It is a tradition here in Hawaii to commemorate a baby’s first birthday with a huge luau. Hundreds of family and friend come together to celebrate baby’s first year with large amounts of food and music. In the ohana (family) tradition, most of the food is prepared by various family members. An uncle will cook the imu pig. aunties will get together and wrap lau lau over the previous months and freeze them. A hanai (informally adopted) brother will go fishing for the poke.
I attended a baby luau for 350 this weekend for my husband’s friend’s grandson. Since we own a catering company we did a lot of the coordination between what each family member was making and then threw in some other things to round out the menu. Of course there was way too much food and guests brought home lots of leftovers.