If you’re throwing a Hawaiian luau party you’ll definitely need a few different Hawaiian themed desserts for your guests to enjoy! Everyone loves something sweet, so here is a selection of delicious recipes that you can make to serve on the dessert party of your tropical Hawaiian party!
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Hawaiian Themed Desserts
Whether you want a quick grab-and-go sweet treat for your guests, or a showstopping cake as your dessert table centerpiece, I’ve got both in this set of Hawaiian themed desserts, and lots in between too!
There will be authentic Hawaiian recipes, and ones that are Hawaiian-inspired – plus a few tropical desserts that I couldn’t resist including!
If you’re looking for other dishes to serve at your Luau, check out my Luau Party Food Recipes.
For even more tropical cuisine goodness, make sure you read 50+ Recipes for a Hawaiian Tropical Party, which also includes a ton of recipes from other blogs around the world.
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What Dessert is Hawaii Known For?
The cuisine of Hawaii is unique and diverse thanks to the many different settlers to the islands over the ages – from Polynesian voyagers to European and American missionaries, to immigrant workers from China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Portugal.
Because if this fusion of cultures, you’ll find a variety of dishes!
One of the most famous desserts is Haupia, a traditional coconut milk-based Hawaiian dessert often found at luaus and other local gatherings. It’s a bit like a gelatin dessert, but without using actual gelatin.
Haupia is usually served in little squares , but sometimes as a custard-like pudding, or as an ingredient in other desserts such as a topping for pies or cakes.
Other Hawaiian desserts include: Malasadas (Portuguese donuts), Chantily Cake, Guri Guri (a cross between sorbet and ice cream) Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Ambrosia, Guava Cake, Hawaiian Shaved Ice, Macadmia Nut Bars, and more!