Get ready to throw a fabulous luau party without breaking a sweat in the kitchen! These easy luau finger foods are quick to make and will impress your guests… not that you need to impress anyone.
Explore these fuss-free recipes and pick a few. Whip them together effortlessly and watch your guests enjoy every tropical bite.
Aloha to stress-free entertaining!
Be prepared. Be a relaxed hostess.
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What to Serve at Luau Party
Start the party with Hawaiian appetizers, a.k.a. pūpūs. Serve cold luau appetizers or a mixture of warm and cold finger foods.
Bring out the luau side dishes, like Hawaiian potato salad, and delight the guests with tasty main courses, such as pineapple meatballs.
Luau parfaits, shave ice, and coconut cupcakes satisfy the sweet tooth. And delicious luau drinks from the Tiki bar are just what the guests want.
In this blog post you’ll find easy, popular luau finger food ideas. These mouthwatering treats will make your taste buds dance hula!
How Many Luau Finger Foods Should You Serve
Pick 2 or 3 appetizers and aim to have a total of 5-7 pieces for each guest.
1. Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders
Use Hawaiian dinner rolls to prepare this popular luau appetizer: Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders.
Melted butter mixed with poppy seeds, mustard, and dried onions… poured over the rolls filled with ham and Swiss cheese, yummy!
2. Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites
Mouthwatering flavor combination! These bacon wrapped pineapple bites will go fast.
Thankfully, they are easy to prepare. Use fun tropical cocktail picks when serving them to give them a luau-look.
The perfect party platter for your luau appetizers! Crafted from high-quality, sturdy wood, these serving trays offer ample space to beautifully display a variety of delectable luau finger foods.
The raised edge keeps the food in place.
3. Rosemary Pineapple Mozzarella Bites (cold appetizer)
This canapé is easy and super cute!
Enhance the natural sweetness of pineapple by gently charring it; dip it in rosemary oil that complements its tropical notes. After that, you add the cheese balls with a hint of chili.
A delectable finger food for a luau party:
4. Hawaiian Barbeque Chicken Cups
Serve these Hawaiian Barbeque Chicken Cups as a snack or side dish.
The wonton wrapper cups give this appetizer a fun look.
5. Air Fryer Hawaiian Chicken Wings
Can you believe it takes only a few minutes to prepare these Hawaiian chicken wings! They are perfect as an appetizer or main course served with rice and vegetables.
6. Grilled Pineapple (no added sugar)
So many grilled pineapple recipes call for sugar, but this doesn’t. Grilling the pineapple brings out the natural sweetness. You’ll simply marinade the pineapples with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and cinnamon, let them sit, and grill.
7. Cream Cheese Wontons
Grab some wonton wrappers and make tasty finger foods for your luau party. You can fill them with shrimp, pork, beef, vegetables, or cream cheese.
I chose to feature an easy cream cheese wonton recipe.
It combines shallots with cream cheese. Delicious! And the prep time is only twenty minutes.
Or pick up some frozen wontons from a grocery store to make it even easier.
8. Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn
Serve a tasty combo of popcorn, seasoned seaweeds, toasted sesame seeds, and crunchy rice crackers with a soy sauce coating and a buttery topping. Your guests will be excited to try this popular Hawaiian snack.
Get four packages of microwave Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn™ for your tropical event.
What’s a Luau party be without some exciting games!
Travel around the islands, stump coconuts, race to create a tropical drink…
We’ve got an array of entertaining luau party fames for adults.
Get ready to laugh, compete, and make fantastic summer memories.
9. Furikake Chex Mix
I searched for fun finger foods for a luau and ran across this recipe: Furikake Chex Mix.
I learned that furikake comes from a Japanese verb that means “to sprinkle over.” And that’s what you’ll do. You prepare the snack mix and sprinkle over some delicious seasonings.
10. Pineapple Coconut Balls
Pineapple and coconut! What could be more Hawaiian than that! These luau inspired appetizers will please the crowd.
Save yourself from the last-minute hassle and make some no-bake pineapple coconut balls ahead.
11. Fluffy Hawaiian Fruit Dip
Set out an inviting fruit platter and a bowl of fluffy Hawaiian fruit dip. This dip has only four ingredients and takes only ten minutes to make.
Looking for a fruit tray that keeps your dip refreshingly cold? This serving tray on ice is a fantastic solution. No more lukewarm dips!
12. Roasted Asparagus
Roasted asparagus is a fun vegetable finger food. This recipe calls for nutritional yeast which is not only nutritious but also a delicious, savory topping. But you can always leave it out or use parmesan cheese as substitute.
13. Hawaiian Meatballs
Serve Hawaiian meatballs with pineapple chunks as a fun appetizer or main dish with rice and vegetables. This easy recipe uses frozen meatballs that are cooked in a crockpot with BBQ sauce, green onions, garlic, and pineapple.
Use a toothpick to create a pineapple chunk and meat ball finger food.
You’ve already explored thirteen mouthwatering luau finger foods, but if you’re craving even more ideas, but I’ve got you covered. Check out these 10 easy cold appetizers for luau party that are perfect for your tropical event.
Host a Fun-Filled, Relaxed Luau Party
- 13 easy luau finger foods (You are here)
- 10 simple cold appetizers for luau party, make ahead, chill, and serve
- 24 exciting luau party games for adults (many of these are fun for older kids too)
- Christmas in July? Take a look at these FREE Christmas Luau printables