By B.J. Reyes
No word on whether they plan to dig an imu in the South Lawn, but organizers say the locale is going Hawaiian this Thursday for the first White House Luau.
It’s a twist on the annual Congressional picnic for members of Congress and their families.
The luau will feature a menu of contemporary Hawaiian cuisine by award-winning chef Alan Wong, according to the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.
“This event gives us a chance to showcase to all Americans the Hawaiian contemporary cuisine that is based on fresh local ingredients and which blends all of the island’s many ethnic influences,” Wong said in a news release.,
Entertainment is being provided by Tihati Productions, complete with 20 dancers and musicians from Hawaii showcasing the historical and cultural stories of the islands through traditional song and dance, HVCB said.
The tourism bureau is hoping for a bump in business, too.
“We hope our mainland compatriots take this opportunity to learn about the culture and cuisine of our islands, and we welcome all Americans to come share in the Aloha spirit that makes Hawaii such a wonderful place for both vacation and business,” HVCB President and CEO John Monahan said in a statement. “Hawaii offers vacationers and business travelers the chance to experience one-of-a-kind cultural, culinary and recreational offers in a very convenient, affordable and beautiful setting.
Also no word on whether one of the Hawaii-born president’s favorite treats will be served.
Someone keep Bo out of the mac salad!