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 (lo͞o-ou′, lo͞o′ou′)
An elaborate Hawaiian feast featuring traditional foods and entertainment.

[Hawaiian lū'au, young taro tops, feast (at which taro tops are served).]


(luːˈaʊ; ˈluːaʊ)
1. (Cookery) a feast of Hawaiian food
2. (Cookery) a dish of taro leaves usually prepared with coconut cream and octopus or chicken
[from Hawaiian lu'au]


(ˈlu aʊ)

n., pl. -aus.
an outdoor feast of Hawaiian food, usu. with entertainment.
[1835–45; < Hawaiian lū‘au]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.luau - an elaborate Hawaiian feast or party (especially one accompanied by traditional foods and entertainment)
fete, fiesta, feast - an elaborate party (often outdoors)
Aloha State, Hawaii, Hawai'i, HI - a state in the United States in the central Pacific on the Hawaiian Islands
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LAHAINA, Hawaii -- In its promotional materials, the Old Lahaina Luau declares that it "takes great pride in presenting an authentic Hawaiian luau," and its production has been widely acclaimed as an alternative to the cliche luaus staged at the resort hotels.
A literature review revealed that rather than focusing on how to use the library, a growing number of academic libraries host activities, such as murder mysteries, luaus, and scavenger hunts that promote both a positive introduction to the library and student engagement (Cahoy & Bichel 2004; Kirby 2003; Marcus & Beck 2003).
Luaus have lots of delicious tropical foods, and one great idea is to make pineapple juice ice cubes and put them into all kinds of drinks with paper umbrellas or fun swizzle sticks.
It's not all luaus and leis for Nancy Drew in The Creature of Kapu Cave as she travels to Hawaii as a research assistant for Dr.
Oceanside luaus, seafood extravaganzas and casual beach grill barbecues are just some of the memorable events the meetings and culinary teams can create for business or pleasure.
For the past few years, they have held late-summer luaus as well as special holiday events, including a gala New Year's Eve party.
After that first luau, the little surfer girl returned to Hawaii year after year, learning to make her own leis for backyard luaus and bringing back bags filled with tropical treasures, including a 1935 menu from the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, vintage postcards and sheet music of Harry Owens' ``Sweet Leilani.
With luaus making a comeback, think about delightfully cheesy accessories, like a little hip-swaying hula dancer doll for a centerpiece.
95), which, in its most authentic form is Mexico's version of Hawaii's buried, pit-cooked whole pig featured at luaus.