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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
Set the mood and light the way to fun with these beautiful painted glass lanterns.
Paint candleholders and vases to match, and your backyard will be a twinkling tropical oasis.
Substitute tropical fruit like kiwis, coconuts, and passion fruits for a centerpiece you can eat!
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
Originally published on LHJ.com, March 2009.