Suggested ages 4-14+ (depending on your child and friends)
Party options may need to be reduced for or modified to fit your specific time frame
and age group.
This party was planned for 6 year old girl and had boys and girls at various ages.
It was not a sleep over though could easily be one. (Option listed below). Can
have kids come in beach attire. Be sure to include it on the invitation. For Girls,
grass skirts and bathing suits or tank top and for boys I had "pirate" theme..with
bandannas and eye patches)
Full descriptions of activities are listed below...
Prep: Decide if you want to make or order grass skirts and leis (or skip that option)
Ordering Option: Oriental trading has grass skirts... though as a cost cutting yet
fun option is to purchase the Hibiscus Table Skirt and cut it into appropriate lengths
for each of your guests.
Prep for Table Skirt option: Table skirts, clear packing tape, Velcro dots or strips,
good scissors or utility knife. Pre-order early! The skirt length is about 9 ft
long. So measure your own child to estimate size of guests for how many skirts you
will need. (Some boys might like to wear a grass skirt but none of the boys at our
party made that choice!) Order skirt(s) early and allow time to arrive. When table
skirts arrive measure approximately the width of your birthday child and then cut
sections of the skirt for each guest. Use tape to hold the ends together around the
ends of the waist band to keep the ends from unraveling. Can attach Velcro to ends
ahead or wait as guests arrive to match size more appropriately.
Making Skirt option: Check out some of these options. FamilyFun: Hawaiian Grass Skirt
or WikiHow: Make a Grass Skirt Be sure to include the materials on your shopping
list if you choose this option! (You can make these ahead or use this as a craft
for the kids--best suited for older kids if choosing this option)
LEIS: Purchase or make
Ordering or Purchasing: Party Stores and online sources sells leis in bulk in varying
styles. Choose your options remembering to keep the cost in mind. If you want to
make this their take home gift...then splurge a bit more.
I have to be honest... I have done with the lei's both by buying and by making. If
$ money is not a big issue, I prefer to buy them usually the cheapest style. For
older kid guests, you can have the kids cut the flowers out for a craft. Depending
on the size of your guest list--for younger kids, it is a lot of work to cut out
all the flowers needed unless you have access to a Ellison Machine or some kind of
stencil cutter or lots of friends with scissors--but it does make a fun and cute
Hula Hoop Practice:
Prep: Hula Hoops in various sizes. (Can purchase one for each guest or have some
for them to share. You can borrow from friends for this as well!) You will need
Have the kids practice various kinds of Hula Hoop-ing. Make a list to have them
practice--around the hips, leg, arm, neck; rolling it along the ground by pushing
and running, make up a creative hula hoop trick of your own!
Hula Hoop Contest(s):
Prep: Hula hoops, teams
Have at least one hula hoop per team. Divide guests into teams or let them decide
teams. Decide on ahead of time or "wing" what you want them to do with the hula
Hula Hoop Relays:
running pushing hula hoops like a wheel--run forward or backwards
over/under-first person takes the hula hoop over their head and lowers it down their
body then the next person grabs the hoop and starts at their own feet and moves it
up their body toward their head and the next person takes the hoop and lowers it
down their body from the head down
Running through a hula hoop and back to the end of the line
Make an obstacle course with Hula Hoops (save on purchasing lots of hula hoops-Borrow
or give them as the take home gift!)
Stand in a circle holding hands (all guests or do two circles). Break the connection
of hands in one spot to add a hula hoop. The group has to work to get the hula hoop
completely the whole way back around the circle. (This is very funny--video should
be rolling!) You can use two different size hula hoops for older kids and can make
them hoops go in different directions!! (Definitely have the video for this!)
Use your imagination!
Beach Ball Activities:
Prep:Giant Beach ball or standard size beach balls or mini beach balls (Try online
or super-size type stores.) The following are options based on the type of activity
you choose: bed sheet, beach towels or volleyball/badminton net or a string across
an open space.
If you are fortunate enough to find a Giant Beach Ball...this will provide hours
of entertainment long after your party is done! Can use as a volleyball...with or
without a net. Regular beach balls can also be used as a volley ball (with or without
net) or can use a big sheet to bounce beach balls (like those parachute activities)...mini
beach balls are good for this too. Can also use beach towels between fewer number
Truly fun for all age levels! Consider your age group, where you are planning to
have your party and decide on your game!
Prep:Sandbox Needed (This a kind of important to the DIG part). Seashells bought
or from a collection. Online craft resources sell mini painted seashells for another
Bury the shells in the sand box. This is a great filler activity between games or
just for fun. Best with younger kids. Can also use this as a station. (Could also
do this as a buried treasure activity...bury "jewels" from a craft store)
Pass the Coconut/Coconut Relays:
Prep: Need two real coconuts. Check in grocery store produce section. They usually
sell the smaller variety. Hawaiian Music. (Be sure to play it in an area that can
hear the music or you can bring the music to the area.)
Pass the Coconut: Guests sit in a circle and pass the coconut like HOT POTATO. Play
music (Hawaiian would be optimal). Traditional practices have the player be out
if they are stuck with the coconut but you can play a that they are out for a round
or have to sit in the middle for a round and then get back in.
Coconut Relays: Have the guests stand in two lines. Everyone can raise their hand
when they are done.
Over/Under--first player passes it backwards over their head and the next player
passes it under between their legs.
Pass between the elbows
Pass between the feet
Pass under the chin (though this one might be a little rough for the younger crowd
with the texture of the coconut and the size for under their little chins)
Special Note: I am a strong believer in winning for fun or "bragging rights" and
not for prizes...but choose as you see fit for your party.
Musical Beach Towels: (optional)
Prep:Beach towels (Borrow or have guests bring a towel--Consider you guests...keep
in mind that younger guests might not enjoy others stepping on THEIR towel...if you
catch my idea.) Hawaiian Music
Have the guests lay out towels in a circle. Play Hawaiian Music. Play like Musical
Beach Towel Surfing: (optional)
Prep: Beach towels, Music--Wipe Out or Surfin' USA or Surfin' Safari
Have the guests lay out towels. Play Hawaiian Music. Play like Musical Chairs.
Optimal time for dinner or cake/dessert (optional)
For Younger ages see FamilyFun Sand Art (says it is for toddlers but would be fun
at really any age)
For Older ages make sand art bottles (Online--search SAND ART for ideas or kits or
shop craft stores for kits) or make your own with these instructions
Prep: Select your craft and add items to your shopping list. Need color sand, sand
kit or bottles, spoons, scissors, disposable plastic table cloth for table and floor
(or newspaper), Sharpie marker to label child's art.
Set up an area to assemble the sand art. Outside might work best but if you have
a garage or basement you could lay down newspaper or a disposable plastic table cloth.
Using helpers might be a good idea for ages 8 and under. Let the kids create their
Learn to Hula Video (optional)
Prep: Rent a "Learn to Hula" video from a video store or library or borrow from
This is an option that could be used while the kids are playing some free play and
you can be getting some prep work done for the next event, for dinner, dessert or
Optimal time for dinner or cake/dessert or presents. (optional)
Tacky Tourist Relay(optional)
Prep: Select items of clothing for 2 teams. You can use your imagination. Assemble
costumes into two tubs. Suggestions include: Hawaiian men's shirts, grass skirts,
bikini tops, big hats, big sunglasses, Bermuda shorts, lots of leis, kiddie floats,
Follow the directions for the Tacky Tourist Relay. (Variations are provided so read
through to decide what is appropriate for your group ahead of time.)
Tacky Tourist Relay Version 1 Put together two sets of "tourist gear" containing items
like a beach hat, sunglasses, lei, hula skirt, shorts, aloha shirt or muumuu, flip
flops, snorkel fins and snorkel, pail and shovel, camera on a strap, etc. Each set
of tourist gear needs to have similar, if not exactly the same items.
Have your guests divide into two teams. For this relay all team members begin at
a start/finish line. One at a time each team has a member run to the pile of tourist
gear,put on one item then run back to the start/finish line. Then he/she will pass
all the items he/she is wearing to the next awaiting team member. After the tourist
gear is on the new team member, that new person now runs down to the pile of tourist
gear and puts on another item, runs back to the start/finish line and pass off all
their tourist gear to the next awaiting team member. Each person takes a turn in
The first team wearing ALL the tourist gear or the number of items that there are
members of the team (i.e. 8 relay members= 8 items of tourist gear) crosses the start
/finish line wins the relay.
This is a great game to take fun photos of your luau guests!!!
Tacky Tourist Relay Version 2
Put together two sets of "tourist gear" containing items like a beach hat, sunglasses,
lei, hula skirt, shorts, aloha shirt or muumuu, flip flops, snorkel fins and snorkel,
pail and shovel, camera on a strap, swimming tube or kiddy float ring, etc.
Each set of tourist gear needs to have similar if not exactly the same items.
Put a chair, cone or some type of marker several yards from the start finish line
which everyone will need to run around.
Have your guests divide into two teams. For this relay all team members begin at
a start/finish line along with the pile of tourist gear.
At the start the first player for each team puts on ALL of the tacky tourist gear
then runs down to and round the marker with all the gear on then back to the start
finish line where they take off all the tourist gear and pass it to player 2. Once
player 2 has on all of the gear, they run down to the marker and back to the start/finish
line. Player 2 will pass it on to player 3, etc. Each player must put on all the
gear and run around the marker.
The first team to have all their last team member cross the finish line wins! Another
fun version... Take lots of photos!
This was a suggestion from a reader. Thanks!! Sounds like a lot of fun. I have done
tie dye making before, for this, I suggest a smaller group and additional adult helper
or best done for supervised teenagers. Have everything ready and outside if at all
possible. It will be a messy endeavor. Have separate labeled, seal-able zip baggies
for the wet items to go home. Need quite a few buckets and a table covered with
plastic disposable cloth. See instructions link here.
Sleep over Option: (optional)
Prep: Decide on the appropriateness of a sleep over for the party you are having
and the age of kids or mix. Be sure to include on the invitation that it is a sleep
over and what will be needed for the sleep over (particularly if it is the first
Get sleeping bag positions ready and pj's on for movie. Popcorn and drinks. Play
Hawaiian music to dance to entertain as they will finish at different times.
It is a good idea to preview the movie and/or check out sites like commonsensemedia.org
or Rotten Tomatoes or others for reviews about movies before allowing guests to see
it at your party. Please consider all guests before showing a movie to assure age-appropriateness
Towel surfing to Hawaiian music. Any games that the kids really enjoyed the day before.
Hawaiian MUSIC Suggestions:
Prep: Download, borrow from friends or library, or purchase a Hawaiian themed music
This party agenda can be used as a "guide". Activities may be omitted or rearranged.
Some activities might be more popular with the kids, so feel free to adjust based
on child interest level. Kids also like to add in games that they have learned or
know. This is totally okay to allow kid-run activities at 7-14 years old!
If you want to have a dinner as portion of the evening festivities... I would recommend
choosing a time while the kids are engaged in a game that can be done by themselves
and having an easy meal with the bulk of the prep done ahead.
Note: A good party always has plenty to do to keep the kids engaged...so plan more
as a fail-safe...not enough to do can be SCARY! Also, if the guests are having fun
with one activity, no need to try to rush them through something just because you
have more planned. Use their interest level as your guide.