Several church-sponsored lu'au are scheduled in the coming weeks. The first two are well-known typical local church lu'au, held at the church, with food prepared by members, and entertainment likely from church members who donate their time, but are probably otherwise professional musicians and dancers.
July 21- Kaumakapili Church, 766 N. King St., 845-0908, near downtown Honolulu. The 41st annual luau fundraiser, offering homemade Hawaiian food, will be held July 21, with takeout box meals available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $20; pick up on Kanoa Street, one block mauka of North King, off Palama Street. The sit-down all-you-can-eat feast and entertainment starts at 5 p.m. for $30. To purchase tickets, call the church office.
Aug 4 - Liliuokalani Protestant Church, 66-090 Kamehameha Highway, 637-9364, O'ahu North Shore. The Haleiwa church is selling tickets to its 36th annual benefit luau, offering authentic Hawaiian food, starting at 1 p.m. Aug. 4 with live entertainment. Tickets are $17.50 for takeout orders from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; for sit-down meals under the big tent, $20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Call the church office for tickets.
Also on August 4 - Bishop's Lu'au at the Bishop Museum, near downtown Honolulu. This one is quite different - honoring the visiting Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and at $75 much more expensive than a typical church event. Food is probably catered, rather than prepared by church ladies, and is apparently part of a series of fundraising events for the Desmond Tutu Outreach Fund. Entertainment may feature more prominent professionals.
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