Dining & Entertainment
79. Go to a Lu‘au
Loosely translated, a lu‘au is a big feast with a lot of singing, dancing and fun. Lu‘au often feature homegrown entertainment, complete with traditional hula and Polynesian festivities. Served with that is a main course of kalua pig—tender, shredded pork cooked in an imu (underground oven)—and typical Hawaiian sides of poi, sweet potatoes, lomi lomi salmon and haupia. It’s the perfect celebration of culture and camaraderie. The Sunset Lu‘au at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa treats guests to an imu ceremony where the pig is brought out of the underground oven, as well as traditional dances from around Polynesia and a selection of contemporary and Hawaiian fare—all as the sun sets over ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay.
• Hawai‘i Savers (808) 937-3737 or (888) 283-8818
• Hilton Waikoloa Village (808) 886-1234
• Island Breeze Lu‘au (808) 326-4969
• Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Sunset Lu‘au (808) 866-6789
80. Enter the Shave Ice Debate
Shave ice— it’s not your average snow cone. Debates rage over which shack, shop or stand has the most finely shaven ice or perfectly crafted syrup. From haupia (coconut) to li hing mui (a salty, dried plum) to strawberry, shave ice flavors can be selected to fit anyone’s taste buds, making this icy treat the perfect ending to a sunny day at the beach.
On top of all of the delicious flavors available, local shave ice is often accompanied by ice cream, condensed milk or azuki beans. To try it local-style, add all three.
There are numerous options throughout the island: In Kona, try Scandinavian Shave Ice on the corner of Ali‘i Drive and Likana Lane; in Kamuela, visit Anuenue Shave Ice at the Kawaihae Harbor Shopping Center; or when in Hilo, check out Itsu’s Fishing Supplies, located at 810 Pi‘ilani St.
81. Absorb the Spirit of Hula
In its authentic form, hula is the most powerful expression of indigenous Hawaiian culture that exists. The chants and dance comprise an oral history of Hawai‘i’s native people, passed down from a kumu hula (teacher) to each generation.
Hula performances also abound at shopping centers and schools around the island. If you’d like to learn the art of the dance yourself, look into taking a class at various resorts.