These awesome Luau ideas will help you to plan and host a Luau with ease.
You’ll find here some fun game and activity ideas. Simple, cheap DIY Luau decorations. And yummy recipe suggestions!
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Easy Luau Ideas
Planning and hosting a Luau can be so much fun. I put together these Luau ideas for you:
Luau Decoration Ideas
With simple decorations you can easily create a fun party that says ALOHA.
1. Aloha Sign Welcomes Guests to the Luau
We made these big Aloha and Mahalo signs out of cardboard.
Just wrap your cardboard with a plastic tablecloth. Cut up and glue your letters on and use flowers from a Lei to make it pretty. We used tacks to attach them to the cardboard.
2. Mahalo Sign Thanks Them for Coming
Another easy diy luau decoration.
3. Luau This Way!
And one more simple sign made out of cardboard. You can attach the signs to bonfire forks and stick to the ground. Really easy!
4. Surf’s Up
This was supposed to look like a surf board. I’m here to say it does not have to be perfect to be awesome! 🙂
5. These Luau signs are from a dollar store
You can make great finds at a dollar store in the beginning of the summer.
Though our party was mainly outside, we made a waterfall to cover the entrance to a hallway.
I wish I had a picture of it! (I know I took one but must have deleted accidentally!) Making a waterfall is really easy: hang blue fabric in layers from the ceiling maybe with some sparkly tulle to give it a little fluff. Or use plastic tablecloths.
7. Beach Scene
To add to the atmosphere put a beach scene on the wall. You can also find some inexpensive ones from Party City.
8. Luau Cups with Candles
Buy a few Luau themed cups. Put some rocks in to keep the wind from blowing them away and place a battery-powered candle in each.
9. Table Skirt
A luau would not be a luau without the grass table skirts!
10. Flower Garland
Hawaii is a colorful place. Lovely flowers everywhere. Hang a few beautiful flower garlands to bring in the aloha.
Hawaii and pineapples go together. Use pineapples as center piece.
12. Lights and Torches
Hang or wrap lights around trees and light up a few torches. These bamboo ones with seashells are really pretty.
This We serve what you bring- sign would be a fun one to put near your Tiki Bar!
Luau Games and Activities
These easy luau games will delight the young and the old(er).
1. Tacky Tourist Relay
The kids really loved this game. Will be doing it again at our next Luau!
You’ll need: two teams. A carry on suitcase for each team. Put in each suitcase a pair of sunglasses, beach towel, sunhat, lei, grass skirt etc.
One team member at a time pulls the suitcase to the “Beach”. Lays down the towel, puts on the sunglasses, sunhat, lei etc. and lies down on the towel. Quickly gets up and packs everything back in the suitcase. Runs back home and gives the suitcase to the next person.
We had two inflatable flamingos that did not fit inside the suitcases so the “tourists” carried them.
The kids, from preschoolers to teens had fun with this Luau game!
We didn’t have a limbo stick so we used a pool noodle. Who can go lowest!
3. Beach Ball Hockey
Items you need: pool noodle for each player. Beach Ball. Cones or soccer goal.
4. Hula Lesson
Teach your guests some Hula moves.
5. Hula Competition
Play some awesome Hawaiian music and have everyone up and dancing. Give prizes for various categories:
- Elegant Hula
- Lively Hula
- Funny Hula
- Acrobatic Hula
Purchase Luau items from dollar store or Party City to give as prizes. You could also give pineapples, coconuts, towels, buckets, sun screen and so on.
6. Pineapple Bowling
You’ll need a pineapples for the pins and a coconut for the ball.
7. Hula Hoop Contest
Who can spin the hoop the longest.
8. Hawaiian Pictionary
28 words for Hawaiian Pictionary. Write down on paper slips words that relate to Hawaii such as
- Diamond Head
- waterfall palm tree
- Turtle Cove
- black sand
- Macadamia nut
- surf board
- grass skirt
- kalua (pig)
- lomi lomi (salmon)
- flip flops
- aloha sign language
- sea turtle
- humpback whale
Have also a white board or some paper and pens ready for the amazing drawings.
And if some quiet time is needed:
9. Don’t Pet the Sharks Coloring Book
10. Happy Hula Hawaiian Dances Coloring Book
11. Froggy Goes to Hawaii Book
Dennis the Menace will entertain the young and the old(er) with his adventures in Hawaii.
Gather around the kids and make some awesome Luau theme fitting crafts. You could also set up a craft table for the kids to work by themselves.
Suncatcher Jellyfish from I Heart Arts n Crafts.
A Paper Plate Whale from Krokotak
Straw Stopper from 36th Avenue
Luau Food Ideas
You can always serve pineapple and coconut in various ways. Here are some luau food ideas that will please the crowd!
The Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork from Lauren Greutman
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken from Lemon Tree Dwelling
And you definitely want to serve these sweet and savory Hawaiian Pineapple BBQ Meatballs from Sip Bite Go
Sides and Desserts
Just add a couple of yummy sides and desserts and you have the whole menu covered.
A cute and simple candy buffet of fruit slices, peach rings, watermelon, cherries.. we also added some fish there too…
Hawaiian Fried Rice from The Recipe Critic
Pineapple Fluff from The Country Cook
Mango Berry Fruit Salad from A Dash of Sanity
Sand Dollar Cinnamon Sugar Cookies from Mama Miss
Creamy Coconut Fruit Dip from Let’s Get Together
Pina Colada Cup Cakes from Cooking Classy
Have a wonderful time planning and hosting your Luau!
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