Luau Kalamaku is a Hawaiian dialect word for “hotel bay.” The name was inspired by the ancient belief that the god of water, Maui, often visited these islands. When he was not, it was believed that his fish took shelter in the “great bay.” Some Luau Hawaii tours use this as their theme. They take visitors to the site where the ancient fish mounds are located today. While it may be more fun to visit the site and touch the artifacts, I think it is much more fun to learn more about the history of the islands by actually taking a Luau Hawaii tour.
Kauai is one of the most popular tourist destinations on Oahu and is a very famous island off the tip of Hawaii. One of the things you will hear on Kauai is that the “Big Island” is really just an island. This may surprise some visitors who have never been there. The island is very big, indeed, but you cannot consider it to be an island.
When the Spanish Conquistadors came to Hawaii, they brought with them the practice of constructing huts in the center of the island so that they could keep one with the family while they roamed the jungle. Once the huts were established, it became known as a place for spiritual ceremonies. This is the reason why the name Kauai means “the place where the spirit moves.”
While the idea of a holy place has been around for centuries, the literal meaning of the word Kauai was changed during World War II. The island had fallen to the Japanese and the invaders called the island Nahuatl (meaning “all lands of the gods”). The Americans fought back with the phrase, “You are free to burn anything you want on this island,” which was taken from the Tequot Indian language. This is what gave the name to the island. After the war was over, the “Nahuatl” part was dropped.
However, the “Kauai” part of the name has remained and has been practiced ever since. If you go to any Luau party or Luau gathering in Kauai you will see people dancing the Luau Kalamaku. The word Kauai is Hawaiian for “all waters.” It really means “all water bodies.”
Many Luau parties in Kauai include games such as the Traditional Luau Races. This is a fun game that uses “races” to determine who comes out on top as “the best Kauai Luau racer.” A Kauai Luau race is a big party, but there are plenty of ways to make it fun for the whole family. You can start the races at sundown and the first person to finish wins.
Another fun game to play at a Luau party or Luau kalamaku is the “Spinning Bird”. In this game, the participants each take a spinner and spin around the deck. Whoever is the first to spin the other will be out. At the end of the game one will have to drop their spinner and if it lands in the water they will have to replace it.
When the sun sets on a Luau, it is time for the fiesta! The best way to enjoy the fiesta is to go to one of the many “Kauai Hotels” on the island. Some of the hotels even offer Luau parties packages that include food and drink. Whatever you do, don’t forget to try the traditional food and drinks served during a Luau.
One of the great things about this island is that you can see all the beaches from your hotel. There are two types of beaches on Kauai: the haalee beach and the offshore beach. Both are beautiful, but the offshore beach has more shoreline. It is good to go to the haalee beach at night because it is easier to see the stars from here.
Luau parties usually start with Kalapaki beach or Waimea bay. Both of these have great surf beaches. They are two of the most popular surfing beaches on Kauai and are both easy to reach. The other popular beach on Kauai is Fern Grotto which has three challenging rock walls that you can ride up on.
Finally, the food and drinks are what make or break a Luau. If you want to have fun, there are plenty of fun activities to do around the water. Some of the fun activities include kayaking, swimming, fishing, jet skiing, and jet boating. Of course, the food is important as well. The locals prepare delicious Kalabakan and Haupia for this festive occasion.