HULA LUAU GAMES
HULA HOOP CONTEST
These all around children Luau games
are great fun for your luau. Put on some Luau music and let the
children take turns hula hooping. Have a basket of Island attire like a
grass skirt, some colorful leis, flowers for their hair, luau
flip-flops, a bright flowered shirt and anything else you can come up
with that is tropical.
See who can hula the longest and the best.
LIMBO LUAU GAMES
low can you go? No Hula-Luau party is complete without this popular
game. You can make it extra fun by adding a few special touches.
play a Limbo Party CD to set the mood. Pass out grass skirts for the
players to wear (Hawaiian shirts for boys). Have the children form a
Use a long stick, like a broom or mop handle, or even a
steady stream from the water hose for the children to limbo through,
meaning facing backwards they shimmy under the stick or water.
Each time the stick or water is lowered. The contestant that goes the lowest is the winner.
You can purchase the Limbo Kit Each if you wish. It even includes a Limbo CD.
TROPICAL BASKET CASE
the party, assemble a basket with hula luau related items in it. A
pineapple (artificial or real), a coconut (real or homemade), a banana
(real or artificial), a lei, a grass skirt, a toy fish, sunglasses, a
toy boat, a flip-flop, etc.
Have the children sit in a circle
and blind fold each of the players. Then pass around the basket to let
them feel what is in it. When the basket has gone around the circle,
pass out a piece of paper and a pen to each and have them write down
what items they think are in the basket.
The one with the most correct items wins.
the luau games more difficult for older children. Items can be: a can
of pineapple juice , a box of instant banana pudding mix, a bikini top,
a limbo stick, a bag of shredded coconut, etc.
BACKWARDS LUAU GAMES
to the party, find some luau related pictures and glue them to plain
white paper. You can download them or find them in magazines.
a child to be “it” and tape one of the pictures to his or her back.
She then will turn around for a minute or two, long enough that the
rest of the group can see the picture. Then she faces the group.
will then begin to act out the picture using motions but no words.
“It” has three minutes to guess the word. If guessed correctly, she
gains one point. If not, it is the next player’s turn.
Ideas for pictures include: a monkey in a palm tree, a sail boat on the ocean, a surfer dude, a luau fiesta, etc.
With younger children, you may not want to have a time limit and you can have easier pictures like a fish or flower.
LEI LUAU GAMES: RELAY
is a run that’s really fun! Divide the children into two groups and
have them form two lines at the designated starting line. The players
then have to run to the box of leis, put one on their neck and run back,
passing it to the next runner but without touching it with their hands.
The next runner will do the same thus having two leis and so on. The
first team to finish wins.
For older children, have the first
player put on a hula grass skirt before he or she can run to the get a
lei. When returning with a lei to pass off, he or she must take off the
skirt and hand it to the next runner as well. * It is ok for the
player to touch the skirt while passing it down, but not the lei.
COCONUT BOWL LUAU GAMES
some empty 2 liter soda bottles with sand. You can even make your own
colored sand from a kit. Add some small sea shells in the sand. Set
the bottles up like bowling pins and let the children take turns rolling
a coconut (real or homemade) to see how many they can knock over. Each
bottle they knock over counts as one and each child gets two tries each
turn, one to try to knock them all over and the next to knock out any
You can also purchase this Island Bowling set that comes complete with 10 plastic pineapple pins and two coconut bowling balls.
FLAMINGO RING TOSS
Let the children take turns trying to hoop the flamingo. Flamingo Ring Tossluau
games come with inflatable bird and 4 hoops. For older children, have
them stand further back and on one leg to make the game more difficult.
LUAU GAMES FOR OLDER CHILDREN
ISLAND OBSTACLE COURSE RACE
the party, create some island obstacles for the course. I have mapped
out my favorite course but you can use your own imagination. You can
use your own imagination to change it up. Your birthday child will no
doubt have some great ideas to add.Designate a starting line.
use a line made from a lei. Line three hula hoops out, side by side,
that the children must get through, one by one. Then the players must
walk through the fire. We used four or five medium sized stones spray
Then the cave crawl. Lay out a beach towel or
blanket and the player must crawl from one end to the other. A large
box works great too. In the next phase, the player must run from the end
of the cave crawl to the lagoon and jump over it. I used a blue towel.
Place a plastic soda bottle full of sand at the end of the
trek. The contestant must grab the bottle and run it back to the next
team member in line.
Just before the game begins, divide the party
into two teams and tell them that they have been marooned on an island.
In order to reach safety, they must complete the island obstacle
course and return with the message in the bottle. Set a timer and time
each team. The team that finishes in the least time wins.
Use colored sand in the bottle for a fun touch. You can even make your own with a sand coloring kit.
LUAU GAMES VACATION
a suitcase or large box with items you would take or encounter on a
luau vacation. Items can include: shorts, a Hawaiian shirt, a grass
skirt, a lei, thongs, sunglasses, a coconut (real or homemade), a
pineapple (a real one or even a sip cup that you can use later as well),
a plastic fish, a starfish and sea shells, an airplane ticket (you can
make your own if you don’t have an old one), a bathing suit, beach
out pencils and paper and have the group sit in a circle. Cover the
suitcase or box with a beach towel until time then uncover it for a
minute or so, making sure all items can be seen. Then, cover the
container and have the children write down what they can remember of the
items. The person who remembers the most, wins.
If you use a pineapple sipper cup, it makes a good prize for the winner.
ALOHA BINGO LUAU GAMES
bingo the Hawaiian way. This inexpensive and convenient game comes
with 8 game boards and 24 different Hawaiian words (with English
spellings as well). The colorful marker pieces cover the squares when a
match is called.
the group into two teams and have them form two lines. Give the first
child on each team a coconut (real or homemade) that they will hold with
their neck. On the count of “three”, the players will attempt to pass
the coconut, player to player, to the end of the line. Each player must
only hold the coconut with his or her chin and neck. The first team to
successfully pass the coconut to the end of the line wins.
HULA HOOP HOPSCOTCH LUAU GAMES
this new tropical twist to the old favorite game of hopscotch.
Assemble some hula hoops like a hopscotch path, two side by side then
one then two, then one. Have the children line up and take turns
throwing a sea shell into one of the hoops. It has to land inside the
hoop or they lose their turn and have to pass the shell to the next
player. But if they do get it right, the fun part begins. The player
hops through the hula hoops, skipping the one with the sea shell in it.
The child can’t have more than one foot on the ground at a time though,
except for when there are two hoops side by side in which case both
feet must touch at the same time. When he or she gets to the end of the
course, they must turn around on one foot and hop back in reverse,
using the same rules but skipping the hoop with the shell and picking it
up to pass off to the next player.
Hula hoops are available in sets like the one above.
LUAU GAMES FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN
This game is played like hot potato, but with an island flair. Use our instructions for a homemade
paper mache coconut
and put on a Luau CD.
The children pass the coconut around the
circle, person to person, quickly as if it were hot. When the music
stops, whoever has it or last touched it, is out. The game continues
until there is only one person left and that child is the winner
although, as we know, everyone is a winner.
BOBBING FOR FISH
a small wading pool or large bucket with water and float some plastic
fish in it. Let the children form a circle around the water and then
take turns trying to “catch a fish” using only his or her mouth. The
game is so fun you will want to go around the circle several times until
each child has had two or three turns.
BURIED TREASURE OR LUAU LOOT
the party, fill a container full of sand. A sandbox or wading pool
works great and so does an inflatable palm tree or swim ring drink
cooler. Or, you can paint a box black or dark brown. Toss loose change
like pennies, nickels and dimes in the sand and bury them.
count of “three” have the children “dig in” to find the hidden treasure.
Give them loot sacks or sand pails to put the money in and see who can
find the most.
You can purchase a sand coloring kit to decorate the sand and use it for more fun luau games and projects too.
GOING TO A LUAU- BEACH BALL ROLL
the children sit in a circle. One player begins the game and rolls a
beach ball to another player as quickly as possible. When a player
receives the ball, he or she must say an item they would take to a luau.
Here are a few examples: bathing suit, a lei, a beach towel. If a player doesn’t say and item, he or she is out of the game.
HULA HOOP PASS
object of this game is to pass the hula hoop around the circle from arm
to arm. Have the children stand in a circle and give one child a hula
hoop to put on his or her arm. The player then passes it to the child
next to him or her and so on down the line.
For more fun, put on
some Luau music and have them go as fast as they can once they get the
hang of it. If a player drops the hoop, he or she must stand in the
middle of the circle.