Luau Party Ideas
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Luau Party Ideas

It's always party time on the islands! Plan a backyard luau party to give your friends and family a quick trip to tropical paradise, even if it's just for the day.

We've put together a menu of easy Hawaiian- and Polynesian-inspired recipes and an everything guide to daiquiris, plus decorations, instructions on how to make a lei, some Hawaiian phrases to impress your guests with, and a surfer-dude playlist to keep the summery vibe going all day and night. So don your beachiest getup, grill up some pineapple, and get the hula started.

The Party Plan: Menu and Decorations
Talk the Talk: Hawaiian Phrases
Luau Party Playlist

The Party Plan: Menu and Decorations


Outdoor Lanterns
Set the mood and light the way to fun with these beautiful painted glass lanterns.


Tropical Accents
Paint candleholders and vases to match, and your backyard will be a twinkling tropical oasis.


Fruit Pyramid
Substitute tropical fruit like kiwis, coconuts, and passion fruits for a centerpiece you can eat!


Talk the Talk: Hawaiian Phrases

Hawaiian Phrases
Hello, good-bye: Aloha
How are you: Pehea oe?
I'm fine: Maika i
Thank you: Mahalo
Until we meet again: A hui hou
Welcome: E komo mai
Beautiful: Nani

Luau Party Playlist

Hawaii Five-O Theme Song

The Hit Crew - As Seen On TV: Cop Show Theme Songs - Hawaii Five-O

"Amber" - 311

311 - 311: Greatest Hits '93-'03 - Amber

"Good Vibrations" - Beach Boys

The Beach Boys - Sounds of Summer - The Very Best of the Beach Boys - Good Vibrations

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Alone in IZ World - Somewhere Over the Rainbow

"Red Red Wine" - UB40

UB40 - The Very Best of UB40, 1980-2000 - Red Red Wine

"Blue Hawaii" - Elvis

Elvis Presley - Blue Hawaii: Collector's Edition (Original Soundtrack Recording) - Blue Hawaii

"Bubbly" - Colbie Callait

Colbie Caillat - Coco - Bubbly

"Copacabana" - Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow - Barry Manilow: The Complete Collection...and Then Some - Copacabana

"Flake" - Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson - iTunes Originals - Jack Johnson - Flake

"Rodeo Clowns" - G. Love and Special Sauce

G. Love & Special Sauce - The Best of G. Love & Special Sauce - Rodeo Clowns

"The Remedy" - Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz - Waiting for My Rocket to Come - The Remedy (I Won't Worry)

"Tiny Bubbles" - Don Ho

Don Ho - Don Ho's Greatest Hits - Tiny Bubbles

Originally published on, March 2009.