Entertain Your Guests with Hawaiian Luau Party Games and Activities
No matter what the occasion, games and activities really bring a Hawaiian
Luau Party to life. Check out these great suggestions:
Make Your Own Flower Leis
Lei making is an integral part of any celebration in Hawaii. Flower
leis are fun to make and an excellent way to get your guests into the
of the luau! Here’s how to get started: Collect enough flowers for
all of your guests to make at least one lei. You will need approximately
50 blossoms for each lei. Any medium-sized flowers will do fine, such
as plumerias, roses, carnations or daisies.
You’ll need to get your hands on the longest sewing needles you
can find, and about 60 inches of thread per lei (dental floss works great!).
String the flowers from head to base and
make sure they are close together to form a nice, full lei. How about
giving out prizes for the best or most creative leis? Have fun with this
wonderful island tradition... get everything you need to make a fresh flower lei!
Invite a Hawaiian Dance Troupe or Storyteller to Perform
Turn your luau into an authentic and unforgettable event by inviting
a Hawaiian dance troupe or Hawaiian storyteller to perform. Imagine how
delighted your guests will be to actually see native Hawaiian dancing
and music performed live by grass skirted Hula dancers and colorfully
clad musicians. You'd be surprised how many Hawaiian organizations
exist around the country. To find a Hawaiian dance troupe (hula halau) in your area check the list at HawaiianMusicHistory.com.
If it turns out that your area simply doesn’t have any resources,
you could always create your own show! Get a Hawaiian music CD, or have
someone capable play the ukulele. Before your performance, borrow a
book or video on Hula from your local library to help learn the basics.
things to remember while dancing the hula are: keep your feet flat and
your knees bent, take small steps, your eyes follow your hands and your
hips sway naturally without wiggling. A few of the more common motions
of Hula are:
Aloha: Starting at the lips move your hands palms down toward your audience.
Eyes: Place your fingers at eye level and draw hands apart.
Grass Skirt: Hold parts of your skirt away from your body.
Rain: Raise both hands to one side of your body and bring them down
together while wiggling the fingers.
Translate Your Guests Names into Hawaiian
There are only 13 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet: A, E, H, I K, L,
M, N, O, P, U and W. The consonants H, K, L, M, N, P, and W are pronounced
exactly as in English. If a name ends in a consonant, add a vowel.
place a vowel between consonants.
Pronunciation of Vowels
A – ah
E – ay
I – ee
O – oh
U – oo
The following conversion table can be helpful in translating names:
B, F, P
C, D, G, J, K, S, T, X, Z
Name Translation Examples:
Brad – Palaka
Jen – Leni
Ralph – Lalepa
Noreen – Nolina
Stuart – Kuaka
Emily – Emele
Shane – Kane
Kim - Kimi