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Hawai‘i has a rich, deep cultural history steeped in colorful legend and lore. The Big Island is the first place that ancient Polynesian voyagers landed when they discovered the Hawaiian Islands, and therefore has the oldest myths and traditions of any in the Hawaiian chain. ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i, the Hawaiian language, is still alive and well on the Big Island, with more and more native speakers and cultural practitioners joining the population since the advent of Hawaiian immersion schools in 1995. Today, visitors can experience Hawai‘i’s ancient cultural heritage, dancing, and traditional foods a Kona lūʻau, a traditional Hawaiian feast that features hula dancing, storytelling, and mountains of delicious food.
About Hawaiian Lūʻau
The literal definition of the word “lūʻau” refers to young kalo (taro; Colocasia esculenta) tops; however, has evolved to generally mean a traditional Hawaiian feast. Lūʻau celebrate of all facets of Polynesian culture, encompassing moʻolelo (stories), hula (dance), mele (songs), and oli (chant). As island culture evolved into a multi-cultural blend with the introduction of sugarcane plantations, island food likewise evolved. At today’s lūʻau feasts you can indulge in delectable fare such as fresh caught fish, kalua pork, chicken adobo, teriyaki beef, lomi (massaged) salmon with green onion and tomato, haupia (coconut pudding) and the plantation days’ adoptions of rice and noodle dishes.
Choosing a Lūʻau in Kona
Check out Island Breeze Luau at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Winner of the “Best of West Hawaii” Award since 2000. Hawaii’s only lu’au featuring the arrival of the Royal Court aboard an outrigger canoe. Held under the stars on the grounds of historic Ahu’ena – Kamehameha the Great’s former estate in Kailua-Kona. The evening begins with a warm welcome and an opportunity to meet the performers, learn hula and get a Hawaiian tattoo. Watch the uncovering of the pig in the imu (underground oven) and then enjoy a delicious buffet and open bar. Entertainment throughout the evening includes live dinner music and a spectacular Polynesian show – “He’Ohana Kakou” (We are Family).
Come Experience Aloha
Make your Kona vacation complete with an unforgettable evening of Hawaiian food, culture, and genuine aloha. Being that the number of reservations for the lūʻau in Kona are limited, we advise booking your seats well in advance. For lūʻau reservations or to reserve your stay in Kona, contact our vacation specialists today at Kona Coast Vacations.