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Luau Party Food
You can’t have a good party without good food and drink, and to help you devise your luau party food menu I’ve put all of my Hawaiian recipes all in one place for you to choose from.
There will be authentic Hawaiian recipes, and ones that are Hawaiian-inspired – plus a few tropical party foods and beverages that I couldn’t resist including!
The cuisine of Hawaii incorporates five distinct styles of food, reflecting the diverse food history of settlement and immigration in the Hawaiian Islands. – Wikipedia
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What Is A Luau?
You may be planning a luau party, but do you know what a luau actually is?
Don’t worry, I got you with this very easy explanation!
A luau (Lūʻau) is a traditional Hawaiian feast with good food and entertainment – simply put, a luau IS a party!
Traditional dishes served at Luaus include poi, kalua pig, Lomi salmon, laulau, poke, and haupia, with entertainment being Hawaiian music, hula dancing, and games.
Visiting Hawaii is on our bucket list, so we’ve not actually been to a luau on one of the islands.
However, we have been to the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show (now sadly closed for good) at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, where we were treated to a Hawaiian food feast and lots of amazing and traditional entertainment.
Want to learn more about the history of the Hawaiian Luau? Visit the Go Hawaii website.
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Luau Party Finger Food
These Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts are a tasty little party appetizer and inspired by the classic tiki appetizer, Rumaki (but without the chicken livers!).
I’m including my recipe for Quick & Easy One Pan Cheeseburger Sliders.
Use the method for making a lot of sliders in one pan, but add teriyaki sauce to the ground beef and top with pineapple rings.
I made simple Hawaiian burgers for my budget BBQ with a recipe you can follow.
These Cornflake + Coconut Shrimp are not authentically Hawaiian, but they taste so good you just have to make them for a party!
Luau Party Main Dishes
We know that luaus are a feast, and while you may not be able to slow-roast a whole pig, you can make Kalua Pork – Hawaiian-style Pulled Pork in a slow cooker!
You could also try our family-favorite Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork, which is sweet and savory and tastes oh-so-good!
Pineapple and Shrimp Stuffed Avocados would be a great appetizer or light meal option.
Another seafood option is Grilled Pineapple and Swordfish Kebabs.
Or, for a more dinner party feel, serve Garlic-Chili Swordfish with Grilled Pineapple and Papaya.
This dish promises to whisk your guests away on a gourmet tropical journey, making every bite a celebration of refined flavors.
Dive into the freshness of the sea paired with tropical flair in the Air Fryer Cod Recipe, where flaky cod meets vibrant mango salsa, promising an exquisite balance of flavors and a culinary journey with every forkful.
One of my favorite dishes when staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is pork fried rice, so I wanted to include this recipe for Teriyaki Pork Fried Rice that tastes amazing!
Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken is spicy and sweet and can be made using any cut of chicken. Use chicken wings as an appetizer or larger cuts for the main dish.
Try Slow Cooker Spicy Pineapple Pork with Cilantro-Lime Rice as a tasty entrée at a dinner party or at a knife-and-fork buffet.
This Sweet and Spicy Hawaiian Chicken Recipe can be baked in the oven, leaving you free to prepare other dishes.
Experience the perfect blend of crispy and savory with Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Wings, a modern twist that delivers traditional flavors in record time, ensuring every bite is an adventure in taste and texture.
Luau Party Side Dishes & Salads
You need to make this delicious Pineapple Coleslaw if you throw a Luau!
These Hawaiian Baked Beans are a great side for grilled meats or inside baked sweet potatoes.
They are also great main dishes for vegetarians and vegans.
Tropical Cocktails & Mocktails
You can’t have a party without cocktails, so here are some tropical cocktails you might want to mix up.
I try to include variations and non-alcoholic mocktail versions, too, so there is something for everyone— including the non-drinkers and kids!
Dive into the Surf’s Up! cocktail, a splash of tropical vodka merriment topped with velvety coconut cream for that beachy summer feel.
Relive magical moments with the Disney-Inspired Polynesian Village Cocktail, a concoction that combines rum with exotic tropical juices, perfect for every adventurer at heart.
Savor the fusion of dessert and drink with Pineapple Upside Down Cake Jello Shots, a delightful concoction that marries the sweetness of cake with a spirited kick, offering a playful and nostalgic escape in every bite-sized treat.
Discover a twist on a classic with the Totally Tropical Whiskey Sour, boasting not one but two distinctive whiskeys for an island-inspired rendezvous.
Dive into a fusion of exotic flavors with the Coconut Dragon Fruit Margaritas, a mesmerizing blend that promises a vibrant journey of tropical notes, making every sip an enchanting escape to paradise.
Escape to an island paradise with the Fruity Island Escape cocktail. A rum-infused tropical delight that promises summer in every sip.
Turn your summer up a notch with the Frozen Piña Colada Cocktail, an icy blend of tropical flavors that’ll whisk you straight to the sandy beaches of the Caribbean.
Dive deep into azure waters with the Tropical Blue Cocktail – Blue Rumba, a mesmerizing blue rum drink that dances on your taste buds.
Indulge in the Banana Colada, a tropical twist that marries the rich flavors of rum and banana, creating the ultimate party beverage.
Sail away to a blissful retreat with the Tropical Paradise Cocktail, blending the lush notes of rum with the seductive allure of banana liqueur.
Experience a unique fusion of the South with the Tropical Island Breeze Cocktail, a harmonious blend of bourbon and rum that’s bound to stir your senses.
Say ‘Aloha’ to the Hawaiian Margarita Cocktail, a tropical reimagination of the classic margarita that beckons with its island allure.
Dive into the crystalline waters of the Totally Tropical Blue Hawaiian Cocktail, a vibrant elixir that promises a mesmerizing, island-inspired journey with every sip.
Embrace the sunlit vibes with the Summer Mai Tai Cocktail, an intoxicating blend of tropical flavors that captures the essence of summer, promising a refreshing getaway with every tantalizing sip.
Unleash the essence of the tropics with the Best Malibu Rum Piña Colada Recipe, a frozen coconut cocktail that promises a cascade of creamy flavors, transporting you straight to a sun-kissed shoreline with each indulgent sip.
Embark on an island getaway with just a sip: Say Aloha to the Hawaiian Screwdriver Cocktail Recipe, a tropical twist on the classic that infuses every moment with sun-drenched flavors and aloha spirit.
Luau Party Desserts & Sweet Treats
Everyone loves something sweet at the end of a meal, so pick one or two of these desserts to serve at your luau!
Here’s a tropical dessert idea for you – Hawaiian Sweet Pineapple Coconut Loaf Cake
These super cute Pineapple Cupcakes are just the ticket for a tropical luau party!
Did you know that Disney has a resort on the Hawaiian island of Ohau? They also have a resort at Walt Disney World called Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. These Tropical Minnie Ears Cupcakes are inspired by that resort!
Make these Tropical Pretzel Rods for guests to nibble as they mingle or as a party favor to take home.
This Pina Colada Layer Cake is a real show stopper, and your guests will be impressed when they see this as the centerpiece of your dessert table!
No time to make a large cake? Why not make Piña Colada Cupcakes instead?
Or delight in Mini Piña Colada Cheesecakes, a tropical fusion of creamy cheesecake, rum, and sweet pineapple, offering a bite-sized island escape.
Cut this Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting into squares to serve to your guests.
Our Pineapple Upside Down Cake Fudge is a tasty tropical treat using cake mix, condensed milk, and candied fruit!
Whisk your taste buds away to a tropical paradise with Pina Colada Muffins, a delightful baked fusion that effortlessly captures the iconic flavors of the classic cocktail, making every bite a sunny escape to Island bliss.
Make this healthy Tropical Fruit Salsa with cinnamon tortilla chips to scoop up the delicious fruits.
This ‘Ohana Bread Pudding is a Disney copycat recipe from the ‘Ohana restaurant at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. One bite, and you’ll be hooked!
Another cake mix recipe! We made this Pineapple and Coconut Upside Down Cake with a few tasty tweaks!
This sweet Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Bubble Bread tastes so good and goes perfectly with a cup of coffee!
Indulge in the tropical allure of the Pineapple Sheet Cake with Crumble Topping, where lush pineapple sweetness meets a golden, crumbly crown, ensuring every slice is a delightful journey of texture and taste.