The Hawaiian luau history dates back to ancient Hawaii. In ancient Hawaii it was a strong religious belief that men and Commoners and women were forbidden to eat certain items that were considered delicacies. These delicacies were for royalty only. In 1819 King Kamehameha II abolished these traditional religious practices. As a final end to this practice, King Kamehameha II ordered a feast of delicacies and sat down and ate with the women and commoners. That is what started the luau.
Luaus were not just regular meals, but large feasts with many people invited. It was told that at the Coronation luau for King Kalakaua in 1883, the tables were draped in white linens and decorated with ferns, leaves, and flowers almost covering the table linens. There were so many native guests wearing fancy fragrant leis that the sweet floral smell was almost overpowering. Royal luaus were done on a huge scale. King Kamehameha III hosted a luau in 1847 that included 2,245 coconuts, 4,000 taro plants, 482 huge bowls of poi, 3,125 salt fish, 1,820 fresh fish and 271 hogs along with many other fresh fruits and delicacies.
King Kalakaua was known for his love of giving parties and his love of the hula. He was given the nickname of the Merry Monarch. He threw a huge luau for his 50th birthday and invited more than 1,500 guests. There were so many people there that they had to be fed in 3 different shifts.
From the backyard gatherings and family picnics to graduations and corporate events, the tradition of breaking bread together is a way to celebrate life’s most precious moments.
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