10 Great Hawaiian Luau & Tiki Party Ideas | Vancouver BC

Planning a Hawaiian party? Luaus are known for bringing friends and family together to share good food and good company.  Here are some great Tiki party ideas that can work both outside, or inside – should the Vancouver weather force your festivities indoors.

Hawaiian Party Food

You don’t have to be an amazing chef to pull off some great tropical theme cuisine. The food can be as simple as ordering or picking up some some Hawaiian pizza, but for more fun, try one of these simple recipes to wow your guest and get inspired by some of these amazing creations:

Fruity Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Easy-to-make, budget friendly Luau & Tiki party food


Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bits (image from seductionmeals.com)


Tropical Hot Dogs

Baked Hawaii

Baked Hawaii

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Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

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Hawaiian Tropical Island Cookies

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Tropical Pineapple Wedge Candy

Tropical Pineapple Wedge Candy


This one may seem too easy, but hitting up your local Vancouver or Lower Mainland dollar store for a couple dozen flower lies is a great idea for a Luau. As your guests arrive, greet them with a loud “Aloha” as you present them with a festive lei. It’s also a great way to include guests who were reluctant to wear their tackiest floral prints out in public.


Hawaiian Leis

Colorful Tropical Drinks

Drinks are a great way to throw some color into your Hawaiian Luau party.

Try one of these tropical theme punches, and don’t forget those adorable tiny umbrellas.  

Blue Punch

Blue Punch

Aloha Party Punch Recipe

Aloha Party Punch

Light It Up

If you are having your party outside, Tiki Torches are a must have. You can easily turn a regular backyard into an island paradise by lighting up a few torches.

Backyard Tiki torches.Bamboo Hawaiian Tiki torches on the island of Maui.


Fresh Decor

Paint the leaves of pineapples to match your decor. Not only can it tie in your color theme, but will look great in your pictures and as a bonus-  they are still edible.

Painted pineapple idea for a tropical party look.


DIY Tropical Theme Garlands

Decorations don’t need to be expensive. A DIY (Do-It-Yourself) garland is a great way to spice up any space to fit your tropical Tiki Theme party. Try one of these super fun, super chic garland ideas.

Tropical DIY garland

Tropical DIY garland. Click on the image above for instructions on how to make it.

DIY paper flower garland

DIY paper flower garland. Click on the image above for step-by-step instructions.


Set the Mood with the Ukulele

I don’t know a person in the world who doesn’t appreciate the smooth voice of Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Set the mood at your Luau with Ukulele classics from this iconic Hawaiian artist such as Wonderful World, Ka Na‘i Aupuni or Kainoa. You’ll have your guests swaying all night. Have a listen to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole below singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow.


Capture the Moment with a Photo Booth

Photo booths are a blast at tropical themed parties. They allow guests to interact, laugh and let out their wild side. The huge assortment of fun tropical props that come with a photo booth rental such as Hawaiian leis, colourful wigs, straw hats, crazy sunglasses, grass skirts, and so much more only enhance the party and provide non-stop laughs as your guests look their tropical best and goof off in the photo booth.

In addition to all this, photo strips are a fantastic Hawaiian take home party favor that will remind your guests of all the fun they had at your party. At Forever Captured Photo Booth Rentals in Vancouver, they create their own customized photo strips to perfectly incorporate all the themed elements of a party set in the tropics. In our view, including a themed photo booth like this is the ultimate addition to any Hawaiian Luau or Tiki themed party.

Hawaiian party photo booth theme package.

You can learn more about a photo booth rental for your party or chat with someone at Forever Captured Photo Booth to see how you could work a photo booth into the mix at your Hawaiian Luau or Tiki Party.


Shake those Hips!

Get your guest moving and laughing with a hula hoop competition. What better way to loosen up a crowd than by getting them to shake their hips!

If your guests are really brave, have them learn some basic hula steps with a video tutorial like this one:



Floral Prints

Hawaiian prints are easy to find at your local fabric store. Use the fabric anywhere you can think of: tablecloths, table runners, homemade napkins or even photo backdrops are a great place to start.

Hawaiian floral patternTropical beach theme floral pattern.Tropical floral print pattern. Good idea for a table cloth at a Luau party.

Whatever you decide to have at your Hawaiian Luau or Tiki Party, keep it bright and fun and enjoy the time with your friends and loved ones. In Hawaiian culture, Ohana means family – and that’s what these parties are all about.