When Omar came home, his mom, sister and niece came for a visit. One of the things at the top of their (and my!) list was a luau. This is one of the ‘Hawaiian’ things I had been saving to be able to do with my husband.
We chose Paradise Cove, it’s faaaaaar away from us (relatively speaking, maybe 1/2 hour of driving) we got our tickets from ITT (way cheaper if you are military). We upgraded to the mid-level package. I don’t know if it makes a huge difference besides where you sit, we did get good seats. However seating in each section depends on what time you get there so try to get there early.
There are lots of activities to keep you busy until dinner starts so take your time and try to do them all if you can. Here Mckenna and Leah are showing off their tattoos and haku leis.
Omar and his mama…
This guy climbed up this tree in no time and then dropped flowers down on the crowd. It was really pretty. Not sure if it is at all authentic but hey it looked cool. OH! The one thing that drove me NUTS was the MC calling all the people there ‘cousin’. I have NEVER heard people here refer to people like that. Brudda, sistah, yeah… cousin? Never! So of course it stuck in our heads and we use it all the time now.
They also had a fishing demonstration which was pretty cool. There was another silly part with some guys they picked from the audience who had to wear hula skirts and dance goofy but it was pretty cheesy.
Next up was a little ceremony with royalty and a little hula before pulling the pig out of the imu.
After that we sat back down and were called table by table to go hit the buffet. The food was good and there was plenty of it. People went back for seconds and there was a dessert table as well. The kids got to go up on stage for a kids hula lesson… It was super cute.
And then we had the real hula dancers… They were awesome. They did a few different kinds of hula and fire dance. I myself LOVE the Tahitian hula, man those hips are crazy! The lighting wasn’t great for pictures so I won’t upload a bunch of bad ones (just one bad one)
While this is the only luau we have been to we had a really good time and felt like it was worth it. It’s pretty much something you have to do when you come to Hawaii.