S: Aloha to Luaus!!
FC: Hawaiian Luau By: Tom Hanken
1: Hawaiian Luau By: Tom Hanken
3: Hawaii is known for being a popular vacation destination for tourist from all over the world. They come for the scenery, ocean, beach, and the festivities. One of the most famous Hawaiian customs is a luau. The luau is a Hawaiian meal that features many dishes, including kalua pig.
5: In ancient Hawaii it was a strong religious belief that men and women ate their meals separately, their also ate different types of food. The religious belief was that commoners, men and women, were forbidden to eat certain delicacies. Those delicacies were meant for royalty.
7: In 1819, King Kamehameha II changed the tradition. He feasted with the men, commoners and women. By doing this he ended the religious practice, and the luau was born.
9: The name luau comes from a traditional Hawaiian dish. Considered a delicacy this dish features young and tender leaves of the taro plant with chicken baked in coconut milk, now called luau chicken.
11: A common food served at a luau is a pig roasted in the sand of the beach called kalua pig. The name kalua means to cook underground.
13: Entertainment for the feast features Polynesian drums, Tahitian dancers, Hawaiian music, hula dancers, and Samoan Fire-Knife dance.
15: Hula dancing was introduced in the early 1800s. The origin of the name is still unknown; many believe that the name came from the way the dancers move.
17: Upon their arrival, guests are each given a lei, a necklace made of fresh flowers or shells. Leis are a symbol of love, of spiritual meaning, of healing, and of respect.
19: Luaus have been a strong Hawaiian tradition for over a century, and continue to be a favorite of tourists from all over the world.
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