A visit to Hawaii wouldn’t be complete without going to a luau. A luau (Hawaiian: lūʻau) is a Hawaiian party or feast that includes traditional entertainment such as dancing, hula and fire stunts. For locals, the concepts of “luau” and “party” are often blended, resulting in graduation luaus, wedding luaus and birthday luaus. Typical luau food include kalua pig, poi (taro root) and haupia (coconut pudding).
On the big island, try the Luau at the Sheraton Kona. It celebrates the history and people of Keauhou, from the birth of King Kamehameha III to the Battle of Kuamo’o. Live music accompanies a traditional luau feast that includes kalua pork, lomi lomi salmon, and fresh seafood along with a range of other dishes. The show usually starts at sunset and offers several hours of entertainment that is sure to put you in the Aloha spirit.
The ʻIolani Palace was the royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii beginning with Kamehameha III. It is located in the Capitol District of downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. It is now a National Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. ‘Iolani Palace features architecture seen nowhere else in the world. This unique style is known as American Florentine. On the first floor a grand hall faces a staircase of koa wood. Ornamental plaster decorates the interior. Iolani Palace is open Monday-Saturday from 9am-4pm. For tickets, visit the ticket office in the Iolani Barracks on the Palace Grounds Monday-Saturday from 8:30am-3:45pm.
To make reservations, call 808-522-0832 or visit http://www.iolanipalace.org
The Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives (HMH) includes three restored houses, two of which are the oldest houses in Hawaii, and a research archives which provides a unique glimpse into 19th-century Hawaii both onsite and online. One of these, Chamberlain House, is made of coral blocks cut away from the ocean reef, which were dried and bleached by the sun. From this location Levi Chamberlain was able to plan out and undertake the disbursement of provisions for the entire Sandwich Islands Mission. It now serves as the museum’s temporary exhibition gallery. This visit will leave you with a sense of wonder about early life on Hawaii.