Hale Koa lu'au
historical or recurring issues
Imu has been ending too early, thus causing guests to come into the dining area when staff is not ready. This disrupts their service cycle and their standards are being thrown off. Hale Koa has asked us to stick to the established timeline, as shown below:
- Imu cannot end earlier than 6:20pm. It can end later than 6:20, but NEVER earlier.
- Musicians need to start playing Tipi Tipi at 5:50pm, and end Coco Climb NO EARLIER than 6:10pm. This allows 20 minutes for Fashion Show, Hula Lesson, and Coco Climb.
- Imu is from 6:10-6:20pm and shall not end earlier than 6:20pm.
- Always know your time and stretch your spiel of you are running early.
It has been observed that our Maui has had difficulty making fire and a lighter is being used, per musicians commentary. They feel that the fire starter is a vital component of the show's opening feature, and lends to the overall success of the Lu'au, and we agree, as this is our standard.
- Prep your Aulima and Aunaki (sticks).
- Dry them completely.
- Make sure the Aulima is cut from the Aunaki. The wood needs to be the same for best results.
- At Call-Time, put gas into your husks and on the sticks and let them dry in direct sunlight for pre-show.
- If weather is not sunny, use the blow dryer to dry the sticks and the Pulu. Blow dry them til they're hot.
- Take out all the variables and full proof your process. There is NO EXCUSE for not making the Fire.
Musicians: Please refrain from joking commentary. We are performing a cultural re-enactment, so please use supportive commentary. Read the tips below!
- Buy time so that Maui can rest and catch his breath between attempts.
- Tell the audience that the long stick is called Aunaki and the rubbing stick is called Aulima.
- Explain to the audience how difficult it is to perform this task, especially with the Hawaii's humidity and moisture filled air.
- Let them know that in order to start the fire, the temperature of the wood must reach 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and in some cases, it must reach up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
HK assignment charts
All Line Captains should be completing the assignment chart. This allows us to not only keep track of who did what task, but also maintain rotations so everyone is taking part in every task. We want our performers to take part in every task so they are familiar with it. If one person does the same task for months, when the time comes for them to do something else, they may forget crucial parts that will effect the overall quality of our lu'aus. See below for correctly and incorrectly filled out charts.
Misplacing Pre-Show Materials
Maintaining Pre-Show Supplies