Well you could try:http://www.hawaiicity.com/recipes/index.html
Actually Luaus are traditionally associated with the pork thing, but Hawaii is known for it's diversity as well, mostly seafood.
I've got a couple of recipes.
Lomi Lomi Salmon
1/2 lb. smoked salmon or lox
4 fresh tomatoes, peeled and cubed
1 large bell pepper, diced
3 scallions, chopped
1 medium Maui or mild onion, chopped
1 tsp. lemon juice
Shred salmon. Combine all ingredients and chill.
Macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi
Pupu platters with all kinds of fresh veggies and fruits (heavy on the tropical), lomi-lomi salmon, cherries, butterfly shrimp, hawaiian crab cakes, baked squash and bananas, kim chees and slaws (not mayo based)...that kind of thing.
I'd say fruit skewers for presentation and ease of serving in some instances.
They specifically don't want pork, but could you use a little pork fat for flavor? Or is there a religious or food allergy thing going on?
I don't know, but I'd actually try this one using veal with a thin fat layer and add a little pork fat (not smoked) on top before wrapping:
OVEN KALUA PORK
4-5 lb "pork" butt 3 tablespoons Hawaiian salt or kosher salt 2 tablespoons liquid smoke, 2-3 banana leaves.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make several slashes along the surface of the "pork" butt. Rub with salt, then liquid smoke. Prepare banana leaves by removing the rib. Lay out a large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, and place 4 banana leaves on top. Place "pork" on leaves and wrap them around the "pork". Cover with remaining leaves in the opposite direction until "pork" is completely wrapped. Wrap the foil tightly around the "pork" to make a watertight seal.
Place package in a large roasting pan. Fill with two inches of water and cover pan tightly with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Lower temperature to 325 degrees F and cook for 3-3 1/2 hours or until tender. Unwrap "pork" from package and shred before serving.
I made a pineapple upside down cake incorporating coconut cake and macadamia nuts for the topping.
A thick coconut pudding is traditional.
Too bad about the Spam thing! :lips:
Hey, anybody actually taste poi?