"Hawaiian Luau - How the luau was born." Hawaii (Big Island) Local Custom Tip by Jerelis

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by Jerelis

In ancient Hawaii men and women ate their meals apart. Commoners and women of all ranks were also forbidden by ancient Hawaiian religion to eat certain delicacies. This all changed in 1819 when King Kamehameha II abolished the traditional religious practices.

A feast where the King ate with women was the symbolic act which ended the Hawaiian religious tabus and the luau was born. The favorite dish at these feasts is what gave the luau its name. Young and tender leaves of the taro plant were combined with chicken, baked in coconut milk and called luau.

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  • Written Aug 29, 2005
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