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Hawaii food culture

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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.

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


I don't understand why rappers have to hunch over while they stomp around the stage hollering.  It hurts my back to watch them. On the other hand, I've been thinking that perhaps I should start a rap group here at the Old Folks' Home.  Most of us already walk like that.

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

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

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

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