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Yes, I Did (Eat at Two Luaus in One Day)

August 1, 2010
Onekahakaha luau

At Onekahakaha Beach Park in Hilo

I will do penance at the gym this week.

Really.

And eat egg whites and fruit for days.

Here’s a sample of what was on the menu yesterday–first at an afternoon baby’s 1st birthday luau, then at the 17th annual OK Farms Amauulu luau.

Each of the oh-so-ono dishes listed below were not only items on the menu, they were also items on my plate!

Luau Food

  • Chicken Long Rice: Long “rice” is also known as cellophane noodles, Chinese vermicelli, bean threads, bean thread noodles, crystal noodles, or glass noodles, according to wikipedia.
  • Kalua Pork and Rice: This link is for a no-imu preparation, but if you want to learn about the traditional method, try this Kama’aina Backroads YouTube video from Pepe’ekeo here on the Big Island–a bit grainy, but you’ll get the idea.
  • Purple Sweet Potatoes: Don’t be disappointed if you click the link–there’s no recipe there. Apparently at the Fairmont Orchid luau, they serve purple sweet potatoes this way (from the Tahiti Dinner menu): Baked Purple and Gold Sweet Potato-Glazed with Cilantro Ginger Lime Rum Sauce.
  • Mac Salad: Hawaii Magazine gives you two options–the basic macaroni salad and the extra-starch version with potatoes.
  • Chicken Luau: Chicken, taro or spinach, salt, butter and coconut milk. Need I say more?
  • Lomi Salmon: This is a Food Network version of lomi lomi salmon. Sounds pretty good! Anyone want to share a link for a more authentic version?
  • Hearts of Palm and Pineapple Salad: If I can get a recipe, I’ll post it later. In the meantime, how about Hearts of Palm Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette?

Hawaii luau experts…this is a list of my favorites, but I know there are important luau staples missing. What are other essentials?

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 2, 2010 8:05 am

    Laulau. Made from pork and a small piece of butterfish, wrapped in laulau leaf and wrapped again in Ti leaf and steamed.

  2. August 2, 2010 10:06 am

    Lau Lau
    Poi
    Dried Ahi
    Poke
    Squid Luau
    Any kine meat or fish that comes out of an imu

  3. Mikey permalink
    August 2, 2010 10:08 am

    Kulolo is a Pudding or Tapioca like dessert also served at luaus. Here is Wikipedia definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kulolo

    Haupia is another Delicacy we enjoy at Luaus. Another definition:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haupia

    • August 2, 2010 10:17 am

      Hmm…I’m not sure if I’ve ever had kulolo.

      • hawaii2000 permalink
        August 2, 2010 10:51 am

        You can often find kulolo sold next to bags of poi in the fresh fish/seafood dept. at KTA or Sack N Save. I’d describe it more dense, fudge-like in consistency than pudding. Usually comes in a small flat block that you can slice with a knife. It’s sweet and taro-y.

        And as Eric mentioned above, lau lau is the notable omission. 🙂

  4. August 2, 2010 10:58 am

    Thanks to everyone who added lau lau. I had to pass on that at the first luau (not that I wanted to…but by the time I got to the end of the line, my plate was already full enough, considering I was planning ahead for dinner)!

    I searched and came up with this link with photos, if you want to see steps in the process: http://www.aroundhawaii.com/lifestyle/food/2006-05_lau_lau.html

  5. CTarleton permalink
    August 3, 2010 7:06 am

    POKE – c’mon girl.

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