Eat, Drink and Have Fun at the LuauWritten by Donna Monday
In old Hawaii, luau was a great feast given to honor royalty, foreign dignitaries, and to celebrate weddings, christenings, and birthdays.
Traditionally, luaus would last for days and included plates piled high with food, good drink, and much singing and dancing.
Guests sat on woven mats on ground and looked upon a long table decorated generously with leaves and flowers.
Poi (made from taro root), roasted pig, and chicken baked in coconut milk were just some of local delicacies you’d find on luau table. Guests traditionally ate with their fingers.
Catch a Wave the Hawaii WayWritten by Donna Monday
When you’re on deck of your cruise ship off coast of Hawaii, you may just catch a glimpse of some dedicated surfers riding on top of a tall wave. Watch sun beat down on their glistening backs as sea spray hits their tanned faces.
Hawaii is a surfer’s paradise. The Pacific, after all, is where surfing originated and became almost an art. Hawaiians used to have a strict social class order called “kapu”. The kapu system of laws separated royal Hawaiians from commoners.
Surfing was a big part of traditional Hawaiian culture, and kapu law determined where people could surf, how big their surfboards were, and even what materials boards could be made out of. Of course, Hawaiian royalty had best and biggest boards, as well as choicest surfing spots. And, it wasn’t just men who had all surfing fun. Some of women surfed too.