Aloha AOH Long Islanders

After a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 2 in Babylon, New York were able to bring back their annual Hawaiian luau family picnic on August 13, 2022.

Held at their Irish Cultural Center building at 27 Locust Ave, Babylon, NY, the members of the AOH and the Ladies’ AOH held their much beloved family event of the summer.

To promote their motto of “friendship and unity,” the event welcomed all members and their friends and families to enjoy an outdoor barbeque featuring the best of Hawaiian and traditional American foods. Attendees were able to don their favorite Hawaiian shirts, skirts, and leis while enjoying a mix of family-friendly music selected by in-house DJ Ron.

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Outdoor games such as cornhole and giant Jenga were available and enjoyed by all.

Children (and some adults) were able to get their faces painted to look like their favorite animals. To help wash down the burgers, hot dogs, pineapple chicken, rice, watermelon, and Italian ices, the great bartenders spent the day mixing popular Hawaiian drinks, such as pina coladas and Mai Tais (non-alcoholic versions were available as well).

With the assistance of beautiful weather with cloudless skies and an abundance of sunlight, those in attendance were able to see old friends and make new ones.

While the mixing of Irish and Hawaiian cultures may be unique, this fun, relaxing, family-friendly event has quickly become one of the most cherished and well-attended events for the Babylon Hibernians and all in attendance were thrilled to come together once again. Until next summer, Aloha and Sláinte!