Being the perfect host
In Hawaii, a feast featuring lively music, vibrant décor and multicultural food is called a luau. Luaus have been celebrated in Hawaii for two centuries, but modern luaus are a mix of cultures and traditions from Hawaii and greater Polynesia, making them a fantastic way to bring people from all walks of life together.
Food for your Hawaiian themed party
Hawaii is an island, so seafood is a key to the dining experience – tuna in particular is central to mealtimes in Hawaii. Fresh fruit like pineapple and coconut create that authentic, tiki vibe and sweet potato is also an important ingredient in many classic Hawaiian dishes.
Our favourite Hawaiian recipes
- 2lbs sashimi-grade ‘ahi tuna, cubed
- 64g sweet onion, diced
- 1tbs flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)
- 1 chili pepper, thinly sliced
- 32g chopped ogo seaweed
- 2tbs ground or finely chopped candlenuts or macadamia nuts
- 32g spring onions, thinly sliced
- Add the tuna, onion, salt, chilies, seaweed, nuts and onions in to a bowl.
- Gently fold until thoroughly mixed.
- Season to taste and serve immediately.
- 128g light brown sugar
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- 6 large sweet potatoes
- 1tbs cold butter, cut into pieces
- 2tsp salt
- 6 bananas, sliced
- 2 cans crushed pineapple
- 250ml pineapple juice
- 1tsp lemon juice
- 2 tbs honey
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F/175 degrees C.
- Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish.
- Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
- In a pot, add the sweet potatoes and cover with salted water.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender.
- Drain the potatoes and allow to steam dry before peeling and cutting into slices.
- In your prepared baking dish, layer the potatoes, add the cold butter, and season with salt.
- Arrange the bananas over the potatoes and sprinkle evenly with the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.
- Top the bananas with crushed pineapple.
- In a bowl, whisk together the pineapple juice, lemon juice, and honey until dissolved.
- Pour the mixture over the crushed pineapple.
Add to oven and bake for 40 minutes, or until browned on top.
- 70g bacon, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 113g green beans, tips cut off
- 128g tofu, crumbled
- 1 egg
- 1tsp white miso
- 1tsp mirin
- 1tsp soy sauce
- 1tsp sugar
- 1tsp toasted white sesame seeds
- 1tsp katsuobushi
- In a bowl, prepare the miso mixture by combining the miso, soy sauce, sugar and mirin and then set aside.
- In a pan, over a low heat, sauté the onions and bacon for 1 minute.
- Add the green beans to your pan and cook for 5 minutes.
- Then, add the tofu and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the water content evaporates slightly.
- Our in the miso mixture and stir
- Crack in the egg and stir mix in thoroughly.
- Once mixed, add everything to a plate and garnish with sesame seeds and katsuobushi.
- Light rum
- Blue curacao
- Pineapple juice
- Pineapple slice
- Maraschino cherry
- Cream of coconut
- Pour the rum, blue cacao, pineapple juice and coconut cream in to a blender.
- Combine with ice and blend until smooth.
- Pour into your favourite cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.
Setting the scene with a garden party
When it comes to creating the perfect setting for your Hawaiian themed party, it has to be an outdoor affair.
Hawaiian themed party games
How to dress up for your Hawaiian themed party
Your perfect Hawaiian party playlist
So, get your Hawaiian party booked in the diary and enjoy the laidback vibes in your garden.