In a traditional Luau pigs are roasted in a pit dug in the ground called an imu to make the dish called "kalua pig." You can access very detailed instructions on how to do this courtesy of the Culinary Arts Program at the Maui Community College. Realistically, however, I don't expect many Dinner Clubs will want to dig a pit in their back yards to roast a pig in the genuine Hawaiian style. That's why an easier pork dish is included on this Dinner Club menu.
Start the evening with a Polynesian Pupu platter accompanied by a selection of Hawaiian cocktails. As you might expect, fruit juices and rum play a big part in these cocktails. I suggest you take it slowly because they can sneak up on you if you're drinking too fast on a sultry evening!
Considering the location of Hawaii it makes sense that seafood plays a large part in the Luau menu. Make sure you include several offerings in your Dinner Club menu.
Coconuts and pineapples must be considered mandatory ingredients for your Luau. It just wouldn't be a Hawaiian Luau without them. One other indigenous Hawaiian food you might want to try is Poi. Made from the taro root, Poi may at first seem distasteful to a non-Hawaiian but it's a very nutritious staple food in Hawaii.
Okay, warm up your appetites, turn on the music, and get into the Aloha spirit!
Hawaiian Luau Menu
Main Course and Sides
Serve with Kona Coffee
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