Check out these delicious Luau Party Food recipes that you can make to serve at your Hawaiian Luau Party! All the recipes would be perfect not just for a luau but for any summer soiree where you want to serve tasty dishes that are full of the flavors of Hawaii!
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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
Grab a cocktail and take a look through these recipes to begin creating your luau menu!
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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 feast of food and lots of amazing and traditional entertainment.
Want to learn more about the history of the Hawaiian Luau? Visit the Go Hawaii website.
I will be adding to this list of Luau recipes over time, so make sure that you save this post to your Pinterest recipe boards so that you can always find them.
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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 that has 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 my 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.
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 & Spicy Hawaiian Chicken Recipe can be baked in the oven, leaving you free to prepare other dishes.
Luau Party Side Dishes & Salads
You need to make this delicious Pineapple Coleslaw if you are throwing a Luau!
These Hawaiian Baked Beans are a great side for grilled meats or inside baked sweet potatoes.
Tropical Cocktails & Mocktails
You can’t have a party without cocktails and 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!
- Surf’s Up! Tropical Vodka Cocktail With Coconut Cream On Top!
- Disney-Inspired Polynesian Village Cocktail with Rum and Tropical Juice!
- Totally Tropical Whiskey Sour Cocktail with 2 Kinds of Whiskey!
- Fruity Island Escape – A Totally Tropical Rum Cocktail to Make for Summer!
- How To Make Frozen Piña Colada Cocktails for Summer!
- Tropical Blue Cocktail – Blue Rumba
- Banana Colada – A Tropical Rum Banana Cocktail for Parties
- Tropical Paradise Cocktail with Rum & Banana Liqueur
- Tropical Island Breeze Cocktail with Bourbon & Rum
- Hawaiian Margarita Cocktail
- Totally Tropical Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
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?
Cut this Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting into squares to serve to your guests.
Using cake mix, condensed milk, and candied fruit this Pineapple Upside Down Cake Fudge is a tasty tropical treat!
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! I made this Pineapple & Coconut Upside Down Cake that contains a few tasty tweaks!
This sweet Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Bubble Bread tastes so good and goes perfectly with a cup of coffee!