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How to Plan a Hawaiian Luau

Had your heart set on going to Hawaii this summer? Well, you can turn your backyard into a tropical paradise by throwing a luau for you and your friends! Get Kidzworld's party planning tips right here!

You Are Kono (Invited)!

Get your pals to dress up in tropical duds, like floral bikinis and surf shorts. Leis and grass skirts are also an absolute must for any luau! You can buy them at the dollar store, but come on - it's way more fun to make 'em! For the leis, set out real or fake flowers with some needle and thread. Your mom can help everyone string the flowers together. Whether you're using real or fake ones, try using flowers that actually grow in Hawaii, like orchids, hibiscus, carnations and birds of paradise. For the grass skirts, cut out strips of green crepe paper and tape them around the waist of everyone's shorts. You can also use the flowers and crepe paper to decorate your tables and chairs.

Get Your Hula On

Set up tiki torches in your backyard, crank up some Hawaiian music and learn to do the hula, which is the ancient art of Hawaiian dancing. All ya have to do is bend your knees, sway your hips and let your hands do the talking! Here are a few moves to get you started.

  • Swaying Tree - With your left hand, hold your right arm at the elbow while the right arm and fingers make a swaying motion.
  • Love - Cross your hands over your shoulders.
  • Sun - Hold your hands over your head as if shaping a sun.
  • Mountain - Raise your arms sideways with palms facing away from you, one hand higher than the other. One hand is the peak of the mountain, the other is the slope.
  • Ocean - Roll your hands over each other.

Tropical Treats

After all the fun and games, your friends are gonna be hungry for some cool tropical eats. Prepare fruit kebabs (fruits on sticks!) by cutting fruit into large chunks. Some fruits to try are pineapples, bananas, mangoes and papayas. Stick 'em onto skewers, alternating different fruits. Order Hawaiian pizza and serve up some fruit punch in coconut shells. Don't forget to add the cocktail umbrellas!

 

  • For more great theme party ideas, check out the book Let's Party! by Alison Bell!

 

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Clarkguild
Dear Dish-it, Sorry to be a burden, but I need some advice. About a year ago, I decided I didn't want to live with my mom and decided to move in with my dad. After my mom found out, she told me "You are no longer my child, go drop dead and rot in hell for all I care." My siblings, especially my twin, began to threaten me and my father's lives if we were to ever step foot near them again. A year later, my dad and I get in massive fights about everything I do wrong and he never seems to try and see my point of view. He often gets ##### and compares me to my mother and his previous exes. I feel lost on what to do. I feel so alone and so...hurt. Do you have any advice? I know it's pathetic of me to rant on here, but I'm clueless and on the verge of snapping.
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heckinmemes
have you tried punching her and your dad
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LUCYQWERTY123
hey there!! well i suggest u to answer back cause i think he missed u cause he hasnt see u for a year and i know he is estranged but if u answer back maybe he wont be strange so yeah :D :D :D
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MysticalC
My dad and I are kind of estranged, we haven't spoken in a year. So my mom decides it would be a good idea to let him message me. He texted me while I was at school and now I have no idea what to do. All he said was 'Hi _, how is school?'. Do I reply? Do I not? If I do, what do I say? My mom and grandparents are no help, they just cracked jokes about it. KidzWorld has helped me with a hell lot of things, I better not be let down this time.
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jordand08
Just act like you were introducing him as one of your friends. Be yourself, wear stuff that’s comfortable. It’s okay to be nervous because everyone will be. Just hang out and have fun.
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