Luau Entertainment: Hula to Humuhumunukunukuapua’a

Thank you to Aly’Gatr, a pineapple lover and native Hawaiian (she was born there), for embracing this week’s party theme: Hawaiian Luau. As you can see from her comments, this bird of paradise knows her stuff including the actual hula dance that accompanies the hukilau. Sadly, she could not forward her own performance, but supplied a stand-in. (Bloggers are such a generous bunch!)

Performing a hula showcase for the guests of your luau would make you one Hoihoi Hostess (Hoihoi being “entertaining” in Hawaiian). And even if you just bumble through it like the guy in the green shirt and revert to the robot dance, people appreciate your enthusiasm. Similar to my baking – it’s the thought that counts.

If anyone actually does this at their Luau – you HAVE to tell me.

But, if you are not willing to shake your money maker for a crowd, I have another idea for entertaining. It is no surprise that I am a fan of the board game. I do enjoy a game of Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit or Balderdash. That’s right Balderdash – that hilarious game of bluffing. If you have never played (I feel sorry for you), you can get the full scoop at Wikipedia. But, the basic gist is that everyone has to make up a definition of the same word and you guess which the correct definition is. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Now, I know you’re thinking what I’m thinking – HAWAIIAN BALDERDASH!!! (Us screaming in unison. Jinx, Buy me a coke!) That’s right. Take Hawaiian words and have people make up and guess definitions. For example…

Humuhumunukunukuapua’aA blessing after one sneezes
The state fish of Hawaii
An undergarment worn by a bride on her wedding day
Another way of referring to three finger poi

Are you stumped? Well, get ready to hold you sides…(I put the answer in the comments)… Oh, my eyes are watering from the laughter! If you feel your guests are not amused by Hawaiian Balderdash, I say the hukilua is a strong backup or a robot dance.

I leave you with a Japanese proverb…

We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

Right On! I’ve got to Boogie.


3 Responses to “Luau Entertainment: Hula to Humuhumunukunukuapua’a”

  1. 1 Party MOMster August 12, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Ok, smarty pants the answer is….the state fish of Hawaii, the Hawaiian triggerfish.I know you are now hooked (excuse the pun!) on Hawaiian Balderdash 🙂

  2. 2 AlyGatr August 13, 2009 at 12:01 am

    BINGO! I'll pay ya a buck if you can pronounce it 🙂 Here are a few other fun words for your Hawaiian Balderdash:Pupu (that one is a set up for a load…cough, cough, of poo jokes), Kamehameha, Kalanianeole, Liliuokalani…or maybe U'a Mau Ke E'a O Ka Aina I Kapono…OK, the last one's not fair since it is a saying and not just one word. Again…extra points if you can pronounce them!I appreciate that you said I "couldn't" forward my own video, as opposed to "no way in hell, in the absence of alcohol or controlled substances would she create such a video" 🙂

  3. 3 Party MOMster August 13, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Oh, unless it is suppose to sound like a motor boat breaking down (Humana-humna-humna-kaput)– I am doing the Hawaiian language a great disservice.Thanks for the extra words — I'll have to look them up. And can there ever be enough poo jokes? Not as far as the staff is concerned.

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