Since the early days of lavish lu¯‘au feasts, friends and family in Hawai‘i have celebrated all occasions with food. These days, almost no one arrives at a party or gathering without bringing something tasty to share.
The potluck party, where each guest brings a special dish to the table and everyone partakes of the wide variety of flavors, is the classic local way of getting together, sharing happy moments, and talking story. Pupu—Hawaiian for appetizers, or finger food—are some of the easiest dishes to make and to share.
Pupu recipes are as diverse as Hawai‘i’s vast array of cultural ingredients and flavors reflecting contributions from all of Hawai‘i’s ethnic and social groups.