Attending a Luau in Hawai’i is a fantastic way to get immersed in the culture and feel like part of the community. Typically a luau is a party or feast accompanied by entertainment. It can feature traditional Hawai’ian food such as poi, Kaula pig and haupia. The entertainment that comes with this kind of party includes Hawai’ian music and hula. Nowadays, a luau is used for many different kinds of parties in Hawai’i, for example graduation luaus, wedding luaus and birthday luaus. The trick to experience an authentic luau is to either attend one organized by a well-reviewed and reputable company or attend one hosted by locals.
To find a luau hosted by locals, reach out to churches or community groups to find out if there is one open for visitors. Hawai’ians love to share their culture with others and would welcome outsiders to private events. This would be the best way to know the luau is authentic and keeping to Hawai’ian traditions.
The other way of finding these parties is to do research and choose the best facilities to attend a luau. One example of an authentic luau is at The Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay, which presents an oceanfront version. The entertainers share the history of Keauhou through their performance. Visitors can also meet with the entertainers before the show to ask questions.
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