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Hawaiian Luau Recipes

Traditional Hawaiian recipes have ingredients of fish, vegetables and fruit native to the Hawaiian Islands.  For more information about Hawaiian foods, see our condensed Hawaiian Food Glossary.

Laulau

1
1/2
20
10
1
pound
pound
pieces
pieces
teaspoon
Pork Roast or Shoulder
Butter Fish (or Salmon)
Lua Leaves (or Spinach Leaves)
Ti Leaves (or Corn Husks
Hawaiian or Sea Salt


Step 1 Clean and wash the lau and ti leaves.
Step 2 Remove the stems and veins from the lua or spinach leaves, depending on which one you have chosen.
Step 3 Cut the pork into 2 inch cubes and season with Hawaiian or sea salt.  Cut the salmon or butter fish into pieces about half the size
of the pork.
Step 4 Place a ti leaf or corn husk on a flat surface.  Put a piece of pork and salmon or butter fish on the ti leaf with a couple of spinach leaves sandwiched in between.
Step 5 Wrap the ti leaf around the bundle and secure with a string or toothpick.
Step 6 Steam for 2-3 hours on low heat.

Lomi Lomi

8
1
2
1
ounces
 
 
 
Smoked Salmon (not cooked and not raw)
Small Green Onion
Medium Tomatoes, Firm
Small Chili


Step 1 Remove the skin from the tomatoes and cut into very small cubes.
Step 2 Chop the salmon, onions and chili into small pieces.
Step 3 Mix everything into a bowl and chill in the refrigerator for about a half hour.  If you don't have enough time to chill in the refrigerator, simply add some ice and serve.

Mai Tai

2
1/2
1/2
1
ounces
ounces
ounces
tablespoon
Rum
Curacao (orange liquor)
Orgeat (almond liquor)
Lime Juice


Step 1 Stir ingredients in a big glass.
Step 2 Add crushed ice, a fruit garnish, a straw and serve.

Poi

3
1/2
ounces
cup
Poi Powder (Taro brand is nice.)
Water


Step 1 Mix the poi powder and water into a bowl.  Add or remove water for desired consistency.
Poi is a one of the most important starches in the Hawaiian diet.  Most Hawaiians buy fresh poi or make it themselves by pounding fresh Taro roots.  Since fresh poi is expensive and perishable, and pounding Taro roots is difficult and time consuming, we recommend making Poi from powder.

Poke

1
2
1
pound
cups
tablespoons
Yellow Fin Tuna (raw)
Limu (seaweed)
Hawaiian or Sea Salt


Step 1 Carefully select the fish because this dish is not cooked.
Step 2 Slice the fish into cubes a little smaller than an inch.
Step 3 Wash the limu and cut into 1 inch pieces.
Step 4 Add Hawaiian or sea salt and lightly mix.
Step 5 Refrigerate until serving.
Be very careful with this dish because the fish is not cooked.  Ask the folks at the market if the fish you are buying is suitable for a raw dish.  Most fish at a market are not suitable for this dish.

Punch for Children

1/2
1
1
gallon
pint
pint
Fruit Punch
Sherbert Ice Cream
Ginger Ale


Step 1 Combine the fruit punch and ginger ale.
Step 2 Pour the punch mixture into a glass and add a scoup of sherbert ice cream.
Step 3 Garnish with a piece of fruit, add a straw and serve.

Hawaiian Food Glossary

Haupia Haupia is coconut pudding.
Kaulolo Kaulolo is taro pudding.
Laulau Laulau are bundles of meat and fish wrapped in tea leaves.
Liliko'i Liliko'i is a passion fruit.
Lomi Lomi Lomi Lomi is salad with salted fish, chili peppers, onions and tomatoes.
Pineapple Pineapple is a fruit grown in Hawaii.
Poi Poi a popular Hawaiian food made from taro roots.
Poke Poke is chopped raw fish mixed with salt and seaweed.


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