Traditional Hawaiian Games To Play At A Luau

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When people think about a luau, they usually think about two things: the food and the music. It is true that these things are both strongly associated with luau. However, a real luau also needs to have some entertainment!

If you are planning on hosting a luau, you may want to play some fun luau games. These games are very entertaining, and they are all based on traditional Hawaiian games.

Ulu Maika

This Hawaiian game is a lot like bowling, but it is designed to be played on the ground. People in Hawaii have been enjoying this game for a very long time.

If you would like to play this game, you should place two stakes in the ground. The stakes should be about six inches apart.

Have players stand about 12 feet away from the stakes. Hand everyone a medium size rounded stone. If you don’t have stones on hand, you could also use heavy balls.

The goal of the game is to roll your stone between the two stakes. Every time people successfully roll a stone between the stakes, they will score a point.


Konane is a classic Hawaiian board game that is very similar to checkers. As long as you have the right kind of board, you can easily play this game outside!

If you don’t have a Konane board, you can make your own! Take a large piece of cardboard. Using a ruler, create a 64-space grid on the cardboard. Alternate between black and white stones until every square is filled.

When people play the game, they have to jump across the other player’s pieces. They can jump up, down, left, or right. When you jump over someone’s pieces, you can remove those pieces from the board.

If you are the last person to make a jump, then you are the one that will win the game.

Hot Coconut

Hand Holding Coconut
Who needs potatoes when you have coconuts?

Have you ever played the game hot potato? In Hawaii, they don’t use a potato to play this classic game. Instead, they use a coconut!

This game is played in the same way that hot potato is. Have everyone pass a coconut around while traditional Hawaiian music plays. When the music comes to a stop, the person that is left holding a coconut is out of the game. You should keep playing until a winner is found!

The Limbo

The limbo is an incredibly popular party game. As a matter of fact, a lot of people have played this game outside of a luau.

The object of the game is simple. Two people hold a stick up and opposite lengths, and others try to walk under the stick. People have to see how low they can go.

You can have a lot more fun at your luau if you play the right kind of games there. If you don’t have any entertainment planned out for your luau, you should give some of these games a try. They should really help to liven up your big event.

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