The Hawaiian Luau: Food As Tradition, Transgression, Transformation and Travel

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Abstract:

Sweet music drifts on the trade winds, the surf surges upon the shore, and a lavish banquet of island fruit, fish and succulent baked pig is served to men and women seated companionably together beneath the palms … Few meals are as apparently familiar as the Hawaiian luau, one of the iconic repasts of world cuisine. But how much do we really know about this island feast? Using anthropology, ethnohistory and popular art, this paper explores the many narratives, identities and authenticities embedded in the cultural biography and cuisine of the luau.

Keywords: CULINARY AUTHENTICITY; CULINARY TOURISM; IDENTITY; LUAU

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/175174408X317543

Publication date: June 1, 2008

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