Hawaiian Party Food Ideas

 Tropical table setting

Hawaiian party food ideas are a fun way to get that tropical feel for your luau or island themed event. With some orchids and Hawaiian shirts along with a great menu, you can have a festive and colorful get together.

Poi oh Boy

A couple of bowls of poi can add an authentic flavor to your party. If you are busy sending out the invitations and buying leis you may not have the time to grind the taro root to make poi so you may want to order it from an online source. It may seem a bit strange at first, but as a side dish it will compliment all your other Hawaiian party food ideas.

Barbecue It

Break out the grill and fire up the coals. A bit of Huli Huli on each plate is a sure way to make your guests happy. For this Hawaiian party food idea you will need:

  • 5 lbs chicken pieces
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or honey
  • 1/4 cup sherry wine
  • 1/4 inch gingerroot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon Thai sweet chili sauce

Mix all of the ingredients together until thoroughly incorporated. Place the chicken on the grill turning and basting with sauce until it is done.

Traditional Hawaiian Pork

Another good Hawaiian party food idea is the extremely popular Adobo. This dish originated in the Philippines but has since been adopted by Hawaiians. To make Adobo you are going to need:

  • ½ a yellow onion diced
  • 1 Head of garlic (yes, the whole head of garlic) minced
  • 2 pounds of pork of your choice cut into1 inch squares
  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ cup of Balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons of water

Add a little olive oil to a pot and brown the onions and garlic. Add the water and vinegar to the onions and garlic and bring to a simmer. Add the pork and Balsamic vinegar and continue to simmer for 10 minuets. Add the soy sauce and simmer for another 10 minuets. Remove the meat from the sauce and brown it in a separate pan with the paprika. Mix the 2 tablespoons of water with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to make a slurry and thicken the sauce with it. Adobo is usually served with rice.

The Drinks make the Party

If you like Pina Coladas or Mai Tais then your Hawaiian party food ideas are definitely headed in the right direction.

To make a Pina Colada you will need:

  • 1 part Creme de Coconut and 2 parts Pineapple Juice (Or 4 oz Pina Colada Mix)
  • 1 oz Light Rum
  • 1 Cup Ice
  • 1 oz Half and Half

Combine ingredients in a blender or mix well and enjoy on the rocks. Garnish with a cherry and pineapple.

For a Mai Tai you will need:

  • 1 oz Light Rum
  • 1 oz Dark Rum
  • 1 oz Orange Curacao or Grand Marnier (Triple Sec can substitute)
  • ½ oz Amaretto (Almond liqueur)
  • 1 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Dash lime juice
  • 1 Dash Grenadine

Shake well and pour over ice. Garnish with a Cherry and Orange slice

For Elvis fans be sure to have some Blue Hawaiians on hand. To make a Blue Hawaiian you will need:

  • 1 oz Light Rum
  • 1 oz Blue Curacao
  • 3 oz Pina Colada Mix (Or 1 part Crème de Coconut and 2 parts Pineapple Juice)
  • 1 Cup Ice

mix well and pour over ice.

Hawaiian Party Food Ideas

Your local party supply store should be able to provide you with everything you need to have a successful Hawaiian party. Then you just need to send out the invitations and pick up some tropical party favors and your Hawaiian party food ideas will guarantee a great party.

Hawaiian Party Food Ideas