Travel Eats: Paradise Cove Luau (Hawaii’s Best Luau)
At Paradise Cove, we were greeted with a tropical mai tai and traditional Hawaiian music to set the festive mood of the evening.
Learned the arts & crafts of the islands or tested our skills at Hawaiian games.
Participated in a traditional Hawaiian song and dance of hukilau (a festive beach gathering).
Witnessed the time-honored techniques of underground oven cooking at the Imu Ceremony.
What an amazing Hawaiian sunset!
The evening continues with a feast… A huge one! Bring your appetite to fully enjoy Paradise Cove’s extensive menu which tastefully blends the best of traditional Hawaiian dishes, local favorites and continental cuisine.
The feast and festivities of the luau are the traditional ways that the people of Hawaii have celebrated special occasions. The birth of a child, a victorious battle, and a successful harvest are all events that called for the honoring of the gods and the sharing of bounty with friends and family.
Award-winning performers will entertain and amaze you with an unforgettable display of songs and dances of Hawaii and Polynesia at the incomparable Paradise Cove Extravaganza.
Called Aha’aina (gathering for a meal) in ancient times, the term luau came into favor much later in the island history. It refers to the young edible taro leaves that are traditionally used to wrap the food prior to being placed in the imu (underground oven).
With the abolishment of the ancient Hawaiian Kapu (taboo) system in 1819, women and men were able to eat together and to share the same food. Prior to that time, women and men dined apart. Women were forbidden to partake of several foods including pork, bananas, and several species of fish. Since 1819, the ancient feast of Aha’aina, or the luau, that was such an important part of the Hawaiian culture, has become a treasured family custom and continues to play a significant part in family life.
Today, the luau is often used by family and friends to celebrate a baby’s first birthday, or as an important way to raise funds by churches and social groups.
The Paradise Cove Luau carries on this traditional celebration of life. The Paradise Cove Luau ‘ohana (family) shares traditional foods, songs and dances of early Hawaiians and the friendship of many cultures.
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