The Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort has introduced Hawaiian nights on Saturdays. Outrigger Resorts has its origins in Hawaii where the company is now four generations old.
As Outrigger has expanded over the years, unique island hospitality flavours and sounds now unite all of its beachfront resorts from Hawaii to Mauritius via Fiji, Guam, Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand, and the Maldives.
Some big and authentic Hawaiian flavours, hula hula dancing and Mai Tai cocktails have now come ashore at Outrigger Mauritius.
Guests in Mauritius can now say ‘Aloha’ to mouth-watering dishes such as Big Island Clam-Lemongrass Soup, Hawaiian-style Fish Tacos with Mahi Mahi, Kalua Whole Pork, Huli Huli Chicken, Beef Hekka, and Grilled Calamari with Potato Puree, to name a few examples.
On Hawaiian nights there will also be Poke, Lomilomi Salmon, Spam (yes spam) Musubi, Potato Mac Salad and Sesame Cabbage Salad.
Outrigger Hawaiian cultural ambassador and food expert Kaipo Ho loves to eat and has advised Outrigger chefs in Mauritius about the Hawaiian menu and culinary heritage.
“The Hawaiian islands are blessed with a wide variety of fresh tropical produce, abundant local seafood, and a melting pot of ethnic influences which all adds up to a wonderful culinary diversity,” says Kaipo. “Everyone will find a favourite dish they really love.”
For example there is Kulua whole pork. “Ka Lua” means “pit,” referring to the tradition of cooking whole pig in underground pit ovens. The resulting pork has a succulent smoked flavour that is one of the main delicacies in a traditional Hawaiian Lu’au or feast.
Huli Huli Chicken is another special flavour. “Huli huli” means to turn repeatedly – so the chicken is cooked rotisserie style over an open flame.
Beef Hekka is a Japanese influenced dish probably brought to Hawaii by Japanese migrants who came to the islands in the 1800s to work the sugar plantations.
“Poke” in the Hawaiian language means to slice or cut crosswise into pieces. Poke is a raw fish delicacy in Hawaii. Like fried rice, there are also endless variations of poke. A traditional version of poke would be small cut blocks of fresh fish tossed with a variety of crunchy seaweed and sea salt.
For a Pacific island dessert there is Coconut Haupia, Kulolo, Malasadas, and Banana Guava pie.
Hawaiian night takes place every Saturday 6.30-10pm at Mercado in the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort. Hips start gyrating with hula dancing taking place at the adjacent Bar Bleu beside the beach from 9pm.
The cost is MUR1850 (US$50) per adult; teenagers MUR1750 (US$47); children 4-11 MUR 550 (US$15); and free for under 4s.