For us commoners, every night the Paradise Cove Luau (be sure and pronounce it Loo-ow, looah refers to the plumbing facilities - not a nice place to eat) is staged near the resort. There's a lot more to this luau than just the food. They teach the guests to make their own leis, there's tatoos (temporary) for the kids, hula exhibitions and coconut tree climbing. During the meal there's hula dancing and lessons for the more courageous (picture is from their brochure).
There's also a Hukilau (pronounced hook-ee-lah-oo) , when guests can help pull in fish nets to acient chants and conch shell bugles. Great fun for spectator and participant.
The kalua pig is cooked in the traditional style, in an imu, an underground pit. Kalua pork is pork that is cooked until it flakes off the bone. Delicious! Unlike ancient times, women today are allowed to eat pork.
Fortunately the ancient tabus are no more. Women can eat what they choose, there are no birds reserved for royalty (except for the endangered species) and men and women can eat at the same table.
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