While the menu isn’t the same at every luau, there are some common staples that you’ll likely come across. Come hungry!
Kalua pig: Shredded roasted pig.
Haupia: Custard made from coconut milk and sugar.
Poke: Marinated cubed raw tuna with seaweed.
Poi: A fundamental starch for the Hawaiian diet, poi is mashed cooked taro.
Lomi lomi salmon: A cold dish of chopped salmon, sea salt, tomatoes, and onion.
Squid luau: Squid stew made with taro leaves and coconut milk, for which the event is named.
As far as drinks, most luaus offer wine, beer, and other spirits, as well as popular tropical cocktails such as mai tais and piña coladas.
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