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Both men and women wear the Hawaiian lei and grass skirts, so those are luau costume essentials. Hawaii still celebrates its heritage and the old island gods. One of the most famous is Kamapua'a, the Hawai'ian trickster god who wooed and won Pele, Goddess of the Volcanoes. If you're a man wearing luau attire, you can dress as a luau dancer playing the part of Kamapua'a. Kamapua'a is depicted as wearing a crown of leaves and wearing an amulet. His symbol is the pig, since according to legend he can transform into a wild pig. Buy a pig pin or necklace, or a tusk to hang around your neck with your Hawaiian lei. Pele traditionally wears a crown of flowers and a sarong or grass skirt. Your date can wear luau clothing and pretend to be a Hawaiian dancer playing Pele, since Pele is a patroness of the dance. Another idea is to dress as a Hawaiian chief with a ceremonial conch shell completing your luau costume. Or you and a guy pal can wear grass skirts while juggling tiki torches, since this is traditional entertainment at a luau. Just be careful when mixing fire and grass skirts!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|