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Hawaiian Luau Party Ideas

  • Collect flowers and greenery and use them to decorate entryways, restrooms, and gathering areas.
  • Light tiki torches to add a hawaiian glow to your luau and keep the bugs away.
  • Serve your food buffet style.
  • Buy hawaiian tableware to serve with the food.
  • Greet your guests with hawaiian leis or send them with your invitation.
  • Hang fish nets from ceilings or doorways.
  • Place inflatable palm trees around your party.
  • Have your guests dress in grass skirts or hawaiian shirts.
  • String hawaiian lights around buffet table or doorways.
  • Buy a luau centerpiece to compliment your buffet table.
  • Pour Kahlua in hawaiian glasses.
  • Buy umbrella straws to go with the glasses.
  • Purchase a hula video along with a luau party music CD. You and your guests will be able to learn how to hula and have fun dancing to hawaiian music.
  • Get hawaiian candy to hand out to your guests.
  • Be the life of the luau with coconut bras!

Coconut Tree Paper Craft

A simple cut and paste craft.

Materials required:  printer, paper, scissors, glue, something to color with (optional)

coconut tree

bullet Print out the template of choice.
bullet Colour (where appropriate) and cut out the template pieces. 
bullet Glue the trunk onto a background piece of paper (blue or white construction paper work well).  
bullet Glue the leaves onto the trunk.
bullet Glue the coconuts onto the leaves.
bullet Close the template window after printing to return to this screen. 
bullet Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).

Coconut Tree   (color)   or   (B&W)


Luau Games:

Beach Ball Volleyball: Tape a badminton net or a sheet up across a room or area. Have the residents on teams and let them hit a beach ball over the net. We didn't keep score and those that couldn't hit it over, threw it.

Pin a coconut on a palm tree

Items needed: blind fold green and brown construction paper glue make pattern of leaves for palm tree and coconut and bottom (base of tree) Be sure to make your tree large enough. Have Fun!!!

Try a pineapple bowl-off. Using construction paper, draw a picture of a pineapple and tape/glue it to an empty pop bottle. (we did 5 bottles/pins) Use a coconut as your bowling ball and have fun! Later the coconut can be incorporated into the snack of the day.

Hawaiian Huli-Huli Chicken:
Hawaii's own version of barbecued chicken is cooked with Huli-Huli Sauce (made with pure Hawaiian brown sugar cane along with soy sauce, fresh ginger and more).

Variation 1

5 lbs chicken pieces
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons sherry
1 piece ginger root, crushed
1 clove garlic, crushed

Arrange chicken, skin side up, on rack of broiler pan. Broil 6 to 8 inches from unit in electric oven for 10 minutes on each side or cook on an outdoor grill. Combine the remaining ingredients. Baste the chicken and continue broiling or grilling for 10 more minutes on each side, basting frequently with sauce. 

Variation 2


3 broken fryers, split or quartered
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup shoyu (Japanese soy sauce)
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup white wine
1/4 cup frozen pineapple juice concentrate.
pinch of fresh or dried ginger.
drop or two of Worcestershire sauce.

Mix ingredients in bowl, brush over chicken pieces. Grill over barbecue, turning and basting with sauce until it is done (about 40 minutes). 

Variation 3

4-6 chicken halves 
1/4 cup soy sauce 
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup chicken broth or white wine
1/4 cup pineapple juice 
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon fresh ginger or garlic

Combine all ingredients.  Marinate for 2hrs at room temperature or 24 hours in the refrigerator.  Place the chicken skin side down on a grill.  Cook for 30 minutes. Turn the chickens and cook for another 25-30 minutes or until done.

Note: Huli-Huli sauce can also be purchased pre-made in bottled form and many supermarkets.


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