The Luau

The Luau

Easy recipes for great Luau food!

Huli Huli Chicken

Grilled chicken halves flavored with soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and wine.


• 9 - 12 lbs chicken wings, thighs, and breasts pieces

• 1/4 cup frozen pineapple juice concentrate

• 1/3 cup white wine

• 1/2 cup chicken broth

• 1/4 cup soy sauce

• 1/4 cup ketchup

• 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger or a pinch of fresh ginger

• 1 - 2 drops Worcestershire sauce

Directions:Wash chicken parts and pat dry with paper towels. Mix all sauce ingredients in bowl. Brush over chicken parts. Grill over barbecue for about 40 minutes. Turn and baste with sauce until chicken is done. Serves 10 – 12 people.

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Kalua Pua'a (Roast Pork)

Kalua pua'a, or roast pork, as its prepared in the Hawaiian imu or underground steam oven. Kalua pork is usually seasoned with sea salt and sometimes green onions. It's a staple at all luaus.  Yield: 4 servings


 Pork butt, 3 lbs

 Hawaiian (or sea) salt, 3 tbsp

 Water, 1/2 gal


1.Defrost pork butts

2.Rinse pork with cold water and place in medium roasting pan.

3.Rub Hawaiian (or sea) salt on center and add water. Cover pork with ti leaves (or cabbage)

and cover roasting pan with aluminum foil.

4.Bake at 350 degrees for 2-3 hours, or until meat is soft.

5.Remove foil and ti leaves, debone and shred pork; add more Hawaiian salt if needed for taste.

Baked Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are another favorite starch staple throughout Polynesia and all Hawaii Luaus.

Yield: 4 servings


 Sweet potatoes, 3 each

 Butter, 1/4 cup


1.Wash sweet potatoes ( leave whole or slice) and place in baking sheet pans.

2.Bake potatoes for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees.

3.Remove from oven and brush butter onto potatoes

Cut into bite sizes, place in small serving pan.

Taro Bread

Hawaiian taro is more versatile today than just traditional poi. In the islands it's also made into chips (as in potato chips) and even flour which is then used to bake pancakes, or bread. This Luau recipe calls for a delicious dinner roll form.

Yield: 1-1/2 doz


 Warm water (90 degrees), 1-1/3 cups

 Egg, 1

 Poi, 1 cup

 Butter, softened, 1/2 cup

 Purple Food Coloring, 1 tsp

 Sugar, 1 cup

 Flour, 2 lbs

 Salt, 1/4 tsp

 Yeast , 2-1/2 tsp


1.Using a table mixer

2.In a mixing bowl combine egg, butter, food coloring, poi and water

3.Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.

4.Mix all ingredients on speed 2 with a dough hook; texture should be smooth

5.Remove from mixing bowl and place on flour table top; scale 3 oz. Dough and roll into ball size.

6.Line baking pan with aluminum foil and place roll taro balls 3x4

7.Set a side to rise for 15-20 minutes

8.Bake at 225 degrees for 20 minutes.

For generations, the luau has been a Hawaiian feast held in honor of important milestones and special occasions. The tastes, sounds and sights evoke a feeling of warmth, togetherness and appreciation for a culture unlike anything else. We suggest visiting The Polynesian Cultural Center to learn more!

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