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On Location: Hawaiian Cuisine and More

The “On Location” program on Hawaiian cruises means a whole roster of activities and experiences to immerse guests into Hawaiian culture and history. From hula lessons and lei making to culinary demonstrations from a local chef to delicious Hawaiian dishes on the menus, there’s a variety of activities that bring the Aloha spirit onboard. Here is a recipe for Chicken Luau so you can bring a taste of Hawaii into your home.


10 servings


3 1/2 pounds skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 ounce lemon grass (whole stalks)
1 1/2 tablespoons minced ginger
1 3/4 tablespoons minced garlic
3/4 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno
3 tablespoons finely sliced red onions
1/2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 cup canned coconut milk
3 ounces santen block
1 teaspoon Kaffir lime leaves
3.5 ounces olive oil
1 1/4 tablespoons brown sugar
salt as needed
pepper as needed

10 servings steamed Jasmine rice
10 servings roasted root vegetables
10 servings grilled pineapple


Sauce: Sauté onions, ginger, garlic, lemon grass and jalapeno then add chicken stock, add coconut milk, santen block, heavy cream, lemon grass, lime leaves, lime juice, brown sugar, salt and pepper and simmer for 10-12 minutes until desired thickness is achieved. Strain through a fine sieve and save until needed.

Season chicken with salt and pepper then sear in olive oil until golden brown on both sides. Lay in a two-inch food pan and coat with coconut cream sauce. Cover the pan with foil and braise in oven at 400 F for 6-8 minutes until internal temperature of chicken is 160 F.

Present as in photo, sprinkled with chopped cilantro, rice, vegetables and pineapple.

If you’re onboard and get the munchies after the evening entertainment, head up to the Late-Night Snack. On Hawaiian cruises, the Hawaii-Style Late-Night Snack features a tasty array of local delicacies.

Hawaii-Style Late-Night Snack:

Corn Bread with Jalapeño
Dark Rye Bread
Portuguese Bread Rolls
Bowl of Whole Fresh Fruits

Chilled Options
Calamari and Jicama Salad
Conch and Sweet Pepper Salad
Tomato and Onion Salad in Basil-Lemon Dressing
Escabeche de pato – Duck Salad
Mixed greens with avocado and cucumber in lemon-red pepper dressing

Hot Selections
Sweet Yam Soup
Fish Tempura with Sweet and Sour Sauce
Aji de gallina – Chicken in hot pepper and walnut sauce
Grilled Beef Short Ribs in Sweet & sour sauce
Kalbi Beef Short Ribs
Guiso de papas con pimientos – Braised potatoes and sweet peppers
Assorted Sausages

Sweet Endings
Coconut custard
Lahaina Island Rum Cake with Mango Sauce
Nawiliwili Fried Banana with Hawaiian Vanilla Sauce
Fresh Fruit Salad
Assorted Cheeses with Fruit and Crackers
Create Your Own Sundae at the Ice Cream Parlor

You’ve seen photos on the blog of the interesting lei making classes, and here’s a glimpse into the hula lessons, thanks to guest Noel Bell who snapped this on his recent voyage from the U.S. to Sydney via Hawaii.


What Hawaiian experiences would you like to try onboard? The cuisine? Hula lessons? Tell us in the comments below!

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