Luau

If you go to Hawaii, you must attend a luau.

Yes, MUST!

In fact, I’m pretty sure they won’t even let you back on the plane to go home if you haven’t attended one….that’s how important they are.

We went to a luau in Paradise Cove on the Ko’Olina Coast. (Our luau included bus transportation from our hotel, which I highly recommend) The driver was fun, lively and hilarious — that drive was a wonderful part of our luau adventure.

The feast and festivities of the lu’au are the traditional ways that the people of Hawaii have celebrated special occasions.

Okay – so the very first thing that happens when you get to a luau is you get layed….um…oops…I mean lei’d.

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Then they take your picture with very good looking natives and then hand you your first Mai Tai (this keeps you smiling by the way.)

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Live Hawaiian music helps set the festive mood of the evening. We casually strolled through the Hawaiian Village and learned some arts & crafts of the islands.

Grammy and I made fancy headbands with palm leaves and plumeria blossoms. They just add the perfect touch to any outfit, don’t you think?

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I wish I could offer smell-o-vision.

Plumeria blossoms are SO fragrant – kind of like jasmine, but sweeter and prettier….

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Then the conch shell was blown to call everyone to see a demonstrations by the natives.

This ‘warrior’ demonstrated husking a coconut…..

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This guy climbed up the palm tree – lickety split – and then showered flowers down on us.

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We participated in the Hukilau on the beach and learned the net fishing techniques of old Hawai’i.

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Then the drums sounded, the canoe came in to view and we were invited to be seated for dinner and the show….

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…but that’s another story and you’ll have to wait until tomorrow.

“Hawaii is a special place. It is truly multicultural… more nearly a nation than any other state… We may be a small state geographically, but we are a giant in terms of human relations, human understanding, and the achievement of human dignity. …” George R Ariyoshi

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