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Makeup Ideas and Hawaiian Costumes

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Ruth, a.k.a. Elayne Kongaika, was raised in the orchard town of Orem, Utah. She married a Polynesian and has had amazing travel experiences.


You may be having a party and have chosen a Hawaiian theme. Or, you might have decided to go trick or treating as a Polynesian maiden.

Don't worry men, we did not forget you! You can go as a Haka Warrior Hunk! Children also love to dress up in hula skirts and leis. And, don't forget your dog!

Whatever the reason is, here are some costume and makeup ideas you might want to consider. For sure it will put you in a festive mood. You will feel like you are already in Paradise.

You might try this creative party Hula Dancer idea: make a volcano out of clay, then erupt it with vinegar and baking soda and little red food coloring! Give out a great pair of flip flops to the guests as party favors!

Remember, that a flower behind the left ear means taken or married, whereas a flower behind the right ear symbolizes single.


You can make your own hula skirt by purchasing an inexpensive artificial lei which has flowers. Then you take the lei apart. Use some wide green ribbon and sew or hot glue the crepe paper to it and then cover the top with the flowers, one by one.

For the Ladies

  • Grass skirt (you can make your own - see below)
  • Hawaiian print midriff top, bikini top or coconut bra
  • Clear sandals, flip flops or bare feet
  • Flower to pin behind your ear
  • Lei or leis - can be worn as anklets, crowns or bracelets
  • You can also take a headband and sew artificial flowers to it

To look like the glamorous vintage Hawaiian pin-up girls

  • Wear a figure hugging halter top with a cinched waistline in a floral print or a bikini top
  • Sarong or pareo as a skirt
  • With this you will want to wear stilletos
  • Flower behind ear and leis around neck

Or if you are a bit shy and feel a little exposed, you can wear a sun dress or a muumuu-style dress which is long and flowing, and usually comes in floral colors or patterns.

For the Men

  • Loose fitting Aloha shirt
  • Khaki shorts
  • Sandals, flip flops or bare feet
  • Straw hat or visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Lei

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To look like the Haka Warrior Hunk

  • Bare chest (looks best with muscles)
  • Hula skirt or floral-print sarong worn tight like a short skirt - sort of like a diaper
  • Spear or sharp stick
  • Greenery around arms, ankles and on head (could be an artificial green lei)
  • Fake tribal tattoos on biceps or wherever
  • May need to use some quick tanning solution
  • Colored contacts (brown or dark) if you really want to get into it (surprise her!)

Hawaiian Luau Makeup Ideas

To really have fun, add some vibrant Hawaiian makeup. Shades of turquoise, azalea, amethyst, ocean frost, and Aztec gold are just a few that are available to use.

Don't forget plenty of eyeliner and mascara. Don't forget the eyebrows too. Have fun with it.

Gotta have bright lipstick - come on it is just for one night!

There are some great eye makeup videos on this hub, so be sure to watch them and be inspired. I was.

Ideas for Face Painting at Your Party

Be sure to use hypoallergenic paints for face painting.

Of course, a luau brings to mind delicious fruits of Hawaii, including pineapples, coconut, and bananas.

Also, tropical flowers are popular, including orchids, plumeria, hibiscus and bird of paradise. You could even paint a small palm tree on some lucky person.

Sea creatures are fun and easy - a crab, seahorse, dolphin, whales, turtle or seals. Geckos and parrots would also be hits. Sand dollars, shells and starfish would also make someone really happy.

Children especially love face painting or you could do it as part of your Halloween costume.

Go to this site for art ideas - enter Hawaiian or Tropical

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Elayne


Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on March 21, 2012:

Thank you laurel536. Glad you liked the Hawaiian party ideas. Aloha!

laurel536 from North Carolina, United States on March 20, 2012:

Love these ideas particularly the makeup and the suggestions about the hula skirt.

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on October 06, 2011:

Yes, that is a possibility SammyDrago. It is the time of year anything goes as far as makeup and costumes are concerned. Thanks for your comments.

SammyDrago from London, UK on October 06, 2011:

Good article, do you think you will do something similar for Halloween makeup? Quite a popular subject at the moment :-)

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on August 27, 2011:

Thank you Ebower. Glad you enjoyed the hub about Hawaiian makeup.

Yes, it is amazing, isn't it f? Thanks for commenting.

f on August 26, 2011:

The color scheme in the main photo is amazing....

Erin Bower from Georgia on August 26, 2011:

I love these ideas! The makeup is tropical and beautiful. I voted this up and beautiful.

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on January 15, 2011:

So glad you liked it. I wish I could see a picture. Thanks for commenting.

??? on January 15, 2011:

thx 4 the help.gonna wear it to a party.

peacegirl101 on September 19, 2010:

No problem, elayne! I love to do it! :)



Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on September 07, 2010:

You are welcome. Thanks for always commenting on my hubs.

peacegirl101 on September 07, 2010:

Yes I did, thanks again!

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on September 05, 2010:

You are welcome peacegirl101 - glad you liked it.

peacegirl101 on September 05, 2010:

Mahalo! :D

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on September 01, 2010:

You are right - Aloha means hello and goodbye and also love. Mahalo means thank you - now you know two works peacegirl101. Thanks for commenting.

peacegirl101 on September 01, 2010:

Beautiful hub!! Awesome tips!!! :)

I only know one word in the Hawaiian language and that's Aloha!!! Greetings, right?

Aloha! :)

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on August 18, 2010:

Thanks for that pmccray - you are too kind. I wear makeup every day, but for special occasions it is fun to experiment. Glad you enjoyed it.

pmccray on August 18, 2010:

How beautiful and fun. I adore playing with makeup in the photos this makeup application is unique. Thanks so much for this hub, voted up, marked beautiful/useful and shared.

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on August 08, 2010:

Thanks LianaK. Glad you enjoyed them.

LianaK on August 08, 2010:

What a wonderful hub and great ideas! :)

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on August 08, 2010:

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on August 08, 2010:

Great! I'm excited to hear about it.

equealla from Pretoria, South Africa on August 08, 2010:

I've discussed with the kid's - they think it's a great idea. Will let you know.

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on August 07, 2010:

That's great equealla. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and let me know if you end up using your idea.

equealla from Pretoria, South Africa on August 07, 2010:

The dogs in grass skirts, ha ha I found it real funny. My dogs like "dressing up" because they do receive a lot of attention this way.

I have a fitness video, with hawaien dances to do. This is too difficult for me, and when I do it, I get equally enough attention as the dogs in clothes, and equally so, the same ammount of giggles behind hands.

Wonderful hub. My youngest daugter is having her 21st soon, and you gave me a bright idea!

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on August 05, 2010:

Thanks so much Uma07. I didn't know they had Hawaiian dances in India. That is terrific. I appreciate your comments.

Uma07 on August 05, 2010:

Great hub.Hawaiian dances are quite popular on some reality shows here in India and that's how we get to know about different costumes.But your presentation is great and THUMBS UP for this fabulous hub.

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on August 04, 2010:

Thanks Pamela99 - well, it is not worn every day, but for special occasions.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 04, 2010:

Elayne, I didn't know Hawaii makeup was different. Everything is very colorful. Interesting hub.

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on August 04, 2010:

Glad you liked the ideas for Hawaiian makeup and costumes and yes, it is fun.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on August 04, 2010:

Lovely ideas and it must be real fun.

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on August 04, 2010:

Glad you liked the hub HealthyHanna. I appreciate your comments.

HealthyHanna from Utah on August 04, 2010:

What a fun hub! Great ideas.

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on August 04, 2010:

Glad you found the Hawaiian costumes entertaining. Sorry about the dogs - maybe they were shy.

@Mentalist acer - yes, as long as it is vibrant and reflects the colors of Paradise, it will do - no browns or grays please.

Thank you msorensson. I appreciate that.

msorensson on August 04, 2010:

Well done :-)

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on August 04, 2010:

I was not aware of the unique makeup styles of Hawaii,Elayne;)

drbj and sherry from south Florida on August 04, 2010:

Enjoyed the great ideas in this Hawaiian costume hub. But the dogs in the illustrations don't seem to be too fascinated by the whole idea. :)

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