first year.
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The Luau Kalamaku is an unforgettable evening filled with a lavish island buffet and a truly immersive and interactive show. You’ll also be able to explore the many shops and experience the cultural demonstrations that bring the Hawaiian traditions to life.
The Plantation Owners Evening begins with a culinary tour back in time with a four-course dinner at Gaylord’s Restaurant at Kilohana Plantation’s 60-acre orchard and agricultural park. Then you’ll enjoy premier seating at the Luau Kalamaku show.
There are Luau shows and then there’s the Luau Kalamaku show. Our advanced media system and interactive stage transport you to ancient Polynesia during its remarkable migration to the Islands, complete with fire poi balls and fire knife dancing.