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What’s a Pūpū?

It’s a word that catches the ear – and the imagination – but if you look up the Hawaiian word ‘pūpū’ several meanings are revealed. One definition for “pūpū” is a general name for marine and land shells, but really the commonly known reference is ‘a relish, appetizer, canapé, hors dʻoeuvre; formerly, the fish, chicken, or banana served with kava’. 

Experience Pūpū’s and Island Music

Though kava is not on the menu for Hula in the Mountains, there will be plenty ono-licious (really yummy) traditional, island-style appetizers during the VIP Pūpū Hour preceding the Hula Show. This year the VIP Pūpū Hour kicks off at 5:30 pm with live music by Koa Young and Gary Cambra, two local musicians with big Hawaiian roots. VIP Pūpū Hour ticket holders get the best advanced seating to the evening show and early shopping at the Island craft booths. Get ticket info.

The Pūpū Menu 

Heavy appetizers provided this year include Polynesian meatballs, teriyaki chicken, kalua pork, macaroni salad, coconut rice balls, vegetarian pesto wraps, pineapple canoes, fruit and veggie platters, and mai tai ʻmocktailsʻ complete with an umbrella! (No alcohol served.)

We hope to see you there for a taste of the Islands, a little talk-story, amazing hula dancing, and lots of surprises.  Aloha!

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