Culinary travel in the West

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Feast like a Polynesian king at an authentic luau
Photo by Andrea Gómez Romero

Feast like a Polynesian king at a truly authentic luau

Maybe you remember the Brady Bunch luau episode and think that this Hawaiian feast is strictly for tourists. You are so wrong. Said to have been created by Hawaii’s King Kamehameha II, the luau is the world’s most joyful dinner party, where ukuleles strum, Polynesian dancers swivel their hips, and you get to eat almost everything, from pig to poi, with your fingers. Good luaus abound on the islands. One stellar example on Maui is Lahaina’s five-course, three-hour Feast at Lele. It doles out food from all over the South Pacific, like breadfruit with taro leaf in coconut cream from Samoa and Maori-style fish cake with shrimp, scallops, and seasonal fish. Music and dance—hula from Hawaii, a Maori war dance—are paired with each course, and are equally inspiring.

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