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Outrigger resort in Mauritius introduces Hawaiian Nights


BEL OMBRE, MAURITIUS – The Outrigger brand originated from Hawaii nearly seven decades ago and today, the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort is incorporating some of that aloha spirit by introducing Hawaiian Nights on Saturdays.

As Outrigger has expanded over the years, unique island hospitality, flavors and sounds now link all of its beachfront resorts from Hawaii to Mauritius via Fiji, Guam, Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand, as well as the Maldives.

Some big and authentic Hawaiian flavors, hula dancing and Mai Tai cocktails have now come ashore at Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort.

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, whole kalua pork, huli huli chicken, beef hekka and grilled calamari with potato puree, to name a few examples.

WP-Picture-49On Hawaiian Nights, the charcuterie section will feature poke, lomilomi salmon, SPAM® musubi, potato mac salad and sesame cabbage salad.

Outrigger’s director of cultural experiences, Kaipo Ho, 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 add up to a wonderful culinary diversity,” says Kaipo. “Everyone will find a favorite dish they really love.”

For example a traditional Hawaiian dish is kalua pork. “Lua” means “pit,” referring to the tradition of cooking a whole pig in underground pit ovens. The resulting pork has a succulent smoked flavor that is one of the main delicacies in a traditional Hawaiian luau or feast.

Huli huli chicken is another special flavor: “huli huli” means to turn repeatedly – so chicken is cooked rotisserie-style over an open flame.

Beef hekka is a Japanese-influenced dish thought to have been 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 Nights takes place every Saturday 6:30-10 p.m. 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 9 p.m.

The cost is MUR1850 (US$50) per adult; teenagers MUR1750 (US$47); children 4-11 MUR 550 (US$15); and free for under 4s. For further information and bookings, email or call the food and beverage concierge: +230 623 5010.

Hawaiian Nights in Mauritius: download images here.

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