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Hawaii food culture

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#1 mothersruin

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 06:34 AM

We're looking to travel to Hawaii in March next year and I was wondering whether there is anything like a credible or good luau experience available? One that isn't totally tourist?


I realise the inherent contradiction in this - a luau being something family and friends would share in private, and that the concept of going to a commercial or paid one slightly defeats the purpose of this - but I wonder if there are any out there which are actually good either from a food sense, or which don't just put on tourist naff. So many I have seen are at hotels which I imagine are more the latter.


Any tips or experiences would be appreciated. We're spending most of our time in Maui and the Big Island, on the Hilo side.



#2 lindag

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 07:08 AM

We've made many, many trips to the Islands over the years and, frankly, I'd skip the luau and just go for a really nice dinner somewhere. 

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#3 Jaymes

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 08:17 AM

I'd first ask which island/s you're going to visit.

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#4 mothersruin

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:41 AM

Maui for the wedding, then the Big Island on the Hilo side for the rest of our time there Jaymes. 

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 07:15 AM

I've not been to a luau that wasn't bad. Bad food, uber-touristy show. Even at big, expensive hotels.

#6 Mjx

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 07:48 AM

From what I've heard, the family element is the only outstanding, special element of a luau, and if that connection isn't there, there's really nothing. The foods that are served you can still sample in other settings, if you're really keen on that.

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#7 mothersruin

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 06:55 PM

That's a fair call folks - I've always thought a commercial luau would be, well, commercial. Thanks for your help!