If you go to Hawaii, you must attend a luau.
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.
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?
I wish I could offer smell-o-vision.
Plumeria blossoms are SO fragrant – kind of like jasmine, but sweeter and prettier….
This ‘warrior’ demonstrated husking a coconut…..
This guy climbed up the palm tree – lickety split – and then showered flowers down on us.
We participated in the Hukilau on the beach and learned the net fishing techniques of old Hawai’i.
“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