Luau Party Food, Drinks and Snacks

Hawaiian Luau Party Food - Ham wrapped pineapple bites
Try these easy-to-make recipes for your Hawaiian Luau Party. Not only are they delicious, but they are colorful and capture the essence of summer with fresh fruits and Macadamia nuts. Throw together a cold Hawaiian Lemonade and decorate with slices of fresh lime and lemon. Easy-to-prepare Luau Ham and Pineapple snacks are simple yet looks fresh and festive.

Luau Ham and Glazed Pineapple Snacks

Hawaiian Hibiscus Straws for drinks
These delicious skewers of ham and marmalade-glazed fruit are perfect for your luau party. Easy to make and looks great with a decorated toothpick (silk flowers or Luau Umbrella Parasol Picks ). Just poke them into a pineapple and this snack can double as a centerpiece and be eaten too! (Makes about 36 servings). {photo: credits}


  • 1 can of 15 1/4 ounce of pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 6 ounces thinly sliced cooked ham, cut into 4×1/2 inch strips
  • Wooden toothpicks that have decorated ends like flowers or umbrellas, or other festive theme
  • 1 jar of 10 ounce maraschino cherries


  1. In a medium bowl, toss the pineapple chunks (drained) in the orange marmalade and coat.
  2. Thread a cherry (drained) through a toothpick or skewer.
  3. Wrap a ham string around each pineapple chunk.
  4. Then thread each wrapped pineapple on the toothpick.
  5. Take a pineapple to use as a base. If the pineapple is unsteady, you may need to cut 1/4 of the bottom off to create a stable base.
  6. Place pineapple onto a festive plate. Poke all skewers into the pineapple.
  7. Cover and chill for up to 2 hours. Served chilled.
  8. Another option: If you prefer to serve this as a warm snack, warm the skewers instead of chilling them in the oven on 325 degrees for about 30 minutes and serve immediately.
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Tropical Fruit Salad

prep time: 15 min chill: 2 hours

Hawaiian Luau Party Drinks
  • 1 medium mango, seeded peeled and cubed
  • 11 ounces mandarin orange sections, drained
  • 2 kiwis peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 cup tiny marshmallows
  • 8 ounces carton vanilla yogurt
  • 3 bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut

Combine all the fruit in a bowl, together with the marshmallows and the yogurt. Cover and chill for 2-4 hours. When ready to serve, cut each banana half crosswise into 2 pieces. For each banana half, cut lengthwise again to split the banana. Place 2 banana pieces on a dessert plate. Stir half of the coconut into the fruit mixture. Then spoon on top of the bananas. Sprinkle the remaining coconut on top. Drizzle with honey on top. Makes 6 servings.

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Macadamia Nut-Crusted Chicken with Honey-Mustard Dip

Hawaiian Luau Party Drinks
prep: 25 min bake: 45 min
This is a great make ahead chicken that is baked, non-greasy with a bit of a sweet taste from the honey. Kids and adults alike will love this one. Easy to prepare ahead of time and store in the fridge until 1 hour before serving. Pop in the oven and it’s ready for serving without the mess during party time! {credits: photo}

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2-3 pounds of chicken drumsticks, skinless
  • 1 1/2 cups herb-seasoned stuffing mix, crushed
  • 3 1/2 ounce jar macadamia nuts finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp soya sauce
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 3 tbs butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat 15x10x1 inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a shallow pan, stir together nuts and the stuffing mix. In a small bowl, combine the milk, 2 tbs honey, 1 tsp soya sauce, and the milk.
  3. Dip chicken into the mixture and then into crumb mixture to coat. Place in the pan. Drizzle with melted butter.
  4. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Do not turn chicken when baking.
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Honey Mustard Dip:

Honey mustard dip in black bowl on Luau party table
  • 1/2 cup mayonaise
  • 4 tsp mustard
  • 1 tbs honey

Combine mayo, mustard, and 1 tbs honey. Mix well and serve with the chicken.

Optional: Garnish with a slice of pineapple and an orchid flower.

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Char Siu Pork

Chinese Char Siu Pork is marinated roasted pork
Char Siu Pork is another favorite dish for Hawaiian Luaus.  Char siu has become popular through Chinese immigrants all over, and can now be found in countries like Japan, Hawaii and Malaysia. In Hawaii it has been adopted as part of the Hawaiian foods and can be often seen at Hawaiian Luau Parties. Detailed instructions and pictures for Char Siu Roasted Pork.

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Stir Fry Noodles

Luau Party Food Stir Fry Noodles
Stir Fry Noodles is another favorite Luau dish for parties. This easy dish can be made ahead of time in large quantities and reheated in the oven right before guests arrive.  The recipe does calls for egg noodles but spaghetti noodles can be easily substituted instead.  Detailed instructions and pictures for Luau Stir Fry Noodles.

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Crispy Egg Roll

Chinese Spring Rolls on a plate
Another dish that is a favorite dish is the egg roll.  The egg roll is originally a Chinese dish as well, however, it has been a favorite all over the World regardless of ethnic origin or cultural background.  Since there is a heavy Asian influence in Hawaii, you will find them served everywhere.  Roll the egg roll ahead of time and when ready to serve, fry in a deep fryer or stove top pan right before serving.  Serve warm.  Add dipping sauce if you wish.

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Fried Plantain

Hawaiian Luau Party Drinks
Plantains are a type of banana that is commonly found in Hawaii.  It is a staple food for the Tropical regions in the world and eaten as a starch and side dish. Plantains can be eaten when they are under-ripe or green.  It then becomes more of a potato-like starch with a hint of sweetness.  When the skin is black, and the inside feel soft, the plantain is over-ripe (but not rotten).  If you fry it at this point it will be super sweet and delicious.  To prepare, slice and fry in about 2 tablespoon of oil until lightly brown.

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Slices of Fresh Pineapple

Hawaiian Official Fruit is the pineapple - serve in wedges with skin
Pineapples are grown abundantly in Hawaii and virtually any dish with pineapple today is associated with Hawaii.  What about just serving slices of this sweet fruit?  Fresh pineapples are an easy dessert and healthy snack to serve at parties.  Simply slice the pineapple into slices as shown, and for each slice, cut up into 4 wedges.  Serve wedges of pineapple with the skin intact so guests can easily grab the end and eat at informal gatherings.

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Macadamia Nuts

Hawaiian Macadamia Nuts
The Macadamia Nut is a nutritious nut that is produced in Hawaii.  It contains high amount of protein, good fats and makes a tasty treat as well as a low-carbohydrate option at parties.  You can experiment with different preparations like toasted nuts, candied nuts, chocolate covered ones, etc. and place them on a tray so guests can savor the variations.

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Banana Bread

Hawaiian Luau Banana Bread
Since bananas are produced abundantly in Hawaii, it is not surprising that bananas have become a part of the Hawaiian diet.  Banana bread can be found often at luaus as a side starch.  This banana bread recipe is made with lots of bananas which have been smashed with a fork (versus food processor) and incorporated into the batter.  It makes the bread super moist and flavorful as you will get small chunks of bananas with every bite.

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Kid-Friendly Snacks for a Hawaiian Luau Party

Hawaiian Hibiscus Straws for drinks
Have plenty of snacks and treats on hand for munching especially if the party is attended by lots of kids or is a kids party. A popular Luau themed food that is easy and kids love is Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple. {credit: photo}

Put out snacks in small bowls for munching like:

  • Milk and White Chocolate in the shape of fish and various shell shapes
  • Gold fish crackers
  • Pirate booty
  • Swedish Fish and other Gummy candy in the shape of shells, stars, etc.
  • Limbo Pretzel Sticks (Straight Pretzel sticks)
  • Macadamia Nuts (check for allergies first of guests attending)
  • Cut up chunks of cold pineapple. Serve using Flower toothpicks.
  • Serve grille Pork Kabobs with fresh veggies on a skewer. These are always a hit with kids and teens since it’s festive looking and easy to eat.
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Hawaiian Luau Drinks

Hawaiian Lemonade

Hawaiian Luau Party Drink served in pineapple with straws, cherry and leaf decor
  • 1/2 of a 12 ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 12 ounce can apricot nectar, chilled
  • 12 ounce can unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled
  • 1 1/4 cups of ginger ale (chilled)

In a large punch bowl, combine all juices with 3/4 cup of cold water. Slowly add the ginger ale down the side of the bowl. Stir gently to mix. Add ice cubes. Decorate with slices of lime, oranges, cherries or grapes. Makes 6 servings. For added fun, serve in a Tropical Coconut Cup or Fresh Pineapple.

For Pineapple: Hollow out a pineapple and save pineapple chunks for other recipes or drinks.  Pour drink in the pineapple and add decorations as described above.

Hawaiian Hibiscus Straws for drinks
Decorating options: Serve this sweet, bubbly drink with flowers, paper umbrella straws, hibiscus flower straws, wedges of orange or with cherries. Decorate each drink with festive details and your party will sure stand out as the most fab Hawaiian Luau Party!

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More Hawaiian Summer Luau Party Drink Recipes:

Hawaiian Luau Party Drinks

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More Instructions for a Hawaiian Luau Party or Summer Beach Flip Flop Party

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