In ancient Hawaiian times men and woman ate their meals separately, but in 1819 King Kamehameha II performed a symbolic act by eating with the women and the luau-party was born.
Today Hawaiian men and women perform in ritual dances at luaus for tourists. The shows are generally cheesy and the food is not very good. But tourists keep coming back for some reason, including me.
This year they let me come into the kitchen and take a picture of my pig before I ate it. I think that experience actually made it taste better and the show more enjoyable.
Although, I did try each of the native Hawaiian cocktails they were serving several times. That may have had something to do with it too.