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The Ilocanos part of the Filipino Americans has taken over the Japanese Americans in terms of population in Hawaii.Let us see what and how they spend fun in the Island Paradise of tropical fruits and beaches:
“With the beat of a drum and the rhythm from the South Pacific, we bring you flamely Hawaii” streams an intro to a traditional Hawaiian dance now part of a luau. Commonly branded with a Hawaiian welcome, luau in form is food and entertainment that draw tourists by loads to the islands. Its origin tracks from the late 1800’s when King Kamehameha II ended the segregation and class distinctions among men and women who were not able to eat certain foods nor dine together. The King signed an act ending the division via a big feast that has evolved into a drama from its inception to the present.This serves as a celebration marking the milestone of birth, coming of age, weddings, good harvest, completion of a house or an island boat or canoe and perhaps just plain visits.
There are two types of a luau known in Hawaii- HULA KAHIKO where guests in old costumes are treated to a traditional chanting of sounds from percussion instruments and the HULA AUANA that features versatile costumes with meld songs accompanied by a ukulele.
The first luau fed hundreds who came to the gathering earlier called pā‘ina or ‘aha ‘a ina. Present name luau came from the main dish which jibes with chicken wrapped in young taro leaves then baked with coconut milk. .Taro is an indispensable part of the luau for taro or Halos is believed to b e the courageous brother of humankind. Earlier warriors, it was noted, did not engross in fighting when the taro root was served. Considered the oldest of everybody, the Taros or the Halos commanded respect and no one fought in front of their revered elders.
There are so many distinct versions of a luau but the taro, roasted pig or chicken are basic. Kalua pork is cooked in an imu or hole otherwise known as a pit lined with fresh. Leaves, twigs covered with large wood.then layers of stones. The green leaves produce steam and upon addition of the animal ( butchered pig) in the pit, dirt is thrown in so no steam can escape. By the time it is cooked, the pork will have been taken out of the pit.
The luau gets more dramatic as fun builds up in the Hawaiian islands.The feast now draws far from the original common gathering of men and women plus kids. In Hawaii’s desire to boost tourism, several details propped up in the merry making. Leis and flowers are offered to the guests as a symbol of warm greetings.To recognize the warm welcome guests are expected to don on them until the luau is over,\ for failure to do so is a sign of disrespect. Then too evolved the meld with a ukulele, the grass skirt, and the Hawaiian mu-.mu as steady features. The drama continues with the introduction of Pu- Hawaiian conch shell blowing to announce the start of the party, the tiki bar for drinks that compliment the food served and an original Samoan ritual, the fire dance.
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