Hawaiian Hula/Luaus, Oahu
When in Hawaii, definitely try a Lava Flow. The Lava Flow is a delicious drink made from Rum, pureed strawberries, coconut cream and coconut milk. It basically tastes like a Strawberry Pina Coladad but better. My wife loves these Lava Flows and has to have them whenever we are in Hawaii. Her favorite place for a Lava Flow is the Plantation Bar at the Hula Grill or at Duke's; according to my wife they make the best ones since they use fresh coconut milk.
The Mai Tai first came a popular cockatial in the 1950's and 1960's. The popular Elvis film Blue Hawaii featured this Tiki inspired drink. I am a big fan of Mai Tai's and love having them when visiting Hawaii. I've had them at almost every bar or restaurant I have visited and served in a variety of glasses from highball to interesting Tiki heads and coconuts. My favorite Mai Tai's so far have been at the Tiki Grill and the Pikake Terrace.
A Ma Tai is composed of: white rum, orange curacao, Ogeat syrup, rock candy syrup, lime juice and dark rum.
The Blue Hawaiian is a drink that was invented in 1957 by Harry Yee, legendary head bartender of the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. The drink is made with rum, pineapple juice, blue Curacao and creme of coconut. Some versions have sweet and sour mix, vodka and lemon lime soda but are not the traditional version of the drink.
If you are in Hawaii you must try the drink at least once. My wife tried the Blue Hawaiian and didn't care for the taste, too much coconut flavor for her liking.
Sure you’ll want to see some hula performances while in Hawaii. No worries! You’ll attend at least one even if you didn’t mean to.
It starts with the Honolulu international airport, where a local band greets the arrived guests and then it will follow you everywhere you go.
There’s every night’ performance on Kohio beach, right by the famous’ Duke statue.
There’s a 1 hour hula show at the Bishop museum, performed by REAL, native Hawaiian family.
Sheraton Waikiki hotel has its hula shows by the pool, by the ocean. And there are Hula lessons given at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. These are only few that I saw myself, without planning, but I’m sure there are many more.
If you go to the Bishop Museum, besides the show you’ll get a lesson and explanations of a dance, each of these dances tells a story!
A slice of island culture, the Lu'au is a Hawaiian tradition in which a major feast celebrates accomplishments, honors important people and commemorates great events.
In old Hawaii, the lu'au would pay homage to ancestral gods with song , dance and offerings of food. Sometimes lasting for days. Today's lu'aus can be celebrated in about three hours.
No visit to Hawai'i is complete without experiencing some form of traditional Hawaiian dance. This a slightly different Polynesian dance at the Halekulani in Waikiki....the most luxurious resort in Honolulu. Check out a hula dance show and you must experience a luau as well.