Din­ing & En­ter­tain­ment

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - 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.

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