The optimal way to celebrate the dust-coated collectors’ items of New York is with a theme that reflects the eccentricity of New Yorkers — in this case, Hawaiian culture. The City Reliquary Founder’s Luau is in its second year or “hana hou” (pidgin for encore), and boasts plenty of vintage Hawaiian vinyl spun by DJ Steel Guitar. It’s supplemented by a dinner of authentic Hawaiian cuisine from its neighbor Onomea (expect Spam). Since City Reliquary is well aware that Hawaiian culture does not stop at pineapple pizza and plastic leis, its luau includes Polynesian dance performances by Kaina Quenga and Hoaaloha, as well as “mele,” or Hawaiian poetry, chanted by Dewi Maile Lim. The evening includes live music by Zeph and Jonny and a post-show performance by the Lucky Chops Brass Band. You won’t wave your final alohas without a Hawaiian souvenir or two tucked under your arm.

Fri., July 25, 6 p.m., 2014

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 23, 2014

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