Note: Enjoy this song while reading this post
Hawaiians marked special occasions with feasts called ‘aha ‘aina. During these feasts celebrated among families and friends, there are many delicacies and symbolic practices observed that illustrates the unity of the participants; names and attributes of certain foods represented virtues or goals which participants hope to achieve. Men and women ate separately, and exotic food were reserved only for King Kamehameha and the chiefs of Hawaii.
In 1819, to celebrate the end of traditional religious practices, King Kamehameha II feasted with women to signify major societal changes. Shortly after this celebration, the term luau gradually replaced ‘aha ‘aina. Luau is the name of the taro leaf, which is cooked like spinach when young. The traditional luau was eaten on the floor over mats weaved together from leaves of the hala tree. Traditional luaus were typically large gatherings with many attendees.
Contrary to popular belief, the ukulele did not originate in Hawaii, although it appears in many luaus. Traditional Hawaiian music consisted mostly of drums and other handmade instruments. With Western influences, stringed instruments such as the ukulele eventually became popular in modern bands playing Hawaiian luau music and songs, which cover topics from love, to a deep appreciation of the land and Hawaiian traditions.
Blooming Bellies — Uku-luau
What better way to celebrate summer in Singapore than to dig into delicious tropical fruit; the kiwi! Here’s a super simple recipe to fight the sweltering heat, and practice your hula.
Clockwise from top left: kiwi, skewers, chocolate/candy sprinkles, condensed milk
- Slice the kiwi into 1-cm pieces.
- Using the skewers, carefully poke into the kiwi, to replicate the shape of a ukulele. Work carefully as the kiwi may be fragile!
3. Dunk the kiwi into the condensed milk, ensuring it is fully covered.
4. Place it onto a plate/tray and sprinkle your favourite toppings (It can even be crushed Oreo!)
5. Cover your plate/tray with clingwrap and place it in the freezer.
6. And aloha! Enjoy your candied ‘ukulele’!
To end off this post, just for laughs: