When headed to a festive luau, learning more about available luau attire will help you dress accordingly and get in the spirit of the celebration.
History shows that in ancient Hawaii, it was taboo for men and women to dine together. This practice was broken when in 1819, King Kamehameha II abolished the religious traditions that forbade the genders to enjoy a meal at the same table. The king ate with women at a feast and the luau made its celebratory debut.
Dinner is Served
Today friends and family participate in preparing and eating food as well as enjoying entertainment. One of the most time-consuming, yet fun, aspects of a luau is watching a Kalua pig being roasted underground. Along with pork, popular dishes enjoyed at Hawaiian feasts include:
- Lomi salmon
- Chicken long rice
- Baked sweet potato
Drinks at a luau are usually beer, juice, and soda.
Potential Luau Attire
After you are invited to a luau, your first thought might be, "What should I wear?" While some suggest that casual clothing is best, you may want to show a little festivity in your wardrobe selection. Splashy Hawaiian shirts made of cotton are appropriate for males. Females often like to wear the traditional grass skirt. The skirt is sold at party stores and is often made of plastic. The skirt can be worn with a solid floral-colored t-shirt or white shirt. Dressing up a little in traditional gear will definitely add to the fun of the evening. However, be prepared that not everyone will be in costume; many may wear shorts and t-shirts. Sandals and flip flops are also acceptable. The best thing to keep in mind is that comfort at a luau is key. You may even feel like dancing, and want to be able to move about freely.
Leis: Part of Your Luau Attire
Leis are available should you want to dangle one of these colorful wreaths around your neck. The tropical flowers from which leis are made in the Aloha state include:
However, unless you live on the lush islands of Hawaii, you may not have access to an assortment of tropical varieties. Use flowers more common to what you can find in your local garden shops or at your florist. These flowers may include:
You can also make a silk, plastic, or paper lei. Sometimes paper leis are made from origami. To spice up the party, candy leis are handed out as favors and welcomed by guests of all ages. A lei made of seashells is also a decorative piece.
Women can add to the fun by adding bright accessories to their attire. Slip on a grass skirt and choose one or two of the following:
- Floral ankle bands
- Floral wrist bands
- A small lei to wear like a crown
- Shiny bracelets
Where to Shop for Luau Attire
Visit a local party store that sells party items, or check out the shops online:
- NexTag has a vast supply of party shirts, skirts, and sandals that will give you much to choose from.
- Shaka Time boasts a nice selection of bright luau shirts.
- Party Cheap is great for when you are on a budget.
- Plus Size Superstore has all the clothing for making the most of your figure at a luau.
- Luau Costumes is a large supplier of headbands and even masks for the party.
- Tropical Tantrum showcases colorful tropical clothing for men and women.
No matter where you shop, you will be able to look your best in luau attire as you celebrate with friends and family!