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Hau’oli Makahiki Hou – Happy New Year, Hawaiian style!

If you’re having a house party this New Year’s Eve, why not help your guests forget about the freezing weather, snow and ice outside by having a Hawaiian fancy dress theme?

A few inflatable palm trees, parrots and hula girl cut outs should be enough to set the scene. Covering your living room in sand to recreate a Hawaiian beach is not recommended, particularly if you live in rented accommodation, or with your parents.

Put some Hawaiian steel guitar melodies on the stereo, and throw some fruit in the blender to make a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic tropical cocktails and you’re well on your way to a very happy Hawaiian New Year. Perhaps even consider organising some Hawaiian themed party games, such as limbo or hula dancing, or whack the piñata.

Greet your guests at the door with some home-made flower leis to make them feel at home in your very own tropical paradise, and perhaps encourage them beforehand to bring their own Hawaiian themed food contributions. Traditional Hawaiian buffet fare includes rice, grilled or barbecued meat, jerked beef, spam sushi, fish and coconut based desserts.

For Hawaiian fancy dress costumes, its shorts and Hawaiian shirts for the guys, and grass skirts or long flowing dresses for the gals.
Pomaika’i! Hau’ oli Makahiki Hou! Good luck, and Happy New Year!

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