Hawaii Adventures Day 2: Meandering Around Lahaina & Luau Shenanigans
Good Evening Beautiful People! ❤
What an amazing day it was! Today I want to show you my day in pictures. 🙂 I woke up to a sky full of brilliant colors. The weather was cool, but I could still feel a bit of humidity. My mom’s condo has a beautiful lanai, (or open-air patio), that makes the outside come in. Needless to say, it’s my new favorite spot.
Like most days, I started mine with more apple bananas and a cup of green tea with honey. Only this time…. I enjoyed honey right here from the island of Maui. The honey was thick, and creamy. It wasn’t refined and gooey like maple syrup. It was like Mother Nature’s candy and I couldn’t get enough. One heaping spoonful in my tea and I trotted out to the lanai to relax and read. (Side note: for any of you out there that swoon at supernatural-romance novels… I’m currently reading “Hush Hush” by: Becca Fitzpatrick, about a girl who falls in love with a fallen archangel. It’s amazing and so worth the read).
Then we were off to go shopping and check out Lahaina! What a fun, busy, tourist town it is. Many cruise liners come into Lahaina so be sure to visit when it’s not a peak tourist time, or else Front Street will be jammed. Trust me. Right now isn’t a “tourist time” and still I found myself thinking, “wow this is a lot of people!”. However, we marched along and weaved through the crowds to find some really neat shops. They had a Dole Whip Ice Cream Parlor and a Lush body products shop. There were fudge shops and even a Christmas store! Yes, Lahaina has it all, but we made a bees line for the Honolulu Cookie Company. Why? Because their selection of shortbread cookies is awesome, and they have free samples galore.
After shopping it was off to the Lahaina Library where we stocked up on a few great books to read. Little did I know that we would get an incredible view of the island of Lanai right there! ….
As the peak heat of the day soared, sweat began to cake our backs. We rested for a bit before heading down to Ka’anapali Beach to walk along the resorts. There is a giant sidewalk where tourists can walk along the boardwalk from hotel to hotel and really soak up the sights. We saw swans, flamingos, and even penguins(!) right there on the path. It was stunning and I highly recommend you checking it out when you visit.
This little guy was right there to say hello at the Hyatt Resort! (I totally swooned at how adorable he was). 🙂
And now for the part you all have been waiting for…. the food. 😉
It was finally time for the luau! After getting in line way ahead of time to make sure we got a great spot at the assigned table area, we took our seats. We were so fortunate to be able to sit right next to the VIP area in the very front row. I was a bit skeptical at how authentic this luau would be, and if I would really like it. They began by doing a ceremony to honor the pig that was roasted for 12 hours in a fire pit by traditional means. (Admittedly I frowned at my husband and felt badly for the pig that died.)
Then it was time to eat. Now this luau had an interesting scheduling method. First off, the luau was a buffet with 6 identical lines of food to break down stampedes of people. The entire buffet would be open for 1 hour and 30 minutes. The VIP group got to have access for the full 1 hr. and 30 minutes. The rest of us got about 45 minutes to an hour to queue up for food after the VIP had been served. Of that 45 minutes, the hosts released people to the buffet one table at a time. So we actually only had about 30 minutes of access to the buffet.
Mr. Noob Chef and I are bonafide fatties. We hide nothing when it comes to our love for food and eating a great meal. So when Mr. Noob Chef heard the words “all you can eat buffet”…. well… he was sold. Fast forward to the part where we only had 30 minutes to eat. We looked at each other and said, “go big or go home, baby”. Forget the diets and stop counting those calories because it was “go time”. You would have thought we were competitively eating because we stacked those plates full!
I stacked my plate high too…. hehe!
Now I had a goal: grab everything on the first go round. Eat one bite of everything… see what I like…. then go back for a “real” plate of my favorites. Well, I’ll be honest. The food was– okay. So my plate actually ended up looking like this…..
A heaping plate of spicy poke and 4 poi rolls with lilikoi butter. Is it healthy? Hell no. Was it tasty? You bet your ass it was. 🙂 Here’s the best part: I actually went to the grocery store earlier to try and get some poke. But it was way too expensive ($17.99/lb.!) so we didn’t buy any. Lo and behold, there it was on the buffet. Score!!!
As we were noshing on seafood and fresh dinner rolls the performance began. And my friends, that is where the magic happened. From traditional hula dancers in rainbow colors to fire dancers and men doing the haka, the performance was put on by the Hyatt Hotel and I can’t rave enough about it. It’s called “The Drums of the Pacific” and is a journey around Polynesia. Each dance comes from a different island and reflects their various languages, dance styles, and even traditional garb. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Just as the night was winding down… our eyes were getting heavy… and our bellies couldn’t stomach another bite. It was the part of the performance where the dancers choose someone to come on stage and dance with them. In case you didn’t know…. I don’t do public dancing. Sure, I’ll bust a move in my house. But on stage in front of 300 people? Pass. So I did what any shy person would do in that situation– I whipped out my phone pretending to be looking at something. The dancers moved around scanning for people. The men chose ladies. And the lady dancers chose men from the audience. Seconds before the dancers began to file back on stage with their partners, one of the men took my daughters hand and led her on stage!
My husband and I looked at each other with open mouths and wide eyes. There was our beautiful little girl, all smiles, going up on stage to learn the hula! The music began and away she went flowing her arms and shaking her hips. With a grin from ear to ear I filmed the entire thing cheering her on all the way. You go, Noob Chef Junior!! “Did you see me?!” she squealed after the dance was over and she returned to her seat. What an amazing end to a perfect day. 🙂 Stay tuned for more adventures tomorrow! Have a wonderful night everyone and as always, keep on cooking! 🙂